Honour those who fell due to their war injuries

Honour those who fell due to their war injuries

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Michael Wells started this petition to The RT Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for Defense People and Veterans.

There are many of the Forgotten Fallen, those who, like my grandfather, suffered wounds or injuries as a result of serving in conflict. These servicemen and women have subsequently had their lives limited by their trauma, either physical or psychological.

In my grandfather's case, he fought in WW1 both in Palestine and the Western Front. It was at the latter that he was gassed and captured. Fortunately, he was able to return, married my Grandma and had two boys. He died at the age of 36 due to diseased lungs. Whilst, there is no connection on his death certificate of his previous wounds, it does not take a huge leap of faith to understand that the two are linked.

I have often wondered why those who gave so much are not honoured in the same way as those who were killed outright or died of wounds shortly after receiving them. The Forgotten Fallen gave no less than others and, as in the case of my Grandfather, went on to work to support their families as there were no welfare benefits to assist them.

I am asking that these service personnel are honoured and remembered as others. Whilst being realistic enough to understand that their new can't be added to memorials, a specific place of remembrance ought to be found perhaps at the National Memorial Arboretum.

I am sure that many people would find themselves related to such heroes of they looked.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

 

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