The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) established that the last recognised First World War casualties would be those people who died on the 31st August 1921, almost three years after the guns fell silent. It is the recurring tragedy of war that the pain, suffering and death does not end with the last bullet fired. The Commission had to draw a line in the sand, and chose that date. Twenty four* died on that day. Of those 24, 11* are buried or commemorated in the United Kingdom
As sad 100th Anniversary occurs during the Hero JOGLE Relay we chose to visit and pay our respects to four of those 11 buried in the UK. The last of The Fallen of the First World War.
The first we are remembering is S/13280 Rifleman William Walker Thwaites, of the 6th Reserve Bn. Rifle Brigade.
Within County Durham Help for Heroes has reached approximately 600 veterans of all ages and from all conflicts. Your donations to one of our riders or to the ride in general at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hero-JOGLE-Relay will boost the much needed efforts of Help for Heroes to continue supporting veterans who have become injured or ill as a result of service, and reach those who need help, but have yet to find them.
In total they have supported over 26,500 beneficiaries.
*When we compiled this list, these numbers were 25 and 12. However since then Pte William Jones who was recorded as 31/8/1921 is now recorded as 31/9/1920