11 stories of your families' military heroes ahead of Remembrance Sunday

We will remember them.

Thursday, 7th November 2019, 12:26 pm
We will remember them.

As families across the United Kingdom prepare to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, we asked you to share treasured photographs of the heroes in your house – the servicemen and women, past or present, who you will be thinking of as these commemorations arrive. We have received some truly touching tributes and pictures. Here are their stories, along with some of your beautiful poppy pictures from across the North East.

Born November 10, 1900 and began service in 1915. Seaman, 5th. Nelson Batt. R. M. Royal Naval Division. He was discharged for being underage in early 1918, but as soon as he returned home, he re-enlisted with the DLI and survived the war
Part of the display near to the Tommy statue in Seaham.

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Gillian McCauley: My husband's grandfather buried in Bonnebosq in France.
Debra Elizabeth: My late father, Sapper John William Jones, The Royal Engineers, served in Korea.
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow.
John Welsh: My Grandfather, James Foster, born Ashington, later Boldon Colliery, Tank gunner, WW1.
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields.
Paul Brenen: Andrew Richardson from Horsley Hill who was sadly killed during our tour of Northern Ireland. 2nd Battalion the Light Infantry. He will always be remembered by those that had the honour to serve with him.
Ronnie Kenny: My son, Daniel Kenny. Served with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan during Op Herrick 13 at the age of 19. Now with the Royal Navy, following in his grandad's footsteps.
Clair Brennan: Early in April 1918 Harry Brennan landed in France, just in time to be embroiled in Ludendorff's spring offensive. On Wednesday, April 10 he wrote to his mother asking her to send him 10/-. He was killed the following day.
Ronnie Kenny: My much-loved and missed dad, Paddy Kenny. Royal Navy. Served in the Pacific during World War Two.
Clair Brennan: Wilfred Brennan , Harry Brennan and Frank Durham. WW2.
That there’s some corner of a foreign field, that is forever England.
Thank you to Beverley Foreman for sending this picture of her dad, Alfie Ridden.
We will never forget the sacrifice made for us by our servicemen and women.
Thank you to Donna Mekins for sending in this picture of her grandad Walter Shaw.