WWI Military: Private Alfred Eric Entwisle No: 5064 9th Glasgow Highland Light Infantry, 14th Platoon, 4 Coy. Territorials. He was killed in action on 1/11/16, seventeen days before the end of the Battle of the Somme. His body was eventually found and buried on 16/12/16 by soldiers of the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade. The site was shelled & the grave was lost. Eric is commemorated on Pier/face 15c on the Thiepval Memorial, Picardie. Included in this archive are:-
1. Eric's letter home. Sept - Oct 1916 (12) plus a YMCA card & a few from his father & mother. Eric was discrete & very cautious about censorship. Regimental diaries show how intense the battle raged. Hew wrote about the discomforts of war, the pain in his feet, the cold & bivouacking in the wet.. outside & "the Germans let us know they are there ....".
2. An extensive archive of official War Department Regimental & family letters. In December 1918 no record was available of Eric's grave/. In March 1921 his parents were sent the 1914/18 British War Medal. In March 1921 The Death Plaque and The Great War for Civilisation Medal were received, by the family, in February 1922.
3. Included are letters of condolence from family, friends & other soldiers. Some written "somewhere in France", some from V.A.D. War Hospitals.
4. Small quantity of newspaper cuttings.
5. Eric's pencil and a lock of hair. This archive gives an emotive insight into Eric Entwisle's life, death & the impact on his family and friends.
It now requires more research.
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