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I currently live in Birmingham and come from Solihull. I have a love of all things crafty, developed from my mom's love of crafts as I was growing up. I currently work in marketing, but I'm a qualified Aromatherapist, and use to be self employed alongside a day job, might one day return to that. I try to fit in crafts when I can, I wish I had more time and money to spend on it! I enjoy researching my family history and finding out about the past. It can get frustrating, but is really rewarding when you have a break through! I hope to meet people with similar interests as me and swap advice/stories.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Lest we forget

100 years since the break out of WW1. To acknowledge this horrific, yet defining moment in our history I'm going to find out more about my ancestors who fought in the war.

As far as I know my only direct ancestor who fought in the war was on my mom's side - my great great grandfather, Luke Mizon, who I believe was based here, actually in London. Whether he ever went abroad I'm not sure, it may have been because of his age he was posted here rather than abroad.

One query I have is why my great grandfather on my dad's side, Henry Edward Smith, wasn't called up, he would have been within the age bracket to be called up, but why he wasn't I'm not sure. His job was in the family business of Sausage Skin Makers (a German company...) can't quite see it was a reserved occupation!

I do know that my granddad's eldest brother fought, in fact my granddad, John Lovelock, was born in 1915 whilst his brother was in the army...a big age difference!

Other family members include ancestors on my Nan's side - The Johnsons.

I plan to spend a little time looking into their stories and piecing together their time in war, the difficulties they faced and overcame. I am not aware of anyone who died in battle, they all survived, luckily - but were they 'ok' after it all?

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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