Memories passed down

During our activities people have shared with us recollections and memorabilia from their own families. Although their relatives may not have lived in  South Warwickshire during the Great War their relatives who now do bring stories that we record. 

 We are publishing some of those stories here:

These cards sent to Elizabeth Smith by Alec and John give us a glimpse of three lives and leave us to wonder what happened to them after the War. They also provide examples of the popular silk cards made by French and Belgium women.

 * Since we published "The country lad who won a VC and a MM", the story of Fred Turner's Great
Ernest Seaman VC, Fred has had surprising and pleasing news. 
   Read what happened by going to:

Jean Roberts a resident of Wellesbourne has shared with us greetings card and post cards that
were exchanged by her mother, grandmother, grandfather and uncle. Both grandfather and uncle 
served in the army.

Visit Family at War to see the collection 

Irene Tims has kindly provided this photo of her mother-in-law,  Violet Tims,  in May 1917 meeting King George V and Queen Mary when they visited the White Lund Ammunition Factory which was situated midway between Morecambe and Lancaster.

Violet (nee Dunmall) was twenty years of age at the time and had not yet met her husband to be. Violet was working in the factory. Tragically a few months later on 1 October there was an explosion at the factory which killed ten workers and put the factory out of commission until after the war ended.

After the war - Poems of anger and despair from returning soldiers.
Bob Allso one of the researchers on this project has provided the two poems in the link above. He also has provided this photo of his uncle Thomas Maynard in his uniform.

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