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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:41 pm

I'm interested and I'm sure our other lovelies here will be too, Maisie!!

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Post by Tan on Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:37 pm

I so enjoy seeing anything from long ago, all interesting to read as well, and seeing how very well everything has been kept like new.
Many items I can remember seeing as a youngsters, for instance my Grandma had lot's of interesting clippings from Newspapers, and also she kept so much from what my Grandad brought back to her when he was away at War, but sadly those never came into my possession, to share them.

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Post by Maywalk on Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:52 am

Hi Folks.
Please bear with me while relating this tale because it all has something to do with my family history and my Uncle Tom.

A true tale which starts in 1912.
Told to me by my mother.

Many years ago I remember my mother telling me about her family.
I never knew any of them but according to what my mother told me she had an older sister who was married and had twin daughters and a brother who was in the Army. Her sister's husband had gone out to America to make a new life for his family and my mothers sister and twin girls were to join him as soon as he got settled.

From what she told me her mother, my grandmother, was a gypsy and the last of a Romany clan who had married my grandfather an Irishman.
For those who have read my book this was the grandmother that I met when she was dead.
I was told that my grandmother could see things happen before they did and seemed to have an uncanny way of KNOWING what was in store.
In other words she was seer------a person who could foretell the future.

When the time neared for her eldest daughter and granddaughters to set sail to join their husband/father
my grandmother had a vision of a large ship that was sinking and begged her daughter not to go but to wait and go on another ship later on in the year.
My mother said her sister laughed at her mother and told her that she was seeing things again.

Unfortunately my mothers sister took no heed of her mothers warning and she with her twin girls set out to join the ship that was to take them to America for a new life. They were sailing on the Titanic.

As the reader will be aware the Titanic sank on the 14th of April 1912 with the loss of 1500 lives on her maiden journey and my mothers sister and twin girls were among those lost.

My mother was just 11 years old at that time and as my grandfather and grandmother were separated it made life rather grim for my mother because she was trying to comfort her mother and grieve herself.



My mother idolised Tommy her only brother and he was her hero.
He had a concertina that he loved to play and his favourite tune was “Danny Boy.”
She used to sing to his playing and although Tommy was at least 14 years older than his sister he too loved her very much and used to encourage her to sing.
When WW1 broke out Tommy had to go to the war front in France and he left his concertina at home in the cupboard in his bedroom.

My mother was the only one left at home with her mother and to comfort each other they slept in the same bed.
WW1 had been raging since June 1914 and it was on the 26 of August 1914 while lying in bed with her mother they both heard the concertina playing “Danny Boy”. They got up and went into Tommy’s bedroom and opened the cupboard door to find the concertina out of its case and my grandmother just said “My Tommy is dead.”

My mother said she found out afterwards that my grandmother had written the date down previously to her son being killed and put it in a musical box.

I can still see my mothers face as she related this story to me and the grief she was still feeling with losing her sister and nieces now it was her brother.
Far fetched you may think but knowing my mother she was not the sort of person to make up stories.

Mother told me that she could remember the horseman dressed in red ( a guardsman ) coming to the house where they lived in London with a scroll tied up with red ribbon to hand to my grandmother.

I too saw that scroll which was signed by the king to say that one of his men had been killed in action and how brave he had been. That was the only time I saw it because when my parents moved to the town where I lived in later years it must have got thrown away in the moving of their belongings.
My grandmother or my mother never did find out where Tommy was buried OR if he had a grave at all.

Many years later I got very curious about where my Uncle Tommy had died and I phoned the War Graves Commission.
I gave her a few details over the phone of what little I knew about him and where he lived when he was the Army not even hoping that she could help me.

I was absolutely astounded when she came back to me and told me his Army number and although there was no known grave his name was carved on sarcophagus in France. She also told me the exact place to go to.

I was SO impressed with the way the young person had passed over the information.
I said it was marvellous to think that after all these years we had at last found out and I thanked her for how efficient she had been.

Her answer nearly floored me because she said “Actually it was very simple to find him Mrs Walker because he was the ONLY chap killed in WW1 with the name of THOMAS HUDDY.”

I was amazed to hear this and she told me there were some more Huddy’s killed but only the one with the name of THOMAS.

Of all the millions killed in WW1 it seemed incredible but it was perfectly true.

My biggest regret was that if I had done this sooner when my mother was alive she would have been more at peace with herself.

A photo of my uncle who was killed in the First World War.

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This is where the memorial stone is in France.

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I hope I have not bored anyone with this. IF I have please tell me to take a LONG walk off a short pier. I Do not know



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Post by June on Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:15 am

Very interesting story Maisie and I can recall similar ones myself as my grandmother was able to 'sense' things happening.

I have posted this before but it is one of my great uncles (my grandma's brother) who lost his life at Gallipoli. This was a PC sent to my grandma and it has a very telling message on the reverse. Her husband, my grandad, was about to be posted there. He survived but her brother didn't. His name is on the memorial at Gallipoli and I have a copy of the scroll that was given to my gt. grandparents and I have the big copper medallion too.
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His name was Edward Evans and his regiment was the Lancashire Fusiliers.




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Post by Maywalk on Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:43 am

Worth keeping June. Apart from family sentiment its also history. He was a handsome chap.
Thanks for showing them.
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Post by nordog on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:21 am

Maywalk, I have been asked to do the Paris to London Help For Heroes cycle challenge we could be near to Seine-et-Marne, If I do the ride and we could even visit the cemetery, would you like me to take a small momento or poppies?
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Post by Maywalk on Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:33 am

Oh Nordog what a lovely offer. Thankyou.
I am overwhelmed by your offer and it would be a super way of not only remembering him but all the others who fell and have their names carved in pride on the sarcophagus.

Poppies would be lovely and I will send you a cheque to cover the costs if you send me your address by PM.
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Post by June on Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:38 am

Maywalk wrote:Worth keeping June. Apart from family sentiment its also history. He was a handsome chap.
Thanks for showing them.

Yes, and my elder daughter already has her eye on them. She will take good care of them.
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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:40 pm

I am sorry those paper treasures your Grandma had didn't come to you, our Tan ... guess we can only hope and hope that whoever has these treasures each one.

Oh gosh, June ... to read the postcard in his own handwriting ... and his saying "David is foolish for rejoining again". And when I read on, I can only imagine how courageous as well as frightened Edward must have been.

Seeing photos of these brave souls and knowing even bits and snips about them is truly a gift - thank you, June.

And Nordog, what a wonderfully kind and thoughtful kind gentleman you are - a truly beautiful gesture.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:41 pm

What an incredible disaster that was for your dear mom to loose her sister and little nieces, Maisie, and your poor grandmother - what heartbreak from that ship - huge sad sigh.

And to read farther and realize that more tragedy was waiting - and the 'Danny Boy' story made me so so sad as it's nearly beyond comprehension that anyone has to have so much pain in one's life. (The actual story itself isn't at all incomprehensive to me, though, Maisie).

A Guardsman deliverying a scroll tied with red ribbon .... both beautiful and heart-wrenching at the same time, isn't it. How happy I am that you found such a lovely young person who did a search to let you know Tommy's name is cared on a sarcophgus in France - so very good of her.

Tommy looks so handsome there in the photo and you must not not not be hard on yourself for not searching sooner, kind lady, really you mustn't.

And far from being "bored", I'm fascinated and I thank you so much for sharing these lovely and touching stories with us, our Maisie.

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Post by nordog on Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:23 am

Maywalk, I'm not going until next year May time. No need of a cheque.
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Post by Maywalk on Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:44 am

Well just let me know when you are ready for the off Nordog and I look forward to any photos taken.
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