Contributed by: Stella Jupe, on 2008-11-09
|Year of Birth||1893|
|Year of Death||1964|
|Regiment||Royal Hampshire Regiment|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Farehame, Hampshire|
My father fought in Mespotamia (now Iraq) at the battle of Umm El Hannah and on return from a spell in India he again fought at Sanna-I-Yat, the relief of Kut and the capture of Baghdad. He was wounded in action by shrapnel in January 1916 and was awarded the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory medals. Why is the war in Mespotamia never mentioned although great privations were experienced there? I wonder how many of our soldiers out there now know of that previous war and that it did not just take place in Europe.