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My Grandfather's War
This teapot was presented to my Grandfather by his parish - Holme East Waver in Cumberland - in recognition of his service in the First World War; during which he served with three regiments and was a prisoner of war.
My Grandfather, William Gate, was the son of a tenant farmer at Pow Hill in Cumberland. Although he was originally exempt from conscription as a land worker he was eventually drafted in 1916, and served with three regiments starting with the Royal Lancashires. He ended the war as a POW, and following his repatriation, emigrated to Canada for a number of years; before returning to Cumberland to marry and settle down.