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Peter Trotman was part of the 2nd Mounted Division.

Today the land where the British Forces were active in 1914-1918 lies in Egypt, Israel, Jordon, Saudi Arabia and Syria. For centuries before the Great War, this land had been part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. ‘Palestine’ is a shorthand for this campaign, applied to a widespread war that was initially centred along the banks of the Suez Canal, which links the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, in Egypt. Later, operations were necessary in the Hejaz and in Aden, nowadays in Saudi Arabia, before 1917 an offensive was launched which took British troops into the Holy Land and Syria. The Arab tribes in the area played an important part in the developing war, some rising against the British, many against the Turk.

After the evacuation of Gallipoli in January 1916 he was left for dead for 3 days on the beach. He was finally found after being shot several times he recovered although always walked with a pronounced limp from the injury.

Grandfather of Peter Trotman.

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The residents of Pitminster Parish have created an exhibition of World War One at the ‘Lamb and Flag’ from Friday Sept 26th to Sunday Oct 5th 2014 based on the articles and artefacts received from people who live in the villages of the Parish. Leading up to the exhibition there have been events and activities based in and around the villages marking the Centenary. This website and its content are from that exhibition along with additional material during the lifetime of this website.


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