I think I am the only person who has ever bought poppies online and asked for a delivery in Milan.
Thanks to that, I regularly receive letters and news from the Royal British Legion. The one I’ve received this week is about a new project, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission: individually commemorate the 1,117,077 Commonwealth Service men and women killed during the First World War.
A letter and a leaflet explained the scope of the project, and invited me to remember a serviceman (randomly?) selected for me: Private H. Redihough of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died on 23/08/1918.
I was struck by this idea, as this creates a link between myself and a soldier, who, before this week, was totally unknown to me. This obviously pushed me to some additional researches about this man, who was killed in action. He was in the 9th Bn, his service number was #11232, and his grave is located in the Regina Trench Cemetery in Grandcourt (France).
I’ll be glad to participate in this project, and I do hope that every man (and woman) fell in the First World War will be honoured! To know more about this project, just click here.