1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Victor Symes

Contributed by: Keith Symes, on 2008-11-03

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First Name Victor
Surname Symes
Year of Birth 1898
Year of Death 1976
Regiment Somerset Light Infantry
Place of Wartime Residence Bridgwater, Somerset

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Keith Symes, Bridgwater 2008-11-11

My grandad volunteered and joined up in Crownhill, Plymouth. Insisted on the Somersets even though they wanted him for the Guards. "I'll go home. Somersets or nothing". I think he fought at Ypres. But my memories are of the Somme. he went over the top 3 times. Shot in the leg the last time, this saved his life. He was charging hundreds of yards ahead of colleagues. A bit mad by then. Ended the war as a medical orderly in the Himalyan foothills. But he was mentally scarred for life, as well as being gassed.

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