Spooky Stories From World War 1 and 2 - The Ghosts of War
Ghosts of WW1 and WW2
Amongst the blood and terror lay friendship and brotherhood. The First World War was possibly the most horrifying time in history. But there in the fields of France and Belgium, something strange was happening.
The soldiers, under so much duress began to see things that didn't seem possible. In fact if they were mentioned back in Blighty (Britain) on a hot summers day they would have been laughed at.
But here in the killing fields of war, in the trenches, these ghostly apparitions and haunted spaces became, if not quite the norm, then pretty close.
Ghosts roamed no mans land. That stretch of ground between the two warring countries. Across trenches, barbed wire to catch soldiers unaware, and mud, some of these lost men didn't realise they were dead.
So they kept helping.
Of course it can never be proved now. But at the time? These young men knew what they saw and heard.
And it was amazing.
the Spirit with Cold Hands - Private Rex Cook
One of the most chilling ghost encounters comes from the first world war at Mons France.
It concerns a Canadian soldier Private Rex Cook.
The story goes that on the day when the platoon of men were walking away from the lines after days of fighting, the lieutenant who was leading his men noticed one of them lagging behind. The officer went over to tend to the pale looking soldier and offered him some food.
The man took the food and as their hands touched the lieutenant noticed that the soldiers hands were icy cold.
After he returned to camp, the lieutenant couldn't find the 'ill pale man' and asked around the camp to see if they knew where he was. The lieutenant knew it was Private Rex, as he knew all the men by name. And the fact that they had shared the most appalling of times in the trenches.
The lieutenant was shocked to hear that Private Rex had been killed in action a few days earlier and the man he was asking had attended the funeral!
Did Private Rex not know he was dead?
A very chilling true tale!
My Brother woke me....
The Ghost with Warm Hands
A memoir written by Canadian Will Bird, a veteran, was written in 1968.
In it he states,
'I was sleeping in a dugout (trenches) when I was awakened by the ghost of my brother Steve, who had been killed two years before. He was holding my hands.'
He goes on to say,
'Steve grinned and released my hands before placing his warm hand over my mouth as I started to shout my happiness! Steve then said, 'Get your gear,' and then gestured for me to follow him.
We walked up onto the battlefield and suddenly he was gone. Disappeared completely! When I went back to the trench I saw to my horror that where I had been sleeping had been hit by a shell. It was completely wiped out. My brother had saved my life!'
An amazing true encounter that saved Will Birds life.
Freddy Jackson the most famous Ghost photo
Freddy comes back.
One of the most famous of real life ghost stories comes from 1919 just after the first world war had ended. This amazing photo shows Freddy Jackson standing with his Royal Air Force comrades in possibly one of the first RAF photos ever taken.
Nothing seems to be amiss apart from one dramatic twist.
Freddy had been killed two days before in a propeller accident!
Freddy's funeral had taken place the day before, so his face was still firmly imprinted on his friends minds.
When the photo was developed, the members of his Air Squadron all identified him straight away!
Freddy mustn't have known he had died and wanted to have his photo taken for posterity.
His face can be seen top row fourth from the left.
Amazing story. And sometimes there is no other explanation.
World War 1 Ghosts
Phantom Fighter Planes.
At such a time when emotions were being played out so strongly, there were bound to be other sightings and spooky goings on.
Sightings of ghost planes were a common occurrence specially after the war had ended. Which is much more unusual because in times of peace there wasn't the stress of battle. Here's an extract from one account by a girl named Kelly who said she heard this from her father.
In the early 80's her father was working for a construction company. As it was a cloudy day he was glad when the sun came out, so he looked up to get some warmth on his face.
He suddenly spotted a group of old World war 2 planes flying in formation overhead. He noticed they were a mix of B-17's, B-24's and many others including US army air corps planes.
He could hear the sounds only slightly, but could see them heading out towards the sea. This went on for at least half an hour. Later when he discussed it with his co workers they said they never saw anything. And there wasn't an airshow!
Kelly said her dad was still distressed about it, and wondered if anyone else had seen it too.
Our World and the Next
If there is or was a reason for ghosts to come back, then war is possibly the main reason. All the fear, hope and disaster, emotions and grief can and must cause a rift in between this world and the next.
There are many ghost stories out there of the two world wars and some can be dismissed as fake caused by tiredness,fear and injury.
Others? Well judge for yourself.
More Ghostly Tales
The Grey lady of Bisham Abbey near Marlow. She has been seen many times, even by my mother when she as stationed there at the end of the war!
I was born in the Canadian Red Cross Hospital. But soon afterwards it was closed down. But still there could be heard strange noises and banging doors, lights and strange sounds.
Real life spooks as told by me and the residents of Marlow and High Wycombe!
© 2018 Nell Rose