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« on: August 09, 2015, 21:49:20 PM »


H Mankelow RHA Old Contemptibles Association Medway Towns Branch

I not seen one of these before, it is on a grave in Strood Cemetery Kent. I am ashamed to say I am surprised it is still there.

The name 'Old Contemptibles' arose from an Order of the Day issued by the Kaiser, which mentioned 'Sir John French's contemptible little army'. All ranks of the BEF who served in France and Flanders within range of the enemy artillery during the 5th Aug - 22nd Nov 1914 were entitled to call themselves 'Old Contemptibles'. The Old Contemptibles Association was founded by Capt JP Danny, RA on June 25th 1925. The Association had 178 branches in the UK & 14 overseas branches. It produced its own mag The Old Contemptible & all members were known as "chums".

The Old Contemptibles Association provided bronze memorials in the design of the 1914 Star  to commemorate members who passed away.

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 23:26:46 PM »

H Mankelow RHA Old Contemptibles Association Medway Towns Branch

I not seen one of these before, it is on a grave in Strood Cemetery Kent. I am ashamed to say I am surprised it is still there.

Funnily enough I always feel surprised when I see one of these - maybe I should have more faith in human nature. I'll dig out some pictures of others when I get a moment.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2015, 09:05:31 AM »

Here's one at Hawkinge Cemetery..

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2015, 15:22:51 PM »

.. and one at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery.

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2016, 11:55:19 AM »

One at Bexhill Cemetery..

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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 19:49:28 PM »

And one at Wye Church. I took this photo in 2009, so no idea if it's still there..

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