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The granddad she never knew.

Posted by Big John on November 11, 2017

Some time ago I was talking with a cousin about our grandfather and his service during World War I, when she happened to mention that her ‘other’ grandfather had died during that terrible conflict and that she had his medals stored away in a drawer somewhere. We agreed that this was a pity and that I should ‘restore’ them as best I could, attach the original ribbons and mount them in a frame as I had done with my own collection of medals.

So, on this one day in the year when we remember all those who gave their lives in so many wars since that “Great War” I thought that it might be appropriate to show the result …

…His name was Henry and he served as a private in The Royal Fusiliers. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal. The frame also contains his memorial plaque, better known as ‘the dead man’s penny’. Henry is buried at Beaulencourt in Picardy. He died in September 1918…

                                         …just two months before the war ended.

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3 Responses to “The granddad she never knew.”

  1. The fact that he died so close to the end of the war makes it so much more tragic. Thank you for doing this, John. We must remember them.

  2. ginnie said

    That always breaks my heart to hear of someone who died so close to the end of a war.

  3. joared said

    I, too, especially lament the loss of those in our wars. My father and his older brother survived WWI, but given how they led led lives later, I have to wonder if they were impacted in such a negative way as to have altered their lives.

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