IF YOU USE TWITTER PLEASE TWEET, IF YOU’RE ON FACEBOOK THEN SHARE. PLEASE SPREAD THIS, AND ALL THE OTHER STORIES FROM THE BLOG ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA (SHARE BUTTONS BELOW ALL ARTICLES). LAST YEARS CENTENARY MARKS AN IMPORTANT PERIOD OF HISTORY WHICH MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN. I HOPE THAT THE FOLLOWING TEXT CAN BE A USEFUL WINDOW INTO THE RELATIVELY RECENT PAST FROM A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE WE MIGHT ALL UNDERSTAND.
I LAST READ THESE MEMOIRS MORE THAN FIFTEEN YEARS AGO SO MY MEMORY OF THEM IS AT BEST, RATHER VAGUE. I INTEND TO TYPE A SECTION AT A TIME AND PUBLISH IMMEDIATELY WITH THE HOPE THAT MY REACTION TO THE TEXT IS AS FRESH AS WHOEVER READS AND WISHES TO COMMENT THEMSELVES.
I WILL HIGHLIGHT (RESEARCH) TAGS WERE I INTEND TO LOOK INTO AREAS OF INTEREST ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AND WILL INSERT HYPERLINKS AT THESE SECTIONS AS AND WHEN I FIND THEM. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ANY LINKS OR KNOWLEDGE YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW ABOUT. INDEED, ANY CONTRIBUTION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Prior to writing the first entries of Horace’s memoirs, I want to share with you a hand written letter from HRH George V.
My Great Grandfather was captured by the Imperial German Army in 1917 near Oppy Wood and spent some months as a POW before escaping having been rescued. He received a personally written letter from the King when he returned home. I will be expanding on this story at a later date.
“The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from the miseries and hardships, which you have endured with so much patience and courage.
During these many months of trial, the early rescue of our gallant Officers and Men from the cruelties of their captivity has been uppermost in our thoughts.
We are thankful that this longed for day has arrived, and that back in the old country you will be able once more to enjoy the happiness of a home and to see good days among those who anxiously look for your return.”