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Following in Pop's Footsteps

A family return to Armentières 100 year after my Grandfather (Pop) was there during the First World War.

My Pop (Centre) recuperating 2nd London General Hospital June 1916

My Grandfather (Pop) Samuel John Burns (Jack) enlisted on 25 August 1915, he was 19 years old.
Service Number 6/3266, he was put into was in C Company, 8th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. Starting with basic training was at Trentham, He then embarked for Egypt on the 13 November 1915.

In April 1916 the Battalion embarked on the Franconia at Port Said for Marseilles. On arrival they immediately entrained for Steenbecque, and marched into camp at Morbecque.
They remained in in reserve until 30 April 1916, finally in May the Battalion was called into the front, spending their final night before heading into the Armentières salient at Estaires
And this is where I would like to pick up the Journey 100 years on, and walk in “Pops’ footsteps and be in Front line near to Armentières, arriving on 13 May 2016.
Joining me is Pop's Great Grandson and Great Granddaughter.


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an overlay of where Pop served in 1916
This activity is being worked on from
11 October 2014
11 November 1918
Date added: 18 April 2016 | Last updated: 09 June 2016
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