Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In Memory of
Private JOHN TURNBULL CHANDLER
175142, 5th Coy., Canadian Machine Gun Corps who died age 20 on 03 July 1917.
Only son of John William and Agnes Chandler, of Gedney Dyke, Holbeach, Lincs.
Native of Southea, nr. Wisbech.
Remembered with honour
BULLY-GRENAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, BRITISH EXTENSION,
His life ended in France on 3 July 1917, serving with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
GEDNEY DYKE SOLDIER FALLS We regret to report the death in action of Pte. John Turnbull Chandler, son of the late Mr. John W. Chandler, schoolmaster, Parson Drove, and of Mrs. Chandler, schoolmistress, Gedney Dyke. The deceased was educated at Barbourne College, Worcester (1908) and Framlingham College (1909-1912). He learned farming and went to Canada in April 1912. He enlisted in January 1916 in Grimsby, Ontario, came over to Shorncliffe June 1916, went to France October 1916, and was killed in action July 3rd. He was only 20 years of age. He leaves a mother and six sisters to mourn his loss.
I visited his grave in France with my two sons in 2005.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Another reason to be glad I am moving.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
And I have a really good excuse.
I've been house hunting. I've looked at big, small, old, new, detached, semi-detached, town houses, condos.
But I've finally got myself a new home and I move in a couple of weeks.
So now I'm doing this.
And since I last posted, this happened. Yes, I had a birthday. A significant one too. I can't imagine how I got to be this old (not telling just HOW old) but it's better than the alternative!
So the whole family got together and we went for a birthday dinner at the Mandarin Chinese Buffet. Mmmm... buffet style Chinese food, and if that doesn't suit you, there's pizza, or roast beef, or spare ribs or sushi.... I love the baked salmon and the spicy shrimp, and the hot and sour soup, and the mango salad... it's all so good!
And then home for a cuppa and fancy birthday cupcakes.
And finally both my grandboys. It's hard to get a picture of them both at the same time, they move so fast.
We've had a couple of new family additions in UK recently. William (baby brother to Oliver) arrived 4 weeks ago and baby Charlie arrived last week, cousins to each other and new second cousins for Callum and Isaac. That makes 5 little boys born in the last 3 years in our family.
And in The Bride's family there are 4 more little boys all under 4 years old.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I spent the evening shelling out at YoungerSon's house, and there were only about 10 doorbell rings. Probably because it was a cold night, and it's in an older neighbourhood with not many young families.
Oh well, that means more chocolate for us!
Here's Mr Pumpkinhead before he got
But once inside the cosy tiger outfit, Isaac was a happy boy. Although he didn't really get what was going on. Next year will be different!
Meanwhile, Callum went out trick-or-treating with his cousins, he was "the elephant in the room".