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A number of sources have provided information on our ancestors who fought in the “Great War”. I have also included a personal account from Shirley Bray who actually visited some of the cemeteries.

 

From the Army Lists:

 

MUCKLESTON H., - Sapper Royal Engineers.

He volunteered in November 1914, and in June 1915 was drafted to France. He was in action in Ypres, Laventie, Armentieries and many other engagements. He was killed in action on October 7th 1916 in the course of the first battle of the Somme. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals - Lived High Street Toddington.

 

Harold Seabert Muckleston born 1881 married 1907 died Oct 7th 1916 no known children.

 

MUCKLESTON W H (William Henry) Nationality: Canadian of the 134th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) died on Tuesday 10th July 1917 aged 28, son of Thomas and Frances Muckleston of 706 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario husband of Viola Muckleston of 77 Eaton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. On his attestation papers which are dated 18th January 1916, he gives his address as 40 Moscow Street, Toronto, born in Bedfordshire, England, next of kin is Viola Muckleston, his wife. His date of birth was May 2nd 1889 and his occupation was Bricklayer. His height was 6 foor and ½ inch, his chest was 35 ½ inches, his complexion was fair, his eyes were hazel, his hair was brown and his religion was Church of England. He only had half of his second finger on his right hand and a scar on his left hand.

 

William was baptised in Toddington, his parents emigrated to Canada sometime after 1891.Cemetery: Toronto (St John Norway) Cemetery Ontario Canada Grave Ref: Sec 6. Range 6. Lot 26.

 

From the medal rolls:

 

ARTHUR MUCKELSTON (1879-1960).

On 24th July 1900 he joined the Army Service Corps at Colchester signing up for 12 years service and becoming Private 16275. His army records show that prior to enlisting he had worked as a butcher. He was 20 years and 10 months old at the time and had never been an apprentice. At this time he was single and had previously belonged to the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment serving in the Militia. He was described as five foot five inches, 140 pounds, chest 34-36 inches, complexion was fresh, eyes were grey, hair reddish brown, religion C of E and he had a scar on his right forearm. His records show that on 18th October 1900 he was admitted to hospital at Aldershot with a sprain to his right ankle, he was in hospital for 29 days but recovered fully. Shortly after war broke out Arthur re-enlisted at Bedford on 8th September 1914, he was examined the next day when his age was given as 34 years and 11 days, and his occupation was a butcher. He was still 5 foot 5 inches but had lost a little weight in the intervening years and was now just 126 pounds; his chest was 37½ inches. He had 10 bad teeth and one was missing. Unfortunately his war service was to be brief; he became non-effective on 28th December 1914 when he was declared medically unfit on the grounds of a chronic middle ear infection that was permanent. He was awarded a gratuity of 8s 3d for 13 weeks and children’s allowance of 5s 3d for 5 children.

 

Arthur was the son of Harry and Jane Muckleston of Toddington. He married Alice Mary Harris in 1904, having five children before war broke out. His sixth and final child, Leslie Muckleston, was born in 1923 but sadly died shortly after birth. His wife was 43 and as her youngest was ten years old this pregnancy may have come as a surprise.

 

ARTHUR LENNARD MUCKLESTON (1887-1975).

Arthur joined up at the outbreak of war, enlisting with the Royal Fusiliers at Grays Essex on 19th November 1914 and became Private 9818. He was living at 79 Toronto Road, Tilbury Dock, Essex, at this time. He first went to France on 1st May 1915 but on 23rd September 1915 he received a shell wound in his forearm and was taken to a field casualty station on 24th September. He was however deemed fit again on 30th September and he re-joined his regiment at Rouen. In 1916 Arthur first suffered the effects of Malaria brought on by the climatic conditions in Palonica. Between the 2nd and 17th July 1917 he suffered a bout of colic and just a few months later again he went down with Malaria being hospitalised between 14th October and 16th November. When he was discharged on the 9th June 1918 he was said to be suffering from the effects of Malaria and Dysentery. The army noted that he had frequent attacks and that his disability was likely to last 6 months.

