I wish I knew more about my fa­ther’s life dur­ing the war

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Acen­tury af­ter the First World War be­gan, Ash­ford pen­sioner Sheila Powney is still in the dark about what hap­pened to her fa­ther when he was taken pris­oner by en­emy soldiers.

Ken­neth Fred­er­ick Tan­ton was just 17 years old and straight out of col­lege when he vol­un­teered to join the Army.

In Septem­ber 1917 he was badly wounded on the bat­tle­field in France and was dis­cov­ered, barely alive, by Ger­man soldiers.

He was cap­tured and put in a Ger­man prison, where he re­mained un­til the end of the war.

As well as los­ing his right eye, Mr Tan­ton suf­fered wounds all over his body and in­ter­nally

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