Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Today I am Remembering...

James O'Neill - my Great-Grandfather...

... who died while serving his country in World War 1. He also served in the South African Campaign and was only 35 when he died in battle. He is remembered at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He and his wife Emily O'Neill - my Great-Grandmother were separated by death for 65 years. She often could be heard describing him this way... "Aye, he was a grand lad." ;-) in her broad Geordie accent. She missed him all of the time they were separated.

For him, and thousands like him, I take a moment of silence in gratitude for my freedom.

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