 

Arthur was the youngest son of Edward (a gas stoker) and Mary Muckleston. He married Annie Bennett in 1906 and had five children all who grew to adulthood. He worked for Thames Mills for most of his life.

 

HENRY CHARLES MUCKLESTON (1877-1924).

Henry belonged to the National Reserve and had served with the 2nd Duke of Cornwall’s Regiment. During this service he had received the South Africa medal with five Bars – this means he fought in five theatres of war during this campaign. He had fought at Cape Town, The Orange Free State and Transvaal. He signed up at Croydon on 5th November 1914 at the age of 38, at this time he was living at 32, Devonshire Road, West Croydon and his next of kin was given as Annie Louisa Muckleston of the same address. On enlistment he was assigned to the Queen’s Regiment. On 29th April 1917 still a Private he was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps 14th Battalion and was finally discharged on 3rd October 1917 having served 2yrs and 333 days and few days short of his 40th Birthday. On discharge his character was given as “Very Good”. He does not have appeared to have fought overseas as his records show him “at home” from 5th November 1914 to 3rd October 1917. On discharge he was given a pension of 8 shillings and 3 pence to be reviewed after 60 weeks. His disability was given as Bronchitis and Chronic Asthma.

 

Henry was the son of Charles John and Sophia Muckleston and had spent part of his childhood as a Barnado’s Boy. He married Annie Louisa Salmon in 1905 they had four children before the war broke out including twin boys and a further two after the war ended. He worked as a cabman for most of his life which was sadly short as he died at just 46 years of age.

 

WILLIAM ALFRED MUCKLESTON (1878-1962).

This gentleman preferred to be known as Alfred and was a timekeeper by trade with a former trade recorded as a commercial traveller. He enlisted at Exeter on 28th September 1916 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps; the need was clearly great as less than a month later on 22nd October 1916 he was in France where he remained until he returned home on 8th November 1818, finally being dischargedon 20th April 1919. He was 38 years old on joining and 40 on discharge. His next of kin was given as Beatrice Maud Muckleston of 78 Palmerston Road, Walthamstow, Essex. On 19th September 1918 he was admitted to hospital in France suffering from Dysentery and was also found to be suffering from Chronic Rheumatism and at one point was unable to walk without a stick. He remained under medical care for the rest of his time in the army, finally being discharged from Weston General Military Hospital in Liverpool. The doctors noted that his disability was likely to last a further 12 months.

 

The son of Thomas and Hannah Muckleston, William married Beatrice just before enlisting and in 1921 they emigrated to New Zealand where Beatrice was to die childless in 1937. He worked as a storeman or warehouseman. A marriage to Gladys Theodora, at some point before 1946, also took place in New Zealand and William died there in 1962. Sadly his second marriage was also childless.

 

GEORGE HERBERT MUCKLESTON (1895-1969)

George enlisted at Shrewsbury on 16th August 1915 for the duration of the war, having had no previous service. He was a Postman for the GPO in Shrewsbury, then living at 24 Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury. His religion was given as Church of England. His apparent age was 20, height 5 feet 9 inches, chest 36 inches, physical development – good. His next of kin was his father John Muckleston of the same address. He joined the City of London Regiment and trained as a Rifleman. He was discharged on 29th October 1917 at London, having served 2 years and 7 days, being no longer fit for war service. He was “At Home” until 1st February 1916 when he joined the Expeditionary Force to France returning home on 23rd September 1916. He had received gunshot wounds to the arm, left hand and legs on 16th September 1916 whilst in action in France. On 17th October 1917 he was given a pension of 27 shillings and 6 pence for four weeks and then 13 shillings and 9 pence for 43 weeks to be reviewed in 43 weeks.

 

George was the eldest son of John Muckleston a baker and his second wife Margaret. His father died while he was in France and he never married.

 

HERBERT MUCKLESTONE (1879-1959). (Thisspelling was on his records).

