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.
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.