Corporal Albert Scrimshaw
Video Nation: Remembering Albert
Lester Simpson talks about travelling to Belgium to pay his own unique tribute to a relative who lost his life in The Great War.
It was a trip to Belgium in 1994 that changed folk musician and BBC Radio Derby presenter Lester Simpson's perspective on the First World War forever.
After being booked to perform music near to the scene of a bloody battle which took place in 1917, Lester remembered hearing of a relative who lost his life there.
And some research soon revealed that man to be Lance Corporal Albert Scrimshaw of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, Lester's great uncle.
Now after returning from another trip to Belgium, Lester reflects on the human cost of that 'war to end all wars' and sadly notes that those who survived the bitter conflict are becoming thin on the ground.
He rounds off the video with some words of wisdom from Rudyard Kipling. You can watch it using the link above.
last updated: 04/11/2008 at 12:05