He enrolled at Shrewsbury on 13th March 1915. His next of kin was his wife Fanny of 28 St Julian’s Friars Shrewsbury. He was a Roman Catholic, aged 35 years and 133 days. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, chest 36 inches, vision good, physical development good. He was assigned to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was discharged on 18th June 1915 after 98 days at Barry. The reason for discharge was as follows “discharged in consequence of being not likely to become an efficient soldier”. His character was given as good.

 

Herbert was the illegitimate son of Fanny Purcell Muckleston and spent most of his life working as a labourer. He married twice, firstly Frances Riley nee Thomas in 1908. According to the 1911 census he had a son also named Herbert born in 1903. This son’s birth was registered as Herbert Muckleston Riley and therefore, given his middle name, Herbert must have been his father although he was born almost five years before his parents married. Herbert the younger used the surname Riley and when he died in 1985 his name was given as Herbert Muckleston Riley. Frances died in 1931 and the same year Herbert married Emma Mainwaring.

 

From Soldiers who died in the Great War.

 

MUCKLESTON, Cecil Collins, born Toddington Bedfordshires, enlisted Buntingford number 353125 Gunner, Died of wounds, France and Flanders, Tuesday 22/01/18, aged 37. Regiment: 154th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, Hampshire. Husband of Laura Evelyn of 27 Micklewaite Road, Fulham, London. Native of Toddington Beds. He was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, reference XXXI.F.19A. (Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne). During the 1914-18 war the neighbourhood of the cemetery became the scene of immense concentration of British reinforcement camps and British hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and it was accessible by railway from either the northern or southern battlefields. In 1917 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes, and the hospitals could cope with 22,000 wounded or sick. The earliest burial in the cemetery dates from May 1915. There are now nearly 11,000 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.

 

Cecil Collins Muckleston was the illegitimate son of Ann Muckleston (and maybe his unusual middle name gives a clue to his father- although none was named on his birth certificate). He left two daughters Edith born 1911 who went on to marry Victor Croad in 1940 and Frances born 1914 who went on to marry Henry Endersby in 1947. His widow married George Smith in 1919 in Royston Herts and had a son and two daughters with him.

 

MUCKLESTON, George Thomas, enlisted Canterbury, number 203303, Private, killed in action France and Flanders Monday 23/04/17 aged 35, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) 4th Battalion. His death is registered on the Arras memorial in the Fauberg-d’Amiens cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The memorial commemorates 35,000 casualties of the British, New Zealand and South African Forces who died between spring 1916 and 7th August 1918. The names of the casualties are carved on stone panels which are fixed to the cloister walls.

 

He was the son of George Muckleston and Deborah (nee Horley) of Park Road, Toddington, Dunstable, Beds, husband of Florence Emily of “Abermaw”, London Road, Milton Regis, Kent. His widow remarried in 1921 to a Frank Emmerson.

 

MUCKLESTON, Harold Seabert, born Toddington enlisted Bedford, residence Toddington, number 59332 SPR, killed in action, France and Flanders Saturday 07/10/16 aged 34 (83rd Field Coy., R.E.), corps of Royal Engineers. Buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Reference IV. K 6. Bancourt is a village which lies approximately 4 kilometres due east of Bapaume on the north side of the D7. The cemetery was made by the New Zealand division in September 1918. The original cemetery is now plot 1 rows A and B; the remainder of the cemetery was made after the armistice by the concentration of the graves from the battlefields East and South of Bancourt and from certain British and German cemeteries. The great majority of graves belonged to the winter of 1916-1917, the retreat of March 1918 or the advance of September 1918. There are now nearly 2,500 1914-18 war casualties on this site.

 

Son of Thomas and Frances Muckleston, husband of Elizabeth of High Street, Toddington, Beds. Born in 1881, the third child of Thomas and Fanny. He married Elizabeth Washington in 1907 and had five children. He was a carpenter journeyman by profession and died in the battle of the Somme.

