In 2009 Phil and I went to France, to follow in my Grandad’s footsteps in the 1st World War, and to find the grave of his best friend William Harrold, who he had joined up with. Grandad made it through the war, but William died on 30 October 1917, 3 weeks after coming back to the war after having leave at home, where he had married his sweetheart Doris. I have both their military records, and neither had distinguished medals or mentions in despatches, but William died for his country, and Grandad lived to bring up a great family. They are both heroes.
We visited all the memorials we could, Thiepval, Passchendael, Albert, Vimy Ridge, to name a few and also saw the huge craters left on the Messiness Ridge, by the underground bombs delivered through months of underground tunnelling. I took photo’s 🙂 and then I put them together in a little movie.
Thank you Grandad and William, for keeping us safe.