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Will of a Yorkist fighter at Bosworth Field revealed
August 31, 2011
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The will of a 15th Century Norfolk man has revealed him to be the first named common soldier who fought for the House of York during the Battle of Bosworth.

Thomas Longe was “willing to die” shortly before the battle began in 1485, the document shows.

The find at Norfolk Record Office sheds new light on how ordinary people played a part in England's Wars of the Roses.

 

BBC report here

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November 5, 2011
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I know…my main history intereast is WWI due to the fact I grew up with WWi vets who were grandparents brothers, sisters and cousins…

 

Despite being told by my GM and great Aunts a girls wouldn't, shouldn't be intereasted in war these brave men and a couple of women moulded my intereast in history

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November 6, 2011
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My grandfather was gassed in WW1 and, although he made it through the duration (lucky, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this), his quality of life was never great. I have no memory of him, save for being brought into his room to watch him die at home in 1963 (hopefully not something that many parents would inflict on their children now I hope). I still have his gas mask and medals, but can only imagine the horrors he endured as a soldier in the trenches.

My father always liked to show off his knife scar inflicted during the Italian campaign and, once again, I must consider myself lucky he was only wounded. He died in 1988, so his memories of those times only live on through me.

Such memories should never be forgotten, as they demonstrate the true horror of war, and the bravery and endurance of those who had to go through such times. We will remember them.

November 6, 2011
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Jay, WW1 items such as gas masks, and especially medals, are very common, and as such would be of little interest to a museum. They remain however of great interest to me and are items I shall always treasure.

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