 

MUCKLESTON, Thomas, born Harlington Bedfordshire, enlisted Lincoln, residence Farnborough, Hants, number 8432, Private, killed in action, France and Flanders Sunday 09/05/15 aged 37, Lincolnshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France. Ref XVI.J.6 Souchez is a village 3.5 kilometres north of Arras on the main road to Bethune. Souchez was captured by the French on 26th September 1915 and the area was taken over by British troops the following March. The cemetery was begun by British troops in March 1916 and was greatly enlarged after the armistice by the concentration of over 7,000 graves partly from the battlefields of Arras and partly from 103 other burial grounds in the Nord and the Pas de Calais.

 

Thomas was the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Muckleston and husband of Janet, whom he married in 1903. He had two sons Charles Christian born 1903 and Harold Victor born 1909. His widow died in 1970 and never remarried. He was a coal labourer who became a coal agent.

 

MUCKLESTON, William Thomas, born Hornchurch Essex, enlisted Barking, Essex residence Barking, number 200258 CPL killed in action, Palestine, Monday 26/03/17 age 32, Essex Regiment 4th Battalion. William was buried in Gaza War Cemetery (Israel) reference X.D.II. Gaza was bombarded by French warships in April 1915. At the end of March 1917, it was attacked and surrounded by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, but the attack was broken off when Turkish reinforcements appeared. There are now over 3,000 1914-18 war casualties commemorated on this site.

 

He was the son of Edward and Lizzie Muckleston and husband of Lily of 152, Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea. Born at Barking Essex in 1885, the second of 7 children. He married Lily Sorrell (a domestic) in 1904 at Romford Essex. Lily had 5 children but three of these were born after her husband’s death – one son’s birth was never registered and it was only when he (James) required a birth certificate that this was realised. To this day it is not known if he was born in 1915 or 1918.

 

From the Canadian National Archives, Soldiers of the First World War.

 

Muckleston, Harold Straun. (1878 - 1965)

Harold Straun Muckleston was a Major in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. He stated that he was born in Cardinal, Ontario, his present address was 130 Stanley Street, Montreal, quebec, his date of birth was 10th November 1878, his next of kin was Edith Margaret Muckleston his wife, his occupation was Physician and his religion was Church of England. He belonged to the number 4 Field Ambulance Unit. Dated Oct 30th 1918

 

Muckleston, Hugh Burritt (1873 – 1953)

Was a Major in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. Copies of his attestation papers are not available.

 

Muckleston, Orlando (1896 – 1968)

Orlando Muckleston completed his attestation form to enlist in the 49th Battalion of the CEF on 12th January 1915. He stated he was born in Toddington, Bedfordshire, Emgland and his next of kin was his father James Muckleston, of Edmonton, Canada, his date of birth on his paper is given as 24th May 1895, a year earlier than official records indicate. His occupation was that of Barber. His height was 5 foot 6 ¾ inches, his chest was 35 inches, his complexion was dark, eyes brown, hair dark and his religion was Church of England.

 

Muckleston, Ralph Waldo (1884 – 1946)

Ralph Waldo Muckleston was a Sapper in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force his present address was given as Waukesha, Winsconsin, USA and this was also his place of birth. His next of kin was given as Mr M Muckleston his brother of the same place; his date of birth is given as 27th April 1884, his occupation is Civil Engineer and he is single. He spent one year at St John’s Military Academy in the USA. His height is 5 foot 9 ½ inches, chest 38 inches, complexion medium, eyes blue, hair dark brown and religion is given as Congrationalist and he had a scar on his left knee.

 

Muckleston, Alan Jeffryes (1873 – 1931)

Alan Jeffreys Muckleston enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force and had the rank of Captain. On his enlistment form he stated that he was born in Camden, Ontario, his current address was 393, Nelson Street, Ottawa, he was born 13th March 1893, his next of kin was his wife Edith, his occupation was Banker, his religion was C of E, he belonged to the Number 4 Field Ambulance Unit.

 

Muckleston, Charles (1892 – 1969)

Charles Muckleston enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force with the rank of Sapper. On his attestation form he stated that he was born in Toddington, Bedfordshire, that his next of kin was his father Harry Muckleston who was still living in Toddington, Bedfordshire, he was born on 30th March 1892, his occupation was that of Clerk, that he was single and had never before served in any military or militia. Dated 25th November 1915. He was described as aged 23 years 6 months, 5ft 7 ¾ inches tall, chest 37 ½ inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair fair, religion Church of England, he had two moles on his right side and ¼ inch scar on his right side. 

