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Mervyn Mitton

Story from Charge of the Light Brigade

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With a Forum the size of GMIC we tend to gather information from many sources. I prefer to

write my own articles - however, I am convalescing at present and am making use of some good

press articles. Ian Shepherd's ( a member) wife,Ann, often sends me a small bundle of press cuttings.

This one I thought was well written and interesting.

The original appeared in the Guardian newspaper and the writers' are credited in the article. There

are two parts. Mervyn

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2014/post-6209-0-07833800-1399107518.jpgclick

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2014/post-6209-0-87439400-1399107668.jpgclick

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PART 2 OF THIS ARTICLE.

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http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2014/post-6209-0-83119100-1399108832.jpgclick

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2014/post-6209-0-70837300-1399108996.jpgclick

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I remember him very well, turned up after we sold him with his First Afghan War medal. I read his poem "On Balaklava Heights" to the London Medal Club at a members own.

Paul

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Yes, thank you for sharing that. I ave a fellow on the local WWI Honour Roll I'm compiling who appears to ave taken his own life and I'm not just sure how to deal with that information when I publish the roll. Always a touchy subject but, with our modern understanding of the mental costs of war, I think handled more compassionately now than in the past.

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I would describe him as ' Died on Service'. I fully agree with you that a little compassion is called for - how

awful that the description should be on the roll for years to come. If he did commit suicide - what dreadful events

led-up to that happening ? Best forgotten. Mervyn

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Mervyn

That's what I've been thinking. Or simply 'Died - 1922'. two other names on the roll are of men who were invalided home and died here, one on November 23, 1918. So he'll be in company!

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