24 October 2008

Names on a Memorial

Yesterday in Ely I noticed repeating names on the War Memorial. Nothing unusual, particularly in small cities & villages, but these gentleman all shared the same middle initial. So I looked them up on the excellent War Memorial site http://www.roll-of-honour.com/

Bert, James, Thomas and Edward McGee were indeed brothers. And three of them died on the same day. Bert (18), James (20) & Thomas (22) died on 12th October 1916. Edward (24) died ten months later in August 1917. How did their parents go on after that?

I'll be thinking of them on 11th November, the 90th anniversary of the Armistice.

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