Remembrance Day: SaluteMyJob team share First World War family stories

To mark Remembrance Day and 100 years since the end of the First World War, the SaluteMyJob team have been delving into their family histories to share their accounts of family members who fought in the Great War.


Andrew Jackson

Andrew’s grandpop was a King's Own Scottish Borderer by cap badge but appointed as a captain (brevet lieutenant colonel) to command the 1st Battalion The London Scottish from Feb 1917 to the end of the war. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order in Jan 1918 and 2 bars in the same year. Three DSOs was relatively unusual; to be awarded 3 in a single year was very rare. He lived to a good age despite being gassed. His brother, Andrew’s great uncle, was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915. Along with the Pipes and Drums and others from the London Scottish, Andrew and his other three grandsons visited the sites of the battles where he and his battalion earned the DSOs last month. Andrew will be wearing his medals on Sunday at the Cenotaph parade.

Nick Everard

Nick’s great uncle William Geoffrey Barford (whom he knew as ‘Uncle Geoff’) was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Hertfordshire Royal Field Artillery (subsumed into the Royal Field Artillery) at the age of 18 in 1914.  He served in France throughout the early war years, rising to Captain by 1916, when he was invalided home after being seriously affected by gas. He suffered from lung and breathing difficulties for the rest of his life. Nick can remember him and his rasping voice well - he died in 1976 aged 80, the year before Nick joined the Army, and is buried near his home at Stoke Rochford in Lincolnshire.


Laura Brooke-Smith

Laura’s great uncle, Colin Callender, served throughout the First World War (he commissioned into the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1915). He was awarded the Military Cross in September 1916, the citation said: 2nd Lt. Colin Bishop Callender. For conspicuous gallantry. When a torpedo failed to cut the enemy's wire completely, he went with two men to cut it with wire-cutters. When both men had been wounded, he carried on for fifteen minutes and completed the work.'

Samantha Wilson

Sam’s paternal great grandad, Harry Fleetwood Tate was in the Army but because of his lack of height was not allowed to fight . He worked in an armaments factory but developed a hernia through pushing heavy trollies. He was invalided out and awarded a pension which he refused to accept. Sam’s maternal great grandad, Stanley Veale enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps later the RAF and worked as ground staff maintenance engineer. He was about 17 when joined. Both survived the war.


Faye Copp

Faye’s paternal great grandad, Stephen Greenwell was in the Durham Light Infantry, which served in France and Belgium on the Western Front for the duration of the First World War. The regiment earned 59 battle honours and won six Victoria Crosses, but at the cost of 12,530 men – the 10th highest of any of the infantry regiments of the British Army. Private Greenwell was shot and injured at the age of 20 during the Battle of Ypres in 1915. He survived the War and was awarded three medals for his Service.

Francine McKay

Francine’s maternal great grandpa 'Harris Goldberg' came to the UK at the turn of the century after fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe. He was drafted into the Russian Labour Corps (The British Army) during World War 1. Francine knows little is known about his Service - but he survived the Great War.