With the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele approaching, James decided to investigate his family's involvement in the First World War. Having spoken with his family it seemed that there were no direct members that had served in World War One, on his mother or fathers side. As a result the net spread further, with a focus on the male Pegrum line, a somewhat unusual surname, with the family in past years predominantly coming from a village in Essex called Nazing. It was discovered that fourteen Pergum's had died during the War, one of them, Wilfred, was known to James' father, as his name was on a memorial plaque on a church in Nazing. Wilfred died shortly after the to Battle of Passchendale, however, how he died was not clear.
In our next blog we will look a little more at what might have happened to Wilfred Pegrum, depicted in our model being carried on a stretcher. Through the series we will also be looking more broadly at how the war wounded were treated at the time.
Jon (age 12)
As the battle of Passchendaele ends the injured Wilfred, shot by enemy fire, is being carried on a stretcher by his comrades along the muddy, stinky and soaking land as they get him back to safety and much-needed care.
Toby (age 9)
As the battle of Passchendaele ends Wilfred is carried through the sticky, oozy mud on a stretcher made from worn out rope and wood. "Are you alright?" Solider 801 exclaimed, but Wilfred didn't answer. He is unconscious.