Avatars & Signatures

Discussion in 'Barracks' started by CTNana, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. CTNana

    CTNana Active Member

    I am always intrigued by members' choices of Avatars & Signatures. Some of you have pre-empted my question by explaining but would other members like to elaborate too?

    Mine was simple choice from WW2Chat. I love poppies and I think they symbolise everything about the two wars to me. I can't imagine what it must have been like to have gone to fight for what you believed to be right at such awfully young ages, nor can I begin to think what it would be like to wave goodbye to my husband, son or grandson (nowadays female members of the family too). I was going to say that they broke the mould after that generation but then I think of Iraq and Afghanistan!!!!
  2. forester

    forester New Member

  3. CTNana

    CTNana Active Member

    Hi Phil
    We lived in Billingshurst for some years when our children were small. I remember it as a lovely part of the world. Best wishes with your research.
  4. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

  5. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Hi Nana,

    You know who my Avatar is!

    Albert was the first Australian recipient of the VC in the Great War.

    Albert Jacka is buried at St Kilda Cemetery which adjoins the City of Melbourne.

    He was well respected in the community and died at an early age.

    There is an interesting story to Albert Jacka however that is for another thread.

    St Kilda Jacka Web.jpg
  6. Dolphin

    Dolphin New Member

    Mine is a Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, an aeroplane that I've always liked.

  7. John

    John Active Member

    My new avatar is my granduncle PTE Edmund (Ted) Kiley of 'A' squad, 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment.
    He was killed leaving the trenches on 7 Aug 1915, Gallipoli


    New avatar is my best mates that died in 2006
  8. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    Mine is a relative, however we are still trying to ascertain if he is a Gibson or a Birtle. The joys of genealogical research. Not so much a family tree as a mangrove thicket.
  9. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Maybe you could post some details of your soldier ( and his photo ) in the "Looking for Someone " section ..... and lets see what we can find Kitty !! ;)
  10. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    Thats the problem, all we know is he's either a Gibson or a Birtle. Nothing more. Came na bunch of photos we were loaned with no names inscribed on them or anything. Grrrrrrrr.
  11. Adrian Roberts

    Adrian Roberts Active Member

    My avatar is, for the sake of a consistent "brand", a similar theme to the one I use on certain other WW1 forum.

    It is the Zeppelin L59, the Afrika-Zeppelin.

    She and her sister L57 were the largest Zeppelins to fly during the war, with a length of 741 feet (226m) - a Boeing 747 is about 220 feet long. L57 was destroyed in a storm on a test flight; L59 was rapidly converted to replace her.

    Her mission was to take supplies to the German East African forces of General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, in what is now Tanzania: he spent the entire war fighting a guerilla action against British and Belgian forces, and in the end was the only German general never to be defeated. This was at a time when flying from Germany to Britain on bombing missions was as far as any aircraft ever flew. L59 left Yambol in Bulgaria on 21st November 1917 carrying several tons of supplies (right now I can't find a record of exactly how much). She was intending to go on a one-way trip - on arrival she would be broken up, her aluminium structure would be used for building materials, her engines as generators, and her outer covering (which was cotton instead of the normal linen) for new uniforms.

    She was south of Khartoum when she received a fake radio message from a British agent saying that von Lettow-Vorbeck had surrendered, so she turned and flew all the way back to Yambol. Although the mission itself was a failure, she had flown over 4200 miles, and been airborne 95 hours, in greater extremes of temperature than any airship had experienced before.

    She remained at Yambol and flew reconnaissance missions over the Mediterranean, but on 7th April 1918 she caught fire, for unknown reasons, while attempting to bomb the Grand Harbour in Malta, and was lost with all hands.

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  12. rlaughton

    rlaughton http://www.militarian.com/account/avatar

  13. war hawk

    war hawk New Member

    :)My signatures are quite simple to explain. I like General George Pattons quotes, and they are interesting.
  14. Andy Pay

    Andy Pay Member

    My avatar is of three 8th Rifle Brigade officers in the trenches. The officers are Lieut. Dudley Sutton Ashworth (KIA 15/9/16), Captain Arthur Ronald Backus (23/9/17) and Major Arthur Charles Sheepshanks (DSO).

  15. Hill 40

    Hill 40 New Member

    Mine's a photograph of the grave of Oberst.Lt Friedrich "Fritz" Bayer of the 82nd Infanterie Regt. Killed in action on the Ypres-Comines canal on 27th May 1940. Originally buried at Tenbrielen near Ypres, now residing in Lommel Soldatenfriedhof.
  16. cally

    cally New Member

    I cant for a moment think where the inspiration for my avatar came from?

  17. Roxy

    Roxy Member

    My avatar is probably not me; but it's what I do.

    I'm sure that I'll add a signature soon - probably something similar to my signature on another Great War forum (oops, have I given the game away!)

  18. Andy Pay

    Andy Pay Member


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