We are continuing with our Pennies for Our Heroes appeal to raise cash to plant trees in honour of World War One heroes from the area.
This week we tell the story of one such hero. He was Richard Canlin, who was a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, who had signed up in September, 1914.
Tragically he was one of two brothers, both of Ebenezer Street, Langley Mill, to lose their lives. Their story is featured in the latest edition of Aldercar and Langley Mill Parish Council parish magazine, based on formation from Heanor Local History Society.
After an intensive six weeks’ training in Aldershot, he was sent to France and joined the Field Ambulance, before being later transferred to hospital work.
He died on June 10, 1916, from double pneumonia whilst working at the 13th General Hospital in Boulogne.
In a letter to Mr Canlin’s mother, Colonel Sir Almroth Wright wrote: “Your son was a good, hardworking boy and did very good and useful work and everybody who worked with him was very much attached to him. He died just as much in the service of his country as if he had died in the trenches.”
Richard was just 20 years old at the time of his death. His brother, Frank, enlisted in August, 1914, just one month after the outbreak of war.
He trained in Newhaven and Wales before being posted to Malta. He returned to Aldershot in 1917, before being posted to France.
He died a few weeks later on May 28 1917, while serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry, when a German shell burst in the gun pit where he was working. He was just 25 at the time of his death.
Through our appeal we are aiming to raise enough money to plant trees in memory of all the heroes from the area who fought in the Great War during the centenary year of the outbreak of the conflict.