This week is my blogs eighth birthday, fancy that, eight years ehh? A long time in the blogosphere I suppose?
This week also saw the hundredth anniversary of my fathers birth, now that really is a long time ago.
As a teenager I remember being amused by a waitress telling Dad he had ‘laughing eyes’, it wasn’t something I saw in him then, but I can see it here…
His mum died of TB when he was seven, he was raised (and indulged, so my Mum said!) By maiden aunts, post the First World War, there were a lot of Maiden aunts.
He didn’t like school at all, reading and writing did not come easy for him; but as an adult he could read an engine like a book ( he’s on the back row, eighth from the left)
He was one of the first Scouts of a Group that still runs in the village to this day, his hat was so big they he to pack it with newspaper to stop it falling in his eyes.
Turning heads as a young man, clock the girl on the far right, on a grand day out.
And off to war…
After service in Burma, in the Royal Engineers, home to love.
Dad died, eighteen years ago, when Joe was just a few weeks old.