Fam­ily pics of your he­roes

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

AS we ap­proach Re­mem­brance Sun­day, we want to re­mem­ber the thou­sands of men and women who served our coun­try dur­ing Bri­tain’s war years.

They may have seen ac­tion dur­ing the First or Sec­ond World Wars, or per­haps they kept the home fires burn­ing while the lads were far away.

We asked read­ers to share their fam­ily pho­tos of par­ents, grand­par­ents or great-grand­par­ents who made a dif­fer­ence dur­ing Bri­tain’s most tur­bu­lent of times.

Do you have a photo of a rel­a­tive you wish to share? Email news@ coven­try­tele­graph.net with your name, their name, rank and reg­i­ment if pos­si­ble.

Trev Har­ri­son: “My great-un­cle Reuben Fell 2841 [sec­ond from left in photo] C Coy, 2nd Bat­tal­ion, Royal War­wick­shire Reg­i­ment. He was killed in ac­tion at the Bat­tle of the Somme, Septem­ber 3, 1916, aged 42. He is buried at Delville Wood Ceme­tery, Longue­val, France.”

Our Con­tent Di­rect Ed­i­tor, Leigh Men­car­ini: “Pic­tured left, be­fore see­ing ac­tion, and above (seated left) af­ter. My great-grand­fa­ther Pri­vate Thomas Wal­ter Men­car­ini (1898-1968) Mid­dle­sex Reg­i­ment, No. 201579. In­jured in France 1917 hav­ing lost an arm and a leg but he came home, as did his two broth­ers. His mil­i­tary char­ac­ter was de­scribed as ‘very good, sober, hon­est and trust­wor­thy’.”

Sharon Foxon Cowburn: “Grandad Foxon. Act­ing Cor­po­ral Foxon landed in France on July 13, 1915 and served with the 1st Bat­tal­ion Royal War­wick­shire Reg­i­ment. He was shot in Au­gust 1918 and was dis­charged to Army Re­serve Z on Fe­bru­ary 25, 1919. En­listed March 1915, died at home Jan­uary 15, 1925.”

Lu­cie Haribo: “This is my beloved Nan who sadly passed away two years ago. She had two older broth­ers. On the left is Regi­nald Ernest Smith, killed in ac­tion aged 19 in Septem­ber 1944, a fusilier in the City of Lon­don Fusiliers. On the right is Al­bert Stan­ley Smith, killed in ac­tion in May 1944 aged 21. He was a Sgt in the RAF. Both broth­ers are buried in Italy.”

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