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The last day of the First World War

I am feeling somewhat emotional after watching this programme. My Father was there but was lucky enough to survive. To die between the signing of the Armestice but before it came into effect was the most unbelievabley awful thing. Who amongst you have relatives - fathers/grandfathers who survived - uncles/great uncles who did not?

Posted at 1st Nov 2008 - 09:22PM   Posted by Withy Brook   The last day of the First World War Comments: 14

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Faith's Avatar Both my grandfathers survived WW1. My father was born in 1913 but didnt actually see his father, I believe, til he was quite a few years old.

I was working on my Tree on Ancestry.co.uk today. My mother's cousin went down with HMS Hood, poor boy, he was only 19. Of course that was WW11.

This kind of thing affects me emotionally too Withy.

Posted by: Faith on 1st Nov 2008 at 09:37PM

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Cait's Avatar M's father survived this war.

I deliberately avoided watching this as I thought it would be too sad and emotional for a Saturday night (for M especially).

It was an awful, awful thing.

Posted by: Cait on 1st Nov 2008 at 09:40PM

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Faith's Avatar Yes, I don't think we can really appreciate how very terrible it was.

Posted by: Faith on 1st Nov 2008 at 09:48PM

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It was a wonderful program, I'm so glad I watched it and think that we must continue to remember and to pass the stories down to coming generations.

I too thought at first that it would be too sad to watch, but we must not forget.

Posted by: Crucifix on 1st Nov 2008 at 10:19PM

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Mountainear's Avatar I watched this too Withy. Very sensitively treated I thought.

I don't think my immediate family suffered any losses but, like every family up and down the land must have keenly felt its impact. My mother's early childhood suffered - I never found out the exact details - but I do no know that it affected her life and subsequently that of her children.

To die at the '11th hour' , with peace imenent

Posted by: Mountainear on 1st Nov 2008 at 10:23PM

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Mountainear's Avatar Eeek! I pushed the wrong button. My last sentence should read

To die at the '11th hour', with peace imminent, is too awful to contemplate.

Posted by: Mountainear on 1st Nov 2008 at 10:26PM

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Pondside's Avatar If it apprears in cinemas over there I'd urge you to see Paschendale - a move produced by Canadian actor Paul Gross.
In 1918 Canada was a small country and our losses in France and Belgium scarred a generation. Nearly the entire Royal Nfld Regiment was wiped out at Beaumont Hamel - the colonials were considered somewhat expendable, causing some difficulties when England called in 1939-40, however the country rallied to the cause again.

Posted by: Pondside on 2nd Nov 2008 at 12:49AM

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Lawyerlady's Avatar my grandfather survived the first world war but had been gassed by mustard gas so the rest of his life was blighted and he was still young when he died.One family where we live lost five sons and the relatives of the only daughter will this morning be decorating the chapel in rememberance of them, I expect that it will be all the more poignant today.Frances, how strange, I am working on a family tree and the man's father went down with the HMS Hood.Have you been on the website to the memory of those who died on her?

Posted by: Lawyerlady on 2nd Nov 2008 at 08:32AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar I don't actually know if any of my relatives fought and died in the war - I don't remember it ever being discussed.

I can't beging to imagine though the grief it must have caused for people to die at the 11th hour.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 2nd Nov 2008 at 08:55AM

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Jayem's Avatar I grew up hearing stories, not of the war itself, but of the many evacuees posted with my parents, and of the prisoners who came to work on the farm as 'trustees' - 'just boys,missing their families' my mother always said. My father was deemed unfit for military duty [despite running his own farm 24/7] so served in the Home Guard. And stories about being able to see Liverpool in flames lighting up the sky, from rural Shropshire.

Posted by: Jayem on 2nd Nov 2008 at 09:32AM

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Faith's Avatar LL, yes I have been on the Hood's website. Very interesting.

Posted by: Faith on 2nd Nov 2008 at 10:50AM

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Fennie's Avatar My maternal grandfather was an officer in the Black Watch on the Somme. They started the first day with 37 officiers and 1100 men. By the end they were down to 7 officers and about 150 men. He was one of the seven. On the second day he received a bullet through the shoulder which probably saved his life. He was invalided home. Like many he would never talk about his experiences in any detail. My paternal grandfather was an early radio engineer and was on HMS Glasgow when she was torpedoed. He survived.

Posted by: Fennie on 2nd Nov 2008 at 11:14AM

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Bayou's Avatar Could not watch this program but suddenly thought it through from my side:
my grandmother's first husband was missed in 1914 and later found killed in Carlepont. If he had not died then, my grandfather would not have become her second husband and my father would not have been born. So, I would not be there, neither.
It always shakes me up, when we visit the American cimetery, nearby. Thousands of brave soldiers killed. All have a story to tell. Almost all died too young. I do so hope, that we won't have to live so terrible moments like our ancestors. I do so hope that Mc Cain is not going to make it!

Posted by: Bayou on 2nd Nov 2008 at 12:04PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Bayou - so happy that you are with us. That is a good side of the horror. Moving to the second World War, I had at least 2 cousins whose fiancÚ's were killed and who died many years later as spinsters.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 2nd Nov 2008 at 09:49PM

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