Monday, November 11, 2013

Lest we forget ...

Remember our Veterans
Many gave their lives for us

Percy E. Gibson was an uncle whom I never knew, but I recall hearing his name often.
  His widow, Mary Gibson, was my mother's eldest sister (my Aunt Mamie).

Percy Edward Gibson

My maternal grandfather's older brother (therefore my grand uncle), William Thomas Sharpe (1889-1919) died in Germany as he boarded the ship to take him home to Liverpool where his young wife and almost four year old son waited.  That child would grow up knowing nothing of his father's younger brother, whose name he shared.  In 2004, my family tree research led me to his descendants, many of whom I am in touch with today.


Let us also not forget:

My maternal grandfather, Samuel Sharpe (1896-1964), who served in WWI (photo taken 1915) and loved it so much he re-enlisted for WWII (photo taken 1941).

My paternal grandfather, Thomas Cherryholme, (1896-1960) who also served in WWI.  Although I don't have a photo of him in uniform, here he is c1952.

And my father, Richard Romeo Cherryholme, (1926-1979), who served as a rear gunner in WWII.

My father is seated, second from left.


Kim Lussier said...

What a wonderful tribute Bonnie. You must be so proud of your genealogy work as it's yielded such fascinating facts and stories. Thank you for sharing! Kim Lussier (nee Potterton).

Kim Lussier said...
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C. Bonnie Fowler said...

You're very welcome Kim. Genealogy is such a rewarding pass-time and I love sharing the fruits of my labour.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that you read my blog.