Ring, engraved with "ARRAS"
This ring belonged to Karl Manson who was killed in action at the battle of Arras on the 9th April 1917, aged 19. This ring was given to his mother following his death. Karl's body was discovered on the battlefield by another Shetlander, Willie Irvine, In a letter home (dated 14/04/1918), Willie Irvine, wrote of finding Karl Manson's body on the battlefield. He wrote: 'A queer thing happened last week after we had taken the line & things had quietened down a bit I was having a look round and there was a chap lying just over the parapet, a Seaforth Highlander he was, he had been killed by a German sniper. I thought I had seen him somewhere so I looked for his pay book to see his name, it was Karl Manson (a son of Tom Manson of the Shetland News) he had a photograph of his father & sister in his pocket, so I took them and will send them on to his father after he has heard from the office. The Seaforths were attacking on the left that's how he came to be so near us. I expe