Bob Faulconbridge

My father, George Henry Faulconbridge, was an apprenticed wheelwright. He joined the Army Ordinance Corps (later Royal AOC) and was part of the British Expeditionary Force in the First World War.  I have several of the artefacts he either made or was given during his time on the Western Front, including:

  • a copper oil lamp, complete with a brass fuse cap which covered the oil port, and the name ‘George Faulconbridge’ stamped on the side
  • a cigarette lighter, copper and brass, fashioned like a book, and engraved ‘France 1914 – 1919’ and ‘GH Faulconbridge’
  • a leather loop to fit onto a belt to carry a knife or perhaps a bugle.

My father talked little about his time in the war. In civilian life he was a police inspector whose other duties included fire fighting, which in those days was part of the policeman’s responsibility.


Brenda Faulconbridge

My uncle, Arthur Ross, known as ‘Jack’, served as a lieutenant in the First World War.

I have from him a spill holder made out of cartridges and inscribed ‘Albert’, which is a town on the Somme.