Corporal Jack Edward Manning was my great uncle who served with the 23rd Battalion of The London Regiment. He joined the army in January 1916 and first fought in France, then to Salonika and to Palestine before returning to France again. He was badly wounded and died in a field hospital on 22nd October 1918, aged 23, just three weeks before the war ended. And he was something of an artist; the two postcards depicting drawings by him of his fiancée. He’s remembered with honor at the British cemetery, Wimille, in Northern France.
“Some told us we should meet no more, Yea meet no more!
Should wait and wish but greet no more, Your faces round our fires;
That in a while, uncharily and drearily,
Men gave their lives-even wearily
Like those whom living tires.”