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janhedger
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Posted - 27/03/2017 :  13:13:38  Show Profile  Visit janhedger's Homepage  Send janhedger an AOL message Send janhedger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A gentle man who suffered a lot of years with ill health - my Dad came from a secret - a hard and difficult childhood. Ran away to sea - with his fathers permission at 15 years old (from a very tough homelife) in the Mercahnt Navy - couldn't settle the sea sickness - so jumped ship, at Canada - into slave labour on a farm, escaped with money from Aunt to be - homeless in London - then found the family he was lacking - the army. Signed on at Chelsea Barracks and served in India And Burma - medically dischrged early 1939 - recalled back to army when war broke out - after meeting and marrying my Mum. 2 years stationed around Britain then last three and a half years in Egypyt (no Leave)

Today 27th March would have been his birthday - he was taken to early.

Jan

We cannot stop, because if a single one of these men were taken and shot, that would be our fault - Edith Cavell
http://www.janscreativewriting.co.uk/ -updated Aug 17 - with new poems/photo's - video interviews - see PowerPoint slide shows, audio files & my books.

Rob Carson
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carlisle
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Posted - 31/03/2017 :  10:52:41  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Your father had a very adventurous life. That, in spite of all he endured with ill-health and other 'vicissitudes' he remained a gentle man makes him especially admirable. A former, elderly neighbour of mine would say her husband was 'a gentle man.' She would then repeat it saying 'a gentle man' not 'a gentleman' without any suggestion of disparagement..
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janhedger
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Posted - 31/03/2017 :  12:50:28  Show Profile  Visit janhedger's Homepage  Send janhedger an AOL message Send janhedger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Rob bless you and thanks for your related tale.

Jan

We cannot stop, because if a single one of these men were taken and shot, that would be our fault - Edith Cavell
http://www.janscreativewriting.co.uk/ -updated Aug 17 - with new poems/photo's - video interviews - see PowerPoint slide shows, audio files & my books.
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