Letter written by Francis (Frank) Wormald as Sergeant, First World War 1915 - 1919, to Morris Buie, read as a recording in 1989

Accession Number S05822
Collection type Sound
Object type Recorded letter
Physical description audio cassette; unbranded C90; two track mono
Maker Wormald, Francis (Frank)
Date made 1989
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Francis (Frank) Wormald as Sergeant, First World War 1915 - 1919, wrote a letter to Morris Buie, and recorded a spoken reading of it in 1989, whilst at the age of 92. Sergeant Wormald enlisted in the First World War in June 1915 at the age of 18. He fought on the Western Front and describes the desolated landscape in the letter. Sgt Wormald covers his experiences when, as a driver with 53rd Battery, 14 Field Artillery Brigade he witnessed the shooting down of Cavalry Captain Baron Manfred von Richthofen on 21 April 1918. Sgt Wormald explains that he saw his uncle; Gunner Robert Buie MSM (No.3801) and Gunner William John (Snowy) Evans MSM (No.598) shoot Baron von Richthofen in his plane on a ridge near Bonnay and Corbie, France.