Sunday, November 13, 2011

Henry Lee-Thomas: More Information

About the time I think it's time to move on to another family, I learn a bit more to share about the current people.  I had a response from my previous post telling me that the Australian War Memorial might be interested in the photos that Henry Lee-Thomas sent home from WW1.  I've been to that Web Site just now and they do have records of Henry and I went on to find a picture of the cemetery in Belgium where he is buried and some more war records.  The two web sites are:  Simply search on his name. (war memorial) (grave information)
I have sent an e-mail to the Australian War Memorial to see if they would like copies of the photo albums.  Amazing where this Family History journey takes you.

P.S.  One of my daughters asked me when I was going to post more of the tape recorded history of Maurice Lee-Thomas.  That which I have posted is all there is to that recording.  Sad, isn't it?  So now let's all get busy on keeping a journal or some record of our lives.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Henry Lee-Thomas: World War 1 Photos

Henry Lee-Thomas sent home two small photo albums and a post card from World War 1.  These have  fallen in to my hands and are in unusually good shape considering their age.    These are the original albums which were mailed home in 1915 and 1916.  That makes them almost 100 years old.  I have just scanned them today and want to share with everyone.  The first album was sent to Myrtle Moore  (Myrtle Thredgold) who was Henry's sister-in-law and Ruby Thredgold's sister.  The second album was to a "Miss Pickering."  I have no idea who this person was.  The last two photos are of a post card which Henry sent to his wife and baby.  (Ruby and Maurice).  The post card caption says, "The Strafer Strafed."  I looked up "Strafer" on "google" and found the following definition:

Verb:  To attack (ground troops for example) with gun or cannon from a low flying aircraft.
Noun:  An atttack of machine gun or cannon fire from low flying aircraft.
Common World War 1 slogan. 

This will make sense when you see the last photo.  Here is the link to this group of photos: