Yesterday I became a Tweeter…..I swore I wouldn’t do it…but having signed up, I can see this could be fun:)
When I cleared my Mother’s house three years ago after she went into a nursing home, I found lots of very interesting papers, including numerous old telegrams…..the tweets of the past. I have put all the documents and papers into large photograph albums so that when i die my children will be able to find everything very easily. I might add it took me months to go through my Mother’s home…however, I am so glad that I did go through every drawer, etc. otherwise some real treasures could have been lost.
This first telegram is dated 1943, the year before my parents married. They met at a chaperoned dance at the Royal Hasler Navel Hospital. My father was a young officer in the Royal Navy and my Mother a nurse in the VAD – Voluntary Aid Detachment/Red Cross.
My Father asks to meet my Mother at Platform one – Waterloo Station. The train I catch from Waterloo to Hampton always leaves from Platforms one to four….the circles of life.
The second telegram, is dated 1944 – 70 years ago – the year of D Day. It is congratulating my parents on their marriage. Given that my Grandparent’s house was in Wandsworth, my parents were married at St. Anne’s Church, hence the Wandsworth address.
Tomorrow, when we commemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day…I will post a poem written to my Mother by a young patient in the Hasler Hospital….it’s beautiful, and a reminder that all those people who fought in the war were so young.