Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Lest we forget

Tracing the ancestors and trying to find Great Uncles who served in World War 1. No one ever talked about their part in it. Fairly certain I've found six (and know about one more) so far. Most of them (all but one or possibly two) survived the War but it left its mark on them and their families. Two of them served with different batallions of The Manchester Regiment. One survived the Somme Offensive, the other didn't. Another survived serious injury only to take his own life years after the war ended.

I shall visit the cemetary in which my great Uncle James Alfred is remembered when we are in France. It's near Albert, just 'up the road' from where we moor the boat.

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest 
To children ardent for some desperate glory, 
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est 
Pro patria mori.