 

Muckleston, Fred (1898 – 1971)

There are two attestation papers for Fred Muckleston, the first dated September 23rd 1914, here he gave his date of birth as 7th April 1897, which made him a year older than he actually was. At this time he stated that his place of birth was Toddington, Bedfordshire, his next of kin was his father James Muckleston who was living at 6406, Alberta Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, his occupation was Rancher, he was single and signed up to join the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. He was a Bugler in the 9th Battalion 101 Regiment. He was 5 foot 6 inches tall, his chest was 35 inches, he had a fair complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair. His religion was Church of England. He had four vaccination scars on his left arm and a small mole on his left groin. His second attestation form was dated November 4th 1916 and across the top it is written that this form is a substitute for the original attestation form. His address is now given as PO Box 2082, Edmonton, Alberta, but now he is married and his next of kin is Marjorie Thelma Muckleston, his occupation is Butcher and Farmer. A note states that he is being transferred from the 9th Battalion CEF to the 101st Battalion CEF. He is now 5 foot 7 ½ inches tall, his chest is 37 inches with a clear complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

 

World War One Medal rolls:

 

(B = British Medal, V = Victory

medal, S = 1915 Star medal).

 

Bertram Brookes Muckleston RE North’d Fus, Pte, 2Lt, 1577, V off/168pg 106. Also issued with the RFC and RAF medals Ref Re101, B242, 58450 Issued by Air Min NW 7/7968.

 

Cyril W W Muckleston Bedf. R. Pte, 48445 Suff. R., Pte 59495. V k/1/1031313 pg 20443.

 

Henry Paul Muckleston L.N.Lan. R. Lieut (no Number) B off 57 page 58 (also received the L.N. medal?) Theatre of war first fought in France, date of entry therein 26.8.16 Ref NW/7/23084.

 

Percy W Muckleston Bedf. Yeo. Pte, 709 & 30068. V B cc/105B1 pg 47 S CC 7/B pg 22. Theatre of war first served in France date of entry therein 10.6.15.

 

Thomas Muckleston Lincs Bn. Pte 8432 V B F105B/4 pg 577. Died 9.5.15 Disembarkation date 26.10.14

 

W G Muckleston Middx R Pte 29379, Essex R Pte 59398 V B K2/102/B23 pg 1193.

 

William T Muckleston H Essex R Pte 1644, Cpl 200258, V B K/2/103B pg 23 S K/2/15B pg 14. Killed in action 26.3.17. Theatre of war first served in Balkans date of entry therein 12.8.15.

 

Herbert Mucklestone R D C Pte 20258. This is a medal application it is not clear whether or not medals were issued. Date of discharge 1.2.19. Cause of discharge Para 392 XV12 KR Sick. Enlistment 23.6.15 Action Taken: List TP/4706.

 

William Muckleston North LN R Pte 60243 (? Late) Corps Pte 650556 (handwriting on this card hard to read) V B LC/101B263 pg 26736.

 

William G Muckleston R.E. L/Cpl94623, Pnr 94623, V B RE/101 B51 pg 16742 S RE4B pg 2161. Remarks Wid. Silver Badge List RE205. Theatre of war first fought in France date of entry therein 16.10.15.

 

George H Mucklestone 8 Lond R. Pte 4374 & 371978 V B TP8/101B2 pg 156. ?OB List TP/1824.

 

William A Muckleston D of CLI Pte 31955. Lab Corps Pte 93350. ASC pte S/343360 V B RASC101B239 pg 24570. SWB List RASC101B239 pg 24570. SWB List RASC/3935. Remarks Retd (1743 KR1912) 8163/ADT B & Vic Medals RE’d Dec 1938 AS/gen/4645, (were these medals returned?).

