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Monday, 2 June 2014

Inchie #21

I hope that I shall be forgiven for taking a very sideways step on this prompt of KHAKI.  The 1st thing to come to me was the Army, then conflict and the wars of the 20th century.  With those thoughts and feelings come my late Father-in-Law who was an amazing man who was in the front line right across Europe in WW2.  He worked with the French and Polish pilots.  The French gave him a Croix de Guerre in gratitude.  When it was over he came home, put his demob case in the cellar and didn't look back, like so many others.  He lost count of the pilot friends that he lost but it didn't make him bitter.  I met him during the last year of his life and I am honoured that he chose me to talk to about his experiences.  I just wish that we had more time!  Yes, I have his demob case all intact which I found where he had left it!!!!

Gosh!  that turned into an essay, sorry folks!  Anyway, I did sidestep the prompt as he was in the RAF so wore blue but I did think it would be nice to have a pic of him in my collection of inchies.


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12 comments:

chrissies said...

A wonderful post to read Karen. We tend to forget how young the men were that went to war. My dad came home after a long time stuck in France and he never wanted to talk about any of it--just got on with his life.So pleased you have found the case.

Oh forgot to mention the inchie--great idea for khaki week

Love Chrissie x

Zoe Brener said...

That's an amazing story, Karen! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful and special inchie!

WendyK said...

A lovely story Karen, and a great tribute to him. A great inchie
Wendy xx

Jean Chaney said...

Thank you for sharing your story. It's good to remember our past and all those who cared so much about our great country.

Dawn said...

Fab post sweetie, I love the tribute inchie, beautifully done. He was a lovely man, I remember meeting him in the office bless him.
Huge huggles x x x x

Coco said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father-in-law Karen, also to all these courageous soldiers who were ready to give their life during the second world war. A fab inchie indeed. Hugs Coco xxx

Cathy said...

Your inchie is fantastic and made even more so by your wonderful story. Wow.

freebird7100 said...

Never apologize for going sideways on a theme, or writing an essay. Your story was beautiful. I love the inchie it is beautiful. Great job!

Kaz said...

It's a perfect tribute to him Karen, and it's your set of inchies so you can do what you want. It doesn't need anything more than just the photo xxxx

Carol said...

what a great meaning behind your inches - so personal…. xx

DIane Warburton said...

What a fab post! You go off track, all you like as it helps your creativity and expression of thoughts xx

Lisette Baker said...

What a brilliant idea and such a great and timely tribute.