November 11, 2018: One Hundred Years Ago and Great-Uncle Earle

Beautifully written post on WWI

Lorraine's frilly freudian slip

A re-post from Remembrance Day 2018.

At the 11 hour of the 11 day of the 11th month, I will observe a minute of silence in remembrance.

One hundred years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent in No Man’s Land – the end of the “war to end all wars.”

On October 31, 1917, during the Second Battle of Passchendaele, my great-uncle Earle went missing, presumed dead. His body was never found. His brother, Grover, survived the war, returning home in 1918. On a foggy night, eight years later, he and my great-grandfather died when their wooden schooner was sliced in two by a metal-hulled steamer. A family grave marker commemorates both events.

Wooden sailing ships and metal steamers meeting in the fog: an adept analogy for World War One?

Sites I’ve been visiting lately regarding World War One:

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