My Grandfather was an old Contemptible I knew he died when i was 8.
He like a lot of Great War veterans didn't want to talk about the war but I learnt from him he was at Wipers (Ypres), but a few years ago my wife and me started to research our family history.
From this a found out that Grandfather landed in France August 8th 1914. He was a dragoon (mounted infantry), in 1915 he was gassed not to badly to get him out of the war. by 1916 he was back and in the Heavy Machine gun corps, for those who do not know this was the code name for the Tank corps.
This I wish I had known when Grand father was alive I would have loved to find out more.
He left the Army in 1919 married and settled down to family life.
By the time I knew him he was weak and very tired the gas had danaged his lungs, not helped by him smoking roll ups
I remember rugby commentator Eddie Waring referring to "Wipers" when he commentated on an It's A Knockout international competition ('Jeux Sans Frontieres') from Ypres / Ieper in 1975. I hadn't realised it was anything more than his personal eccentric name for the city. Obviously it was common parlance among British soldiers...