If you had family who served during the World Wars (which you probably do) a great source of information is their letters to home. I recently came across a Diary of my Great-Uncle Jackie, what a wonderful read. I was amazed to think that he was only 24 when he wrote it, having sons around this age it sure hit home. He writes about his girlfriend and how he loves her… typical with the times and the situation he finds himself in – he goes from being sure of his love for her and her love for him to questioning both and then back to being certain :-) He talks about the usual his Mom and his siblings but he also talks of his fear. One of the things I noticed was how important the mail was…life centred around sending and receiving mail. I believe this is still true today, there is a group wishing to brighten Christmas for Canadian troops (yes, we still have some over there) –
When filling out your holiday cards this year, take one card and send it to this address:
Any Canadian Forces Member
Op Attention: Kabul
PO Box 5140 Stn Forces
Locating Ancestors War Records
Uncle Jackie’s Diary – the writing does get easier to read as you go along and it is long…but get yourself comfortable, get a cuppa tea and enjoy…I think he would be pleased to know that people were reading his diary and keeping his memory alive…
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