Fun, quirky, informative, nostalgic, poignant - all descriptions of so many Sepia Saturday challenges and contributions.
Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history through photographs.
This week's prompt shows the kitchen of a hospital train in the First World War
"I had to assist the wounded at a dressing station and stuck to it for about 40 hours. It's blooming hard work being a stretcher bearer in the field."
These were the words of my great uncle George Danson, written three weeks before he was killed on the Somme.
|One of the many embroidered cards sent from Flanders by her sons |
to my widowed great grandmother, Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe.
George Danson was the youngest of eight sons (surviving infancy) of James Danson and Maria Rawcliffe of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. Born in 1894, he was followed three years later by the birth of an only daughter Jennie. The photographs and memorabilia here come from Jennie's collection.
George joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1916 and I was lucky enough to trace his service record on www.ancestry.co.uk as many were destroyed in the Second World War. On his enlistment, George's medical report stated he was 5'3" tall, weighed 109 lbs. (under 8 stone), with size 34 1/2 chest and he wore glasses - so a slight figure to be a stretcher bearer in the turmoil of war.
George remembered on Poulton War Memoral along with his brother John who died in 1917.
I have written about George before on my blog but it is such a poignant tale,
that I make no apologies for telling it again.
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