Here is my grandfather in his Major's uniform. This must have been taken after Vimy when he was promoted.
We are off in just over a week to join the 25,000 people expected to spend the day of the 9th of April remembering men like Alec. 60,000 who never returned home.
They went off in innocence. Here is a transcription of the first letter home that Alec wrote to hs parents from Salisbury plain. It tells of his trip to England. There is no expectation of what was to come. How could he know that he would survive the entire war and in so doing lose nearly his his friends and see things that no man can witness and not be changed by.
Alec came home. All his cousins were killed and his brother Hartland had lost his leg.