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    Default To anyone from the UK....

    I'm working on some family genealogy and I've run across a phrase that I'm unfamiliar with. I thought my friends here might be able to help me understand. It's about a soldier who died in World War I in 1920. He was from Stalybridge, England. It says he's "gone to the soldier's west". What does this refer to exactly? Is this a phrase still used there? What do they mean by "west"? Anyone?
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    hi melanie

    i remember that phrase from school when we studies poetry so i googled and found this - should explain it for you http://beck.library.emory.edu/greatw...eaton_Eaton103

    its not a phrase ive ever heard of so i guess its one that has been forgotten in the mists of time



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    THANK you!!! That sums it up perfectly. I tried to google it but didn't use the right wording I guess. Thanks so much for finding this.
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    My dad used to use the expression "gone west", generally connected with an object that had got broken. e.g. That clock's gone west then! I had forgotten about that till now! He was in India during the war too.
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    This was so interesting. Thanks for sharing the link. Also, to anyone from the UK - have you heard Susan Boyle sing on "Britain's Got Talent"? It's absolutely wonderful - you can get it on U-Tube.
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    Evee, thanks for that bit of info. It let's me know the older generation still used that expression after the war and about things other than military.
    Melanie




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