World War One Battle Honours

Contributed by Mark Toynbee

World War One Battle Honours

These are the three basic WW1 service medals given to my grandfather, Sgt.F.W.Toynbee of the 172nd Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers. They were mounted in this frame by his brother Stan in January 1922. If you follow the names of the battles on a map you see that my grandfather went up and down the Western front, setting mines for the start of every major offensive from 1915 to 1918. He came home in 1919. My dad told us he just sat in a chair, silent and ill, having been gassed and suffering from inhaling explosive chemicals and dust in the tunnels. He died, aged 36, not long after this memorial was made in 1922. Too late for his death to earn a war pension, leaving his wife and son (my dad) in penury. To quote Wilfred Owen - "The old lie - dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"

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  • 1. At 19:01 on 6 July 2010, injected wrote:

    Heartbreaking story. Do you think you could list the place names on the certificate? Can't read them in the photo. Thanks

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