Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)Sapper John Hargreaves,Brass ring leads to a forgotten Digger

The really strange thing is that I didn’t think that I had any relatives who fought in WW1, certainly not on the maternal side … But again we are reminded of exactly how many families were touched by this and still don’t know!
Daniel Mulqueen, John Hargreaves' great nephew

On a recent visit to see my mother she showed me this brass item asking if I knew what it was and said that I should have it.

My initial thought that it’s a napkin ring turned out to be correct … more precisely, it’s a 'trench art' napkin ring from bearing the Arras coat of arms. For those who (like me) don’t know, Arras is located in northern France and was a battlefield during the First World War.

What really surprised me was that it was passed from my Grandmother to mum and appears to have belonged to one of my maternal great uncles who fought in the Great War. My mum certainly seemed to have some facts and a name …. None of which I’ve ever heard before!

The really strange thing is that I didn’t think that I had any relatives who fought in WW1, certainly not on the maternal side … But again we are reminded of exactly how many families were touched by this and still don’t know!

  • Name John Yates Hargreaves
  • Service Number 1819
  • Place of Birth Victoria
  • Date of Enlistment 01 July 1916

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