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Sunday, 9 November 2014

11th November 1914 to 2014.

Today is Remembrance Day here in the UK,   A day which should never be forgotton, this year it has a more reasons to remember,   It's 100 years since the start of the First World War,   I have no idea if I have any family in the First World War,    But both my parents were in the second,  this year I seem to be remembering them both more, perhaps because my mother died in July.
My father was born on the 4th August 1914 and would have been one hundred,  he served in the dental unit of the army and followed the troops though France, Belgium and Holland before coming home on a weeks leave to go to Japan,   That was the week that they dropped the bombs on Japan and he never had to go.
My mother who was a Japanese POW.  in the Second World War,  she was captured by the Japanese and spent two and half years in a POW camp.  I have tried so hard to trace her war record to no avail, no stone has been left unturned in the trace but it's been destroyed, it appears their are hundreds of war records that have gone.
I wear my poppy with pride.
Now with recent wars to remember this day is one this country should never forget.


  1. we should all remember with gratitude how many laid down their lives for us.

  2. A shame you haven't been able to trace your mum's records. My visit to the Tower of London to see the poppies there in memory of those that died in WW1 was one of the highlights of my trip.

    1. I would have loved to have seen the poppies, I have seen them on the TV and in pictures, not the same, They will be dismantled this next week although some are staying for a while longer.

  3. Me too, Margaret...today I think of my Dad, as a young pilot in Europe in WW2.
    p.s. Mr. G, (no longer Gian due to CBC events) does not care a whit!

  4. That is so interesting I have this poppy, I have been wanting to make and bought the things to make it I will have to get around to it. Your mom was really fascinating she did so many things to be proud of.


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