Interests:The Great War and the Irish Troubles 1916-23
Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:23 PM
I remember watching Michael Palin's very fine documentary on the last day of the war, great scene where he reaches down nearly 90 years later and is still able to pick up a clip of American rifle bullets from the battlefield. He states that the last 4 British soldiers killed in the Great War were an Englishman, an Irishman, a Scotsman and Welshman. Can anyone confirm this or is it just a myth?
That's not quite what he said. The place you are referring to is Nouvelles Communal Cemetery where four of the men who died on 11th November 1918 are buried. They were all from units in the RND which was advancing on the flanks of the Canadians and meeting a lot of resistance. We don't know when these men died but four combat casualties buried together from 11th November 1918 is unusual and even more so as these four men are indeed from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.