Ar­mistice Mem­o­ries

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - LETTERS -

I am lucky enough to have my grand­fa­ther’s pocket diary for 1918 [see above]. The two en­tries dated 11 and 12 Novem­ber are par­tic­u­larly poignant.

Mon­day 11th: “Ar­mistice signed. Won­der­ful scenes of joy in town.”

Tues­day 12th: “Do noth­ing.” My pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther was serv­ing with the South African Royal Fly­ing Corps and had been shot down, but he for­tu­nately re­cov­ered and sur­vived to the end. He went on to be­come city en­gi­neer for Bu­l­awayo.

Con­sid­er­ing that my ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther served in the trenches with the Lin­colnshire Reg­i­ment and my fa­ther flew in Lan­caster Bombers with the Rhode­sian Air Force, I con­sider my­self very for­tu­nate to be here at all. At this spe­cial an­niver­sary of 100 years since the Ar­mistice, not only will I be re­mem­ber­ing fam­ily mem­bers and all who fell in ser­vice but I shall have this spe­cial me­mento to en­hance the mo­ment.

Dr Phillip Thorn­ton, by email

Edi­tor Replies: Thank you for shar­ing this with us Phillip. Do any other read­ers have sim­i­lar me­men­tos of the Ar­mistice in their fam­ily archive?

A dis­tant rel­a­tive of Kim’s was trans­ported to Tas­ma­nia, like these con­victs

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