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From: "pne.anne" <>
Subject: Re: [ENG-LAN-BOLTON] WW1 Sourvenir Programme
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 21:44:35 -0000
Thank you for sending the souvenir booklet to the list. A few years ago,
someone sent me a black and white photo copy of the front of the booklet,
together with the page showing my grandad Thomas Martin. Now, thanks to
you, I have a copy of the whole thing.
I applied for my grandad's army record, but was told it was amongst the
burnt papers. From this programme, I learned that he was in the East
Lancashire Regiment and that on his return from the war, he lived in the
street where I spent most of my life before getting married. He died in his
40's when my mum was about 16, so I never knew him and nobody told me he had
lived in our street.
I was told that on his return home from the war, he was in hospital in
Liverpool. He could never wear a shirt collar because of the injuries he
received and he also sent his medals back as a protest. (I am not sure what
for). He received a letter from the King and Queen on his return home. I
think all Prisoners of War must have received one.
Buckingham Palace (There is a crease in the date). Probably 1918.
The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from the miseries and
hardships, which you have endured with so much patience and courage.
During these many months of trial the early rescue of our gallant Officers
and Men from the cruelties of their captivity has been uppermost in our
We are thankful that this longed for day has arrived, and that back in the
old Country you will be able once more to enjoy the happiness of a home and
to see good days among those who anxiously look for your return.
This is the only thing I have that belonged to my grandad and a photograph.
Anne in Bolton.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Dixon" <>
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: [ENG-LAN-BOLTON] WW1
> This discussion on WWI reminded me that while in England last year, I
> a number of old family papers. Among these was a souvenir booklet which
> produced to mark a celebration for the return of Prisoners of War from WW
> This was held on aturdy 21st June 1919, when Tea and Entertainment was
> at the Drill Hall in Silverwell Street.
> This event is referred to in a BEN Looking Back article:-
> This article refers to the booklet for this event, a copy of which had
> been sent to the paper.
> I had always been intending to make it a copy of thos booklet available
> the Online Parish Clerks site and this current interest has got me moving!
> Go to:-
> And follow the 'WW I' link.
> Regards, Paul Dixon
> Carrollton, Texas
> Co-ordinator, Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks
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