This date of posting this week's ABC Wednesday of 11th November is Remembrance Day, the day the First World War officially ended at 11'O |Clock, then called Armistice Day. The tradition of a two minute silence began in 1919 so as not to forget the millions killed, injured or affected by the war. Towns, cities and villages all have their war memorials but unfortunately WW1 was not the the "war to end all wars" so the list goes on. ("Only the dead have seen the end of war" Plato)
I inherited a bound set of The War Illustrated from my paternal grandparents, regular issues of this magazine were published throughout the war and contained reports, photographs and illustrations which not only give a picture of the conflict but those affected by it. One hundred years after its publication I have been exploring its pages each week to discover the people and their times but this week in remembrance I'm looking back to an early issue of the magazine and the first month of the war.
In the early weeks of the war the page shown above was typical in that it mixed pictures taken in civilian life and those in uniform. The photo that took my eye on this page of the 19th September issue was the smiling youth in his cricket whites. One imagines halcyon days on the cricket pitch in that warm summer of 1914.
Archer left for France on 12th August 1914 with the Coldstream Guards who took part in the retreat and rear guard action at Mons
"At dusk a column was seen moving up the road. The men were singing French songs and when challenged an officer replied they were friends. However, although the troops at the front were wearing French and Belgium uniforms it was noticed the ones at the back were German. The order to fire was given but the enemy rushed the Coldstreams...Eventually relieved in the morning of 26th August they withdrew to Etreux, the casualties were 12 killed, 8 wounded and 7 missing".
One of the two officers killed on 25th August 1914 was Archer Windsor-Clive who is buried at Landrecies Communal Cemetery. His name is inscribed along with seventeen others on the War Memorial in St Mary's Churchyard in the village of St Fagans near Cardiff in Glamorgan, Wales.
Find A Grave - Lieut Archer Windsor-Clive
Hell Fire Corner - Remembering the Great War - St Fagans, Glamorgan (from which the italicised quote is taken)
Cracroft's Peerage - Earl of Plymouth
The Glamorgan Cricket Archives - Archer Windsor-Clive
|The 12th Century St Mary's Church in St Fagans from Wikipedia|
The war memorial can be seen to the right of the church.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, this week R for Remembrance