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A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« on: Wednesday 07 November 18 12:13 GMT (UK) »
Acme Whistles played an often unknown part in World War 1 and in order to commemorate all those who gave their lives during the war, we have posted a blog to celebrate the centenary anniversary coming up this Sunday at https://www.acmewhistles.co.uk/blog/ww1-and-the-whistle/. In the blog we detail how our rich heritage is connected to the British Military and World War 1. Hopefully it provides some new and interesting information to anyone here reading it.

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Re: A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 14:14 GMT (UK) »
Welcome and thank you for bringing that interesting piece to Rootschat!

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Re: A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 14:44 GMT (UK) »
Thankyou,I take it then that the whistles blow blown to signal to the troops in the trenches it was time to go over the top were Acme whistles.
Gosh that is a sobering thought,one I had not considered before.
My acquaintance with the Acme Thunderer was on playground duty!
It is hard to think of any other object that had two such diametrically opposed uses.
I can see this being an interesting topic.
I have an Acme Thunderer somewhere, just kept it when I retired.
Thank you again.
Viktoria.


Just been in touch with Acme and they have several whistles,Nickle plated, antique brass etc . Some special editions with commemorative poppies.
I think my sons would like to have one so they will be delivered tomorrow.
Just thought other RootsChstters may be interested.
Click on the site mentioned in the above post if you are.
Viktoria.

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Re: A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 08 November 18 10:33 GMT (UK) »
Well as promised the whistles arrived just now.
Very nice quality and the commemorative poppies are in the same metal as the whistle and so unobtrusive.
There is a card giving details ,one of which is that it is a limited edition of
1918.
A really appropriate commemorative item.
Viktoria.

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Re: A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 08 November 18 12:40 GMT (UK) »
Yes, welcome from me too  :). Thank you for posting.

At first I thought that Acme sounded very like the Wile E Coyote standard company name so I hesitated to read the blog but now that stalwarts MaxD & Viktoria have followed the link I too read it. Very interesting & pleased to see the company is still going. What 'ingenuity' indeed in the war.
Seeking: baptism Philip Murray 1813 nr Chatham Kent.
IRE: Kik DRAY[EA], PURCELL, WHITE: Mea LYNCH: Tip MURRAY, SHEEDY: Wem ALLEN, ENGLISHBY; Dub PENROSE: Lim DUNN[E], FRAWLEY, WILLIAMS.
87th Regiment RIF: MURRAY
ENG; Marylebone HAYTER, TROU[W]SDALE, WILLIAMS Con HAMPTON, TREMELLING Wry CLEGG, HOLLAND, HORSEFIELD Coventry McGINTY
CAN; Nova Scotia [Halifax, Pictou]: HOLLAND, WHITE, WILLIAMSON

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Re: A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 08 November 18 13:38 GMT (UK) »
Yes Acme  was always the name of some company or other.

I actually had an Acme  Wringer, for rolling out washing to extract as much water as possible.A modern(well in 1956)version of the mangle.
Is the name of the young man in the photograph Cornish?
Where was he killed?
Does he have a known grave and if so Where?
He looks so very young.
Thanks . Viktoria.



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Re: A History of the Military Whistle in The Great War
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 08 November 18 14:03 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for all the kind words from everyone.

And Viktoria, we're very pleased to hear that you are happy with your purchase.