During July 2016, some pupils and staff from the Queen Katherine School in Kendal spent four days walking the Somme Battlefields in Northern France. The party was divided into four groups, each led by a teacher, who explored the experiences of one soldier buried or commemorated in the area. The group led by Dick Forsyth researched and commemorated George William Nelson from Kendal. Dick wrote the following biography, the first from Kendal to be published on this blog, but I hope not the last.
Dick Forsyth, the author of this post, speaking about Private Nelson, July 2016.
There is little evidence left of Private George Nelson, who died on 18th November 1916, the last official day of the Somme campaign, in an assault on German positions along
Redan Ridge to the east of Beaumont-Hamel. He had been in France just over three months. It appears to have been his first and only time in a large scale assault.
This post looks at the list of people from the Carnforth area who served and who became casualties during and immediately after the Great War. There are two sources for the names – the War Memorial, which distinguishes between people who died during and after the Great War and the ‘Carnforth Patriots’ document. Images and transcriptions can be seen here.
There are not many towns which have extant lists of everybody who served as well as of those who died. In this sense, Carnforth is fortunate. In addition, there are no discrepancies between the Patriots list and the War Memorial, so it is probable that the lists are accurate and comprehensive. They help us to learn about the numbers of people who served, who became casualties and who survived. Continue reading →