A few weeks back my mum chatted to my lovely Great Aunt Ruth, who lives across in Wales. She was able to give my mum some information about her parents during the war. Her father was my Dad's Grandfather, and they were very close. As a six year old child I remember seeing my dad cry for the first time when his grandfather passed away, many years ago now.
Her father was at the Battle of the Somme, as was my Great Uncle (on the other side of the family), who was sadly killed there (details in that previous post). He was a despatch rider, and was gassed and sent home to recuperate. The story goes that he lost his memory due to the explosion of a bomb that went off near him, and only knew who he was when thankfully another soldier recognised him at the hospital. I also remember my Dad telling us that he had written home at the time, and mentioned in the letter that he said that his trousers were ''too loose''. This was taken to mean in the family that he was in a hospital in Toulouse, but whether that is actually the truth, I cannot verify.
|My Great Grandpa (Frederick Reginald Barnes) in Army Uniform|
During the last couple of years, mum has been collating all the family photographs, and has been putting them into date order and into albums. This lady here is my aunt Ruth's mother, my Dad's Grandmother:-
|Henrietta Barnes, my Great Grandma|
|My Great Grandparents at their Wedding 1919 - what a wonderful dress!|