My granddad, Tom Campion, served in the First World War, and was killed in 1918. I didn’t know much about him to begin with because my father died when I was 12 and at that time I didn’t ask any questions about my family. In later life I decided to research his involvement in the Great War because I was interested in that particular period of history. It took quite a time, but I do now know a whole lot about him and about what happened to ordinary soldiers during that terrible time.
I started my research using just two pieces of evidence that survived the war. The first is a large coin, known as the Death Coin or the Widow’s Penny. The second is a photograph of my grandfather.
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