SIR - In this 100th year of the anniversary of the Great War I thought perhaps you might like to hear the story of my father, George Crump, who was a regular soldier in the Worcesters.

He went over to France in August 1914 with the Worcesters as a Corporal and survived the entire war finishing up in 1919 as the RSM of the Battalion.

He was one of only six men to still be alive at war's end and was still with them when they marched into the Rhineland to Cologne in 1919.

He was wounded several times and won the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal twice and the French Croix de Guerre for rescuing a French officer wounded in No Mans Land.

He went to Ireland with the battalion and was stationed in Dublin. On returning in the 20s went as RSM of the 7/8 Battalion who were a TA battalion and was stationed at the Shrubbery in Kidderminster.

He finished his 21 years service and continued for a further five years and was RQMS of the Depot at Norton Barracks.

He retired in 1936 and went to live in West Bromwich but was still on Reserve and was called back to the colours in 1939.

He served as Lieutenant Quartermaster with the Gloucesters and was sent to guard Droitwich Radar Station with a platoon of soldiers.

He was invalided out of the Army after 12 months due to his war wounds and slight gas poisoning.

In 1940 he went into the Home Guard and was in command of a company as Captain.

Dad died in 1959 while living in Lower Wick, Pershore. he left a wife and seven children, five girls and two boys.

Besides Dad he two sons served in the Army during the War plus three daughters serving in the ATS in anti-aircraft companies and a daughter later joined Queen Alexanders Nursing Corps with the Army.

Please excuse the writing but I am now 89 1/2 years old and a bit unsteady.


PS: I still have my Dad's medals at home and intend to pass to my grandson when I die.