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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:18 am
Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:15 am
You are right Gwyn and quite often they are the only ones who can add details which make a story. The difficulty can be finding them.
One reason I mentioned asking any survivors of the aftermath period (eg children of the soldiers) is that I was talking to a 90 year old recently who had a lot of memories of her father who died in 1929 from gas related complications. She said that no-one is interested any more. She's put away the little souvenirs he brought back for his wife and taken down his picture, but she's going to get them out and show me.
The trigger for this was that I was able to find her a photo of the war memorial opening ceremony and that photo happens to be the only known picture of her grandmother. Thus there are still people who can identify some of the congregations at the opening of the war memorials and pass on family memories. I think that's very special and should be treasured with a permanent record.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:54 am
Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:02 am
Most often the disappointments come (and I'm certain this will not be the case here) with memorial books which are compiled by people with great respect for the men, but scant knowledge of the war and the military. .
Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:13 am
Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:42 am
Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:47 am
Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:10 am
Would people intrested in the GWR Workmen be more intrested in the mens work and lives before they went away or the battle action that took their lives ?
Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:49 am
Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:02 am