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Father And Son At War [Feb. 6th, 2017|10:25 am]
Tony Grist
I had been wondering how my grandfather managed to avoid active service during the Great War without collecting a pillow full of white feathers- and then I found this picture of him bending over a drawing board with "Vickers 1916" written on the back.



So that's the answer. He was working or serving an apprenticeship at Vickers- the arms manufacturer- and that would have counted as war work and exempted him from conscription.

Forward a generation. My grandfather tried to swing my father a commission in a "good" regiment but failed (we have the correspondence somewhere) and he (my father) ended up in the Navy.



So far as I know he never went to sea but, having trained as an engineer,  served in a bomb disposal unit  based, for at least part of the war, on Romney Marsh. I was digging around a few weeks back and came up this which- I think- shows him at work. A hole has been dug in a flat landscape which is almost certainly Romney Marsh, there are pipes in place which will be for pumping water out of the hole and at the bottom of the hole will be something the Germans dropped. I think my father is the man in the peaked cap in the middle distance.



And this must be the thing they dug up.


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[User Picture]From: sovay
2017-02-06 11:42 am (UTC)
and he (my father) ended up in the Navy.

Nice face.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-06 12:33 pm (UTC)
He was a decent sort, my dad.
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From: cmcmck
2017-02-06 01:17 pm (UTC)
That's a biggie.

500lb at a guess.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-06 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ker-boom!
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From: cmcmck
2017-02-06 02:22 pm (UTC)
That's probably what they'd have done with it eventually too.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-02-06 02:47 pm (UTC)
I am enjoying your piecing together of your family history. The clues photos provide!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-06 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm learning a lot in the process...
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-02-06 03:06 pm (UTC)
These are fabulous photos and stories. May I suggest that you add a tag? "family history" or some such. Then you can search on that tag and read them all at once.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-06 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's an excellent idea.
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