Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:58 PM
Grandad Cecil was a London Scot & Railwayman before, during and after WW1. Joined the Navy at outset of WW1 (with his brother Harold who was killed on the R.Tigris with the Insect Class HMS Tarantula) but was pulled out as a reserved occupation and 'sidelined' to railway duties before enlisting in the R.E; seeing service in France. Dropped dead at a bus stop, next to my Father, in 1959. His other brothers served in the ASC, MGC and Tank Corps - all in France. His wife's only brother, Horace, served in the RFC in WW1 and subsequently the RAF through to the end of WW2. Horace was an artist and inventor who saw all of his paintings destroyed in the Blitz. His story will, I hope, one day warrant more than a brief sentence on a website.
G.Grandfather W.S was in the family fish restaurant and fishmongers businesses. He served in India with the 25th London Cyclists later transferring, with one of his brothers, to the PA Somerset Light Infantry. Both W.S and his wife were the kindest and gentlest of people and occupied their post war London flat with a flight of budgerigars - well that's how it seemed as a boy. They had many brothers who served in many regiments, all London based, including Cavalry, Yeomanry, Rifle Corps and even an attachee to the Egyptian Camel Corps. These are the families of Sudderys and Rourkes I am researching.
Finally, Grandfather S - funny, kind and much more; served throughout WW2 with The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. A gifted pianist and raconteur he served in El Alamein, Salerno and Monte Casino before contracting tuberculosis. Like all of his family he was fascinated with cars and driving, very much a zeitgeist for the common man in the post Great War era. Taught my brother and I that war was a hideous thing - he never qualified the statement.