1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

James Walter Lincoln

Contributed by: Pamela Lincoln, on 2008-11-09

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First Name James Walter
Surname Lincoln
Year of Birth 1881
Year of Death 1945
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Place of Wartime Residence Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire

James Walter's Story

He saw action in all three battles at Ypres, as a Driver with Royal Horse Artillery. He took part in the Christmas Truce, when both sides were heard singing "Silent Night" each in their own language. Christmas Day he helped bury the dead of both sides, played football, exchanged cigarettes, admired photographs with the Germans. Next day, they were forced back, just yards apart, shooting at each other.He was very badly gassed in March 1918 during the final battle at Ypres. He was one of few who survived.possibly because there was no Officer around to deliver the final "coup de grace".As a late release serviceman, no jobs were available, other than a Stoker in the local Gasworks. Hardly the right place for him. but he had to do it

In 1914, he had 5 brothers.Henry "Died at Sea" off Turkey.David served on "home duties" with the Household Cavalry, died of Spanish Flu,in 1917. David served with the Hunts. Cycle Brigade then Warks. Reg, fell at The Somme"known only to God". He left three young children to be bought up by Dr Barnados.Charles remained unscathed. Alfred served with the American Infantry, entering the War in 1917. His cousin, Will, perished at Vimy Ridge,serving with the Canadian forces.Two cousins died at the hands of the Turks, as prisoners-of-war. Their brother fell, at Marne.This family paid a high price. WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

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