I have a slightly different memento of the Armistice. My maternal grandmother’s family were from the Widnes area, then in Lancashire. Her paternal aunt, Edith Alice Appleton (1885– 1956), was given an autograph book by EAA Mitchel “with my very best wishes 20:10:18”. Apart from signatures and sayings the book contains drawings and paintings, mainly by family members. The first painting (above) was painted by Edith’s brother John Appleton (1876– 1943). My mother remembers him as the family’s main photographer and a very nice
Victorian gentleman. The painting is dated “Nov 1918”, and given the dates of the adoption of the poppy symbol for remembrance he wouldn’t have realised the appropriateness of the subject matter and date.
Kirsten Moon, by email
EDITOR REPLIES: What a poignant image. Thank you so much for sharing it Kirsten.
Kirsten Moon wanted to share this charming painting by one of her relatives as a memento of the end of the First World War