World War 1

Today was Grandfathers’ Remembrance Day


At the end of every day I like to think that my life has benefitted from the day just gone. Its not always the case, but today was memorable.

Being Remembrance Sunday tomorrow 12th November, this morning, Saturday, we celebrated the 11th hour of the 11th day of the eleventh month, November, better known as  Remembrance Day and as Armistice Day. Our Lancashire Infantry Museum in Fulwood held a Museum Memorabilia Day. People were encouraged to bring artefacts and memories from their family archives.

I went along and was privileged to see and hear stories, many of which stemmed from artefacts and newspaper cuttings carefully kept in families as the evidence of service during WW1 and WW2. Sometimes the history of a relative was flimsy and the family were today able to trace more intimate details. Sometimes the family version of the story was well recorded but had essential gaps in chronology which were able to be filled. Jane, our Curator of the Lancashire Infantry Museum was kept busy identifying medals, providing photocopies, facts and figures.

As the day went on there came a steady stream of people carrying with them many treasures of war days in the past. Some artefacts were from our infantry regiments, some from other arms but almost all from WW1 and WW2. Some people had a passion for military history and brought part collections to show. I heard the word ‘Grandfather’ so many times. It was certainly Remember Grandfathers’ Day in so many ways. David’s grandfather would have had his 100 anniversary on Tuesday next. To remember this the family are going to France for the 100th anniversary specially to locate grandfather’s precise resting place. David already had the name of the village and the pasture outside the village where Grandpa fought and lost his life in 1917. Jane drilled down into her archives and was able to pinpoint David’s grandfather to within a few yards of his burial place. What dedication. All rather tear jerking. David told me that he would share his experience with us here on on his return.

I was fascinated by a gentleman who collected wartime memorabilia that included many post cards from France and UK. We began to see some continuity between the pictures on the cards. In a well loved box this gentleman produced a model bi-plane crafted from a bullet and other scrap. This was engaging and I have a picture for you here. The words on the wing say: MADE IN THE FIELD

Jo and his Mum made us all welcome and in the spirit of the day gave us all a cuppa and seasonal home made cakes. Yummy!


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