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Sunday, 11 November 2018



1914 -1918

The photo was taken in France, so that's French soil you see,
and that building obviously suffered from the effects of war
along with hundreds of lives.
I find it incredible that my GreatGrandad survived all that
and I was lucky enough to have known him.

He returned from France to continue his work as jockey/Head Lad at a Racing stables until his eventual retirement.

To say I'm proud of him is an understatement.

Posted on this blog:  11.11.18 @ 11.OO


Christine said...

You have a right to be proud! Beautiful poppy.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Thanks Christine, he was a small man but had a big personality.

Shammickite said...

I have just come in from attending our local Remembrance Day service at the War Memorial at the Canadian Legion. Very cold, I was wearing my long johns under my clothes! 2C out there, but sunny. Lots of poppy wreaths being laid by local dignitaries, lots of tears in my eyes as I listened to the bagpipes and then the Last Post. It always affects me like that. Love the picture of Great Grandad, what a brave man. I left my poppy on the cenotaph in remembrance of the fallen.

Judy Barends said...

Very special, to have known your GreatGranddad. Unbelievable it is 100 years ago.

ann @ studiohyde said...

That does sound cold, I would have had double layers! Brrrr.
Nice to know there were remembrance events over in Canada too. I would have cried at the Last Post! We saw a fire lit on Potters Hill, as were lots around the country, I sent up a prayer.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Yes, I was very lucky to have known him. He passed away when I was about 15.

robin cox walsh said...

I see where your (and Lil's ) love of horses comes from! :D

Eileen said...

That's wonderful that you knew your Great Grandad and you're right to be very proud of him. I think the animals that died in the Great War are sometimes forgotten. How wonderful to know that your Great Grandad looked after them and saved some horses. I can see where your love of horses comes from now,
I've been busy researching my own and my husband's family history and it's made me very sad to discover the losses in our families and never to have know our distant relatives.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Yes, it’s in the blood. My GreatGrandad was Irish ☘️ and moved to England when he was about 13, where he worked as a stable boy initially. Working on a big estate, he met GreatGranny and she ran away with him. ❤️

ann @ studiohyde said...

I think family history is fascinating Eileen, hope to do more research myself 🙂

Marie Smith said...

You should be proud indeed, Ann. And to have known wonderful!

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