Uncle Eddie was my Great Uncle who died in the First World War. He was an Apprentice Cabinet Maker and we still have the china cabinet that he made to win the Gold Medal. As we had to move it out of my mother's room it is now back in possession of the Cattells. The bottles inside are from my father's chemists shop.
He was killed bravely fighting at Bullecourt and his body was never found. Below are letters from and about him including a very moving account from his friend Mr. W H Robinson as to how he died. I cannot read it without crying. I hope you gain something from reading this about these heroes who fought and died.
I nominated Great Uncle Eddie's name to be read out at the Tower of London on their nightly reading of the Roll of Honour and have received this email:
Thank you for submitting a name for the Roll of Honour at the Tower of London. We are delighted to confirm that your nomination will be included at the ceremony on 17th October 2014.
The list of 180 names will be read from the poppy-filled Tower moat at sunset, starting at 6:25pm (18.25). The names will be read the order in which they were submitted and validated. We regret we are unable to make changes to the reading lists at this stage.
At the end of the reading, which will take about 20-30 minutes, an Army bugler will play the Last Post.
If you would like to watch, you can get a good view from the area in front of the Tower ticket desks on Tower Hill.
We are filming the ceremonies and an archive site where you will be able to view the videos is currently under construction, we will let you know when it goes live.
We are also adding the lists of names being read each night at http://rollofhonour.tumblr.com/ so that they can be seen and remembered from anywhere in the world.
Thank you so much for your support for the Tower of London Remembers project. You can now own a part of the unique installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Each hand-made ceramic poppy planted in the moat is available to buy at https://poppies.hrp.org.uk/buy-a-poppy/
This site contains information relating to the 6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War.
The History of the Leicester School of Art with Uncle Eddie's name on the memorial at about 30 seconds in