Warwick, England, UK - the Midlands' equivalent of the home for Chelsea Pensioners: a much older foundation, The Lord Leycester Hospital for old soldiers built with a bequest from Lord Dudley to please Elizabeth I.
A diary written by Private Thomas Chambers, or Tommy, which he wrote in France in the months leading up to the Battle of the Somme is set to go on display. Tommy was among almost 20,000 British soldiers killed on July 1, 1916, little more than 3 months after he had arrived in France from Ireland. He was 16 years old when he was killed. The last note in his diary was: " Left for trenches at 2am 1st July."
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.