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January 11 2020
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George MacKay in 1917.

Sam Mendes’s epic new First World War film 1917 is based on the stories of his grandfather Alfred Mendes, who fought on the Western Front between 1916-18.

Born in Trinidad, Alfie Mendes signed up at the age of 19, trained as a signaller, fought at Passchendaele and was awarded the Military Medal for helping to rescue comrades left stranded in no man’s land.

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