Today there is great focus on the start of the Battle of the Somme one hundred years ago. But troops were fighting and dying elsewhere in the world as well.
100 years ago this month my great-uncle died. Obviously I never knew him (or his brother-in-law, my grandfather) but they both served in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. My grandfather was in the 2nd Battalion and during WW1 served with the British Expeditionary Force before being seconded to the Royal Flying Corps as it was being set up. My great-uncle, Company Quartermaster Serjeant Thomas Voller served in the 1st Battalion having joined up when he was 14, probably as a bugler. He was born in Oxford and served in South Africa, India and Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). His sister Emma Voller married my grandfather Arthur Warnock in 1904. Continue reading “A casualty of war”