Friday, 21 December 2012
With love from Belgium, December 1918 - Sepia Saturday
Each week Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
This week's fun prompt features passengers on a tram enjoying a song with Father Christmas.
I couldn't come up with anything on a similar vein, so have returned to the theme of Christmas as a family time, and featured more of the cards sent during the First World War by my grandfather William Danson of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. The two scenes of Brussels were sent to his daughters, Edith and Kathleen (my mother) around Christmas 1918, when presumably he was waiting to be demobbed.
Left - William (1884-1962) was the fifth son of James Danson and Maria Rawcliffe who went onto to have four more sons and one daughter. Five of their sons fought in the First World War, which saw the deaths of George and John. William won the Military Medal at Givenchy and fought in the mud of Passchendael. The romantic cards he sent to his wife Alice featured in my previous Sepia Saturday posting - "Love From Flanders Field".
Grandad never talked about his war experiences, but the collection of card he sent to his family back home remain a poignant treasure of this time, and something I am very proud to have.
24th December 1918 - Dear Edith, Just a card to let you know that I am in the best of health. I am staying not from the ?? that is on the card. From her Dad XXXXXX
30th December 1918 - Dear Kathleen, I am in the pink and hope mother and family are the same. Will send a few more cards in a day or so. From her Dad XXXXXX
With best wishes to all my blog readers.
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