The 11th Hour of the 11th Day, Etc

My grandfather ‘served’ in the First World War. His name was Robert Foster (I was named after him). Back then you could join the army at the age of 16. My grandfather Robert was 15 and lied about his age. He joined the Royal Artillery Regiment and took part in the battle of Verdun, which was one of the biggest slaughters of the First World War. During this totally senseless bloodbath my grandfather was near an exploding shell and was thrown up into a tree. By some miracle he survived (it’s a family trait) and after recovering in hospital he was sent back to the trenches. My grandfather Robert then refused an order from an officer (“over the top, boys!”). As punishment he was tied to a gun carriage and lashed. What saved my grandfather in that war was that he was gassed in the trenches, as were so many others, and he was evacuated back to Britain. My grandfather Robert died in 1947 from lung cancer…

Here’s a photo taken of my grandfather Robert, beside my grandmother Lil. This photo was probably taken sometime in the 1930s. You can probably see how frail my grandfather Robert looks. The medal he’s wearing is for being gassed in the trenches.

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7 Responses to The 11th Hour of the 11th Day, Etc

  1. Christine Couper says:

    BRILLIANT Rob, so very, very Brave.. wished I could,have met him.xxx NAN always said what a lovley gentle man he was. I believe he passed away a couple of months before Auntie Rae gave birth to Lorraine..xxxxx

  2. freddy says:

    On and on it goes…
    60+ killed & wounded by U.S.A. coalition airstrike on Syria’s Deir ez-Zor
    https://www.rt.com/newsline/443805-killed-wounded-coalition-strike-syria/
    U.S.A.-led coalition aircraft has reportedly bombed residential neighborhoods of al-Sha’afa village in Deir ez-Zor, leaving more than 60 civilians dead or injured, state news agency Sana reports, citing local sources. Details of the attack were not shared by the news agency, and the US-led forces have yet to issue a statement about the alleged attack. Earlier on Sunday, the agency reported another coalition airstrike in the same province, which killed two children and two women. Over the past few months, the US-led alliance has been repeatedly accused of indiscriminate shelling in the province of Deir ez-Zor, where it supports the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting the remnants of Islamic State

  3. freddy says:

    Yet another mysterious police “suicide” in Yvelines?

    Maggy Biskupski was found at her home in the Yvelines area west of Paris, having apparently shot herself with her service weapon.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46193729

  4. freddy says:

    A high-ranking judicial police chief in Limoges committed suicide last Wednesday hours after being asked to file a report on the Charlie Hebdo killings, it has emerged.

    Helric Fredou, 45, the deputy director of the regional judicial police in Limoges turned his gun on himself last Wednesday night, hours after Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12 people in an Islamist rampage, including two policemen.

    He had been tasked with investigating the family of one of the victims, but died before handing in the report.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11341295/French-police-chief-committed-suicide-after-Charlie-Hebdo-attack.html

    There seems to be quite a few killings/suicides in FRANCE
    that never come to a conclusion?

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