Showing posts with label Remembrance Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Remembrance Day. Show all posts

Monday, 12 November 2012

We will remember them

The death toll in the First World War was so great that every family lost someone whether son, brother, father, uncle or cousin. I was lucky that my maternal grandfather just missed being sent to the front as he was just 18 in 1918. My paternal great grandfather survived the war after being promoted from the ranks.

However my grandfather's cousin Howard Greaves was one of the unfortunate ones. Five months after being shipped over to the front he was killed in action. This is the certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission showing the information from his grave:

One of the most poignant bits of his military record was this list of his personal effects sent back to his grieving parents:
It really makes the loss seem personal even today 95 years on.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

#TheGallery: 11/11/11

An interesting challenge from Tara to chart one day as our Gallery post for a chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers! This was actually an unusual day for me as I went on a school trip to Manchester with my daughter's entire Junior School. At least it made for some different photographs than normal and this is a taste of what we did:

Early arrival at school to catch a bus to Manchester

A very brief pause at the village war memorial to remember the war dead

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Armistice Day

I love the fact that there seems to be a resurgence of taking of part in the 2 minutes silence and remembrance services across the country. Both Twitter and Facebook were full of poppies and poems honouring the fallen. Maybe the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought home to people what sacrifices are brave armed forces are still making today.

BBC News Coverage