 

William G Muckleston Suff R Cpl 21221 V B K/1/103B13 pg 2473

 

George T Mucklestone Middx R Pte 203303 V B E/1/102340 pg 6700.

 

Arthur Muckleston R Fus Pte 9818 V B TP/104B5 pg 430 S TP/54A pg 8. Theatre of war first fought in France date of entry therein 2.5.15.

 

Chas A Muckleston D of Corn L F Pte, 12186. R Dub Fus Pte 24154. V B B/101B9 pg 693 S B/2/1C pg 28. Theatre of war first fought in France date of entry therein 26.5.15.

 

Cecil C Muckleston RGA Gnr 353125 V B CTF/RGA/116B pg 1621.

 

Harold Muckleston Middx R Pte 42048 C of Ln Pte 48236 V B CC/101/B4 Pg 181.

 

Henry Muckleston R DSF C 14th Bn. Pte 6915. Date of discharge 3.10.19 Enlistment 5.11.14 Cause of discharge Sick Para 3G2 XVI KR 2D AO 2BS 1917. Medal Application. Action taken. List TP/1692.

 

Harold S Muckleston R E Spr 59332. Killed in action 7.10.16 V B RE101B102 pg 21763 S RE/17/B pg 5022. Theatre of war first fought in France date of entry therein 25.7.15.

 

Joseph William Muckleston MGC Pte 6813, Worc R. Pte 25621. V B MSC/101B4 Pg 324. Date of discharge 23.12.18. Enlistment 6.11.15.

 

Alfred Mackleston Liverpool R Pte 37195 V B H/2/102B55 pg 8943.

 

William Mackleston Mach R Pte 4426 Lab Corps Pte 126167 V B LC/101B73 pg 7383.

 

The Battlefields of Flanders – by Shirley Bray.

 

In June 2002 my husband and I went on a First World War Battlefield Tour – we stayed for four days in Ieper (Ypres during the WWI but called Wipers by the British soldiers).  My paternal grandfather (Robert Sinclair) was killed during the 3rd Battle of Ypres in September 1917 whilst serving as a private with the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.  He has no grave but his name is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.  Having discovered where and when he was killed I was keen to visit the memorial and take some photographs. 

 

My connection to the Muckleston family is through my mother, Hannah Elizabeth Sinclair née Muckleston.  Before we departed for Belgium I had contacted Janet who gave me the names of four members of the Muckleston family who had been killed during WWI and who had graves or were commemorated in the areas that we were visiting.  

 

One of the places we visited was the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, which was one of the cemeteries on Janet’s list, and where the name of George Thomas Muckleston is commemorated.   Private George Thomas Muckleston TF/203303 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment died aged 35 years on Monday 23rd April 1917.  Like thousands of others he has no known grave and his name is therefore commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery.   A copy of the Debt of Honour Register in memory of George Thomas Muckleston can be downloaded from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site http://www.cwgc.org/.  This will give details of the Memorial and some historical information.

                

We found the panel number (Bay 7) without difficulty but unfortunately the name was very difficult to read.  Someone had blackened in the name “Morris” and the Muckleston name could just be identified four or five names under this.   It might have been possible to obtain a better photograph if we had had the foresight to take a powerful torch to light up the name.   The panels are 8 – 10 feet high so it would also have been a good idea to take some binoculars – the Muckleston name was fairly central but in the case of my grandfather the name was third from the top!

 

George Thomas Muckleston was the son of George Muckleston of Park Road, Toddington, Dunstable, Beds and the husband of Florence Emily Muckleston of “Abermaw”, London Road, Milton Regis, Kent.  He married Florence Emily née Boys in 1912 and there were no children of the marriage and his widow remarried in 1921. 

 

For myself, I found the tour very worthwhile – we visited the precise location where my grandfather fought and died in the battle of the Menin Road Ridge.  We visited the “In Flanders Field” Museum and stood under the Menin Gate to listen to three local firemen playing the Last Post (this is played every evening at 8pm).  I have since discovered more details about my grandfather through the War Medal Rolls although his army record did not survive the bombing raids of WWII.