To a soldier of the great war. I do not know you but I would have liked to have known you  You were a brother in arms with  my paternal grandfather. My paternal grandfather, John Elson Carpenter, served with the Somerset Light Infantry in the war and lost his life at St. Quentin, Northern France on 23/03/1918 - The German Spring Offensive. He is one of the missing and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. He came from the Isle of Wight. Many Isle of Wight men served in the Hampshire Regiment (2nd Battalion) and (1/8th Battalion - Princess Beatrice's I.O.W. Rifles) and saw action in Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine. You nobly gave your life so that future generations could live theirs. I can only imagine what life would have been like in the trenches for you. Horrific probably doesn't come close. We owe you a great debt of gratitude which we will never be able to repay. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE!  "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."

Barry Carpenter