EJ 'Ted' Poole

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    In Memory of

    245814, 1st/2nd Bn., London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
    who died age 18
    on 13 October 1918
    Son of Thomas and Kate Maria Poole, of 34, Wellington Rd., Stoke Newington Rd., London.

    Remembered with honour

    EJ 'Ted' Poole was the younger brother of a soldier who was killed at the third battle of Ypres in 1917.
    The young Ted was conscripted in May 1918 and trained at Aldershot, from where the letter below was posted. It is clear he was replying to the concerned enquiries of his father, who, having already lost one son, wanted Ted to become a good soldier in the hope that it would improve his chances of survival.

    Ted, who was sent to France in August 1918, wrote that he sure that the training would "either make a man of me or kill me". Scarcely two months later, on 13 October, he was killed in action. He was 18.

    After the war Ted Poole's family erected a headstone which bore the inscription, "Out of the stress of the doing, into the peace of the done". He is buried at Naves Communal Extension Cemetery, near Cambrai in France.

    EJ Poole's letters are held in the documents library at the Imperial War Museum.

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