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The Last Post. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
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The Last Post.

On the 21st August 1914, a reconnaissance cyclist of 4th Bn, the Middlesex Regt, was engaged in military duties near Obourg, in Belgium, near Mons.  L/141916 Pte John Parr, born 1898, Finchley, was shot and killed by a German First Army cavalryman.  Pte Parr had remained to engage the enemy so as to allow his comrade to escape and return to the battalion with the intelligence they had garnered in reconnaissance.  He was the first British (or indeed Commonwealth) soldier to die for King and Country in the Great War.

 

He is buried at St Symphorien Military Cemetery between Mons and Charleroi.

 

Also buried at St Symphorien Military Cemetery is 256265 Pte George Lawrence Price, Coy A, 28th Bn (North West), Saskatchewan Regt, of Port Williams, Kings CountyNova Scotia.  At 10.58 on 11 November 1918, whilst clearing enemy elements from their positions in civilian residences in Ville-sur-Haine, in Belgium, he was shot and killed by a German sniper.  He was the last Commonwealth soldier to die for King and Country in the Great War.

 

On the 9th September 1939, 4031789 Cpl Thos Wm Priday, 1st Bn, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, of Redmarley, Gloucs, was killed in action near Metz.  He was the first British soldier to die for King and Country in the Second World War.

 

He is buried at Luttange Communal Cemetery, between Metz and Thionville.

 

So vast was the carnage of that war that who was the last British or Commonwealth combatant to die in service to King and Country in the Second World War, is known, with certainty, but to God.  It is certain that amongst the last to die in European actions were thirteen airmen, twelve of them British subjects and the last, a volunteer from the Irish Republic, of No 199 Sqn, RAF Bomber Command, near Kiel, on 3 May 1945: Warrant Officer WF Bolton; Flight Sergeant AA Bradley; Flight Lieutenant WE Brooks; Sergeant FT Chambers; Flying Officer KNJ Croft; Warrant Officer KAC Gavin; Flight Sergeant D Greenwood; Flying Officer ASJ Holder, DFC; Flight Sergeant JR Lewis; Flight Sergeant J Loth; Pilot Officer WHV Mackay; Warrant Officer RHA Pool; and Flight Sergeant D Wilson.  Amongst the last to die for King and Country in actions in the Pacific Theatre were Lt AF Linklater, NX68478, 2/6 Indep Coy, 2/6 Cdo Sqn, of Willoughby, NSW, born Willoughby, 24 Jun 1921; killed in action 13 Jul 1945; and other officers and men of the 7th Australian Division, attached elements of the Australian I Corps, the RAAF, and the RAN, at the Battle of Balikpapan.

 

Known and unknown, we shall remember them.  Honour is imperishable.

 

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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
The last Canadian killed in combat in WW2 was Robert Hampton Gray, V.C. - Aug. 9, 1945.
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