Sunday, 17 August 2014

Remembering World War I

In World War I, one of my great grandfathers and a great uncle died. My maternal grandfather, whose age mirrored the year of the century, was in the navy. So, when the war ended in 1918, he would have been just a few months past his 19th birthday. If like his brother he had died, I would not be here to write this.

I have a few mementoes of him and that below is also something from the WWI period: a spoon which I understand may have been widely on sale to help pay for the war.

The spoon depicts Earl Kitchener (1850–1916). As a child, I always found it somewhat amusing that a spoon we used in the kitchen had the face of a man on it called kitchener.