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Bio Photo This year marks the CENTENARY OF WORLD WAR I (1914-1918), also known as the Great War.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PHOTO VOLUNTEERS!

British Army medal index cards 1914-1920
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/medal-index-cards-ww1.htm

Prisoners of the First World War (International Committee of the Red Cross)
http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/

UK: Railway Workers who died in World War I http://www.nrm.org.uk/RailwayStories/worldwarone.aspx

Canadian Memorials:
Soldiers of the First World War C.E.F.
Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead
www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

Australian Military Memorials:
More information may be found at
http://www.awm.gov.au/. Check Roll of Honour circular.

New Zealand:
http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/
databases/cenotaph/locations.aspx

South African War Graves
http://www.southafricawargraves.org/search/









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“Wartime Air Crash DT684, a four-engined Halifax bomber of 58 Squadron from RAF Holmsley South, crashed into the park north of Kingston *Lacy House at
13:45 hours on the 24th of January 1943. Having made two circuits of the aerodrome, on Plain Heath in the New Forest, it was 15 minutes into a transit flight to
Talbenny, Haverfordwest, when the crash occurred. It had apparently experienced engine failure, losing height over Colehill and then being seen almost
touching the tops of the high elms at Chilbridge and Taddon. The Halifax ploughed into the lawns and trees in front of Kingston *Lacy House and broke up on
impact. A terrified stag jumped through one of the ground floor dining room windows. All the crew were killed. They were Flying Officer M.A. Legg of the Royal
New Zealand Air Force (age 32), Flying Officer G.R. Pringle, a Royal Canadian Air Force air observer (29) and Warrant Officers L.E. Gilpin (21) and S.J. Prince (25) of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who were wireless operators and gunners. They are buried in Bransgore Churchyard near Christchurch, Hants.” Martin.
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 25, 2014 7:04 AM
Martin Douglas Packer
Legg, Pingle, Gilpin, Prince @ Bransgore
“Wartime Air Crash DT684, a four-engined Halifax bomber of 58 Squadron from RAF Holmsley South, crashed into the park north of Kingston Lacey House at 13:45 hours on the 24th of January 1943. Having made two circuits of the aerodrome, on Plain Heath in the New Forest, it was 15 minutes into a transit flight to Talbenny, Haverfordwest, when the crash occurred. It had apparently experienced engine failure, losing height over Colehill and then being seen almost touching the tops of the high elms at Chilbridge and Taddon. The Halifax ploughed into the lawns and trees in front of Kingston Lacey House and broke up on impact. A terrified stag jumped through one of the ground floor dining room windows. All the crew were killed. They were Flying Officer M.A. Legg of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (age 32), Flying Officer G.R. Pringle, a Royal Canadian Air Force air observer (29) and Warrant Officers L.E. Gilpin (21) and S.J. Prince (25) of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who were wireless operators and gunners. They are buried in Bransgore Churchyard near Christchurch, Hants.”
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 25, 2014 3:28 AM
Martin Douglas Packer
Legg, Pingle, Gilpin, Prince @ Bransgore
I have the full story of their crash; would you like to add it to all of their bios.? Martin
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 25, 2014 12:40 AM
 

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