Thursday, May 7, 2015

Always remembered

A death of a person is often felt deeply by family members and friends.  While researching WWI soldiers who died during the war it was moving to discover memorial notices inserted in newspapers often on the anniversary on their death. 

Often a poem of a few lines, they revealed how much they were loved and missed and held in esteem. 
Charles Melvin King from Virginia died at Pozieres 1916.  The following year his parents and sister inserted a notice in the Chronicle newspaper.

This is the day, so sad to recall,
This is the day of remembrance to all;
Dear is the grave where our dear one is laid,
Sweet is the memory that will never fail.


His brother inserted;
He sleeps till the last roll call
Along with the brave.
Too dearly loved to be forgotten


His sister, H E Roberts inserted
From memory’s page time can’t blot
Three little words, forget me not.


Chronicle Saturday 10 November 1917 p 13

Ted Blackman
Edward Blackman was born on 14th October 1898 at Smithfield.  At the age of 18 he enlisted in the AIF, on 5th February 1917.   He was killed in action in Dernancourt, France on 13th April 1918, aged 19.  
In remembrance of his brother Private Edward (Ted) Blackman, his sister Annie inserted the following.   

Far away over the ocean
Dear brother with heart so true
Though you will never return again
There’s a lot at home thinking of you
Ted’s brother inserted this message;

Over in France my sad thought roam
To a lonely grave so far from home
Although your dear grave I can’t see
I hold you dear in memory.