Thursday, August 28, 2014

Descent into Queenstown New Zealand

Someone suggested this should be shown to passengers on plane as so beautiful - though I think I would prefer not to see the bit with the thick cloud and invisible mountains!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

a man of our times...

...Richard Samuel Attenborough
...Baron Attenborough CBE
...29 August 1923 - 24 August 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

N.L. arrives in East Yorkshire

Got in from the golf course to find another excellent newsletter in the post box. Well done chaps and chapesses.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Some might have relatives on this site

The Royal British Legion has launched a campaign to gather tributes honouring every Commonwealth serviceman and woman who died during the First World War.
The Every Man Remembered initiative is an online database that enables users to commemorate a family member, someone they are connected to or find a person who has no-one to honour them.

You just put in the name of the family member if you know it - or can just select at random.

Monday, August 04, 2014

lights out!...

One that DID make it (despite the odds)

My grandfather joined the army in 1899 (they had to alter the form by hand to accommodate 19th century enlistment dates), 15 years later he was part of the original B.E.F. (allegedly described as a "contemptible little army" by Wilhelm II) and somehow survived the entire war. He died in the 1950s.


Flower Festival to Commemorate WW1

At the weekend our church had a flower festival and the arrangements were beautiful and stories very moving.
The Last Post
The Bugler sent a call of high romance -
'Lights out! lights out! To the deserted square,
One the thin brazen notes he threw a prayer,
'God, if it's this for me next time in France ......
O spare the phantom bugle as I lie
Dead in the gas and smoke and roar of guns,
Dead in a row with the other broken ones
Lying so stiff and still under the sky,
Jolly young Fusiliers too good to die'.

One who didn't make it

Edward Torbet, my grand uncle was one of Kitchener’s volunteer soldiers and died in the early days of the Battle of Loos. He had become a father for the first time four months earlier, I believe.
His memorial is at the Loos Cemetery in the village of Loos-en-Gohelle. This is situated about 5 kms northwest of Lens in Flanders. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who fell in the area and who have no known grave. On both sides of the Cemetery are walls 15 feet high, on which are fixed tablets carved with the names. 

Sunday, August 03, 2014

official notice!...

...'tis officially Lady Tunstall's birthday!...

Let One Go