William Coltman

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William Coltman was born in Tatenhill Common, Burton upon Trent in 1891. Although a highly religious man he joined the British Army assigned to the North Staffordshire Regiment in 1915.

He began his service as a rifleman being promoted to lance corporal. He witnessed the horrors of battle at Gommecourt in 1916 which had a lasting effect on him, he requested to be reassigned as a stretcher-bearer. After WWI being discharged he took a job as groundskeeper with the town of Burton.

He was called back to duty during WWII given the rank of captain with the Burton on Trent Army Cadet Force. Retiring in 1963 he died in 1974, he was 82. What you may not know about him is that he was the most decorated enlisted man of WWI in the British Army. His medals include the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal with bars and the Military Medal with bars. He accomplished all of this without firing a single shot. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. During this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you take time to honor those who fought not only for the United States but other countries as well for the freedoms we all enjoy. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

A day of gratitude for all of the military is definitely in order.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 29, 2017 04:18 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. Today is a day to honor all who have given themselves to preserve our freedom! Enjoy your day!

May 29, 2017 04:37 AM #2
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Joe Pryor
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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and good to festure someone who served and did his duty without using a gun.

May 29, 2017 04:57 AM #3
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning James.  I didn't know about him, but he's a good choice to honor on this Memorial Day.

May 29, 2017 05:00 AM #4
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning James Dray ,

You made a wonderful choice in honoring William this Memorial Day. I had no clue about him so learned something new today from your post. A day of gratitude for our fallen heroes is a small token of our respect and love for out veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice..their lives..so we could all enjoy our freedom!

May 29, 2017 05:35 AM #5
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray  we need to never forget those who have given all.... as I think about the military, I also think about our criminal justice system and those who protect us everyday in our respective hometowns.... the dangers are becoming very similar to going to war.... so frightening for those who have family members in this profession.... 

 

May 29, 2017 06:01 AM #6
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Brian England
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A fitting post for today my friend!  I always learn about important people from history by visiting your blog!

May 29, 2017 06:16 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks so much, James, for sharing this history lesson.

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week!

May 29, 2017 07:27 AM #8
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning James. What a great story. I appreciate knowing you value service but I am not surprised by it.

May 29, 2017 07:37 AM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. What a wonderful story of a great man. Thank you and enjoy your day.

May 29, 2017 07:38 AM #10
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi again James. I have written a comment three times but it doesn't take. Great read and important lesson.

May 29, 2017 07:39 AM #11
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Hi James,

We should also remember Gold Star families who live Memorial Day all year long...

May 29, 2017 12:06 PM #12
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James,

I love your last paragraph, During this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you take time to honor those who fought not only for the United States but other countries as well for the freedoms we all enjoy. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.  Thank you.  A

May 29, 2017 01:57 PM #13
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James- You make an excellent point...there are many who fought for their own country and their freedoms. Thank you. 

May 29, 2017 05:45 PM #14
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Rebecca Lewis
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Fitting tribute. You are so right, The USA didn't win the wars by themselves. Plenty of others fought by our side to insure our freedoms.

May 30, 2017 06:55 AM #15
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Lou Ludwig
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James

William Coltman received great recognizing for his service to Britain being the most decorated enlisted man WWI.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 30, 2017 06:55 PM #16
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