There are nearly 600 soldiers in the guestbook. Every week we’re adding new soldiers to the website and we hope that you can find ancestors and contribute further information to help us tell their story.

Below are three highlights from the collection.

Albert Firth


Arthur Firth

Arthur Firth

Arthur joined 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 20 June 1916 and was sent abroad exactly one year later in June 1917. Arthur died on 9 October 1917, aged 20 and is Remembered with Honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. The following is a newspaper article from the Burnley Express detailing a letter received by Arthur’s parents, written on 12 October 1917 by a comrade, recording in a very thoughtful way, Arthur’s death following a shot in a leg from a sniper.


His friend wrote: “Your Arthur and I were in action last Tuesday, and I am sorry to tell you that Arthur got shot in the leg by a sniper. I bandaged his leg for him and tried to carry him back, but could not, so I went and got help. The same sniper shot at me dozens of times while attending to Arthur, but I thought only of getting him into safety and the dressing station. I succeeded in my task, and the doctor attended to him, and I stayed with Arthur and talked to him, and gave him water etc, but he was very weak, and passed away about 2.30 the same afternoon. He peacefully left us as if going to sleep, just through weakness, and don’t think he died without a prayer or a farewell tear. He had someone over him who loved him very dearly and would willingly have made any sacrifice for him, and I shall miss him more than a brother, but my loss can be nothing compared with yours. Just think of what a good lad he was, without a single fault, and think of him as living in happiness away from all trouble and pain, where good people like him must go.”


George ‘Ginger’ Wilkinson

gingerTragically George ‘Ginger’ Wilkinson died in 1918 as a result of gas poisoning from eating porridge made with contaminated water. Click the link to read about this sad incident which resulted in the death of 11 soldiers.




John Lewis Garvie

When John passed through Peterborough East Station on 25 November garvie1916, he was serving with the 64th (Highland) Divisional Cycle Company and was stationed at Norwich. John wrote a charming rhyme in the visitor’s book and signed it “An indebted one”.  This tells us that he was probably returning from leave in Dundee and returning to camp in Norwich.In 1931 John lived at Links Cottage, Tayforth and was employed as a joiner.  He had been a Member of Tayforth Town Council since 1928 according to a newspaper report on a court case where he had accused a local towns person of slandering his name.  We have been unable to find out anything further about John Lewis Garvie.  Is he a relative of yours?  Could you tell us more about him?