Photographic, written and other information from Dad's souvenirs
are presented to give an indication of his experiences in Egypt, Lemnos (the base for Gallipoli) and Palestine, but set against a
background of contemporary events and relevant information.
In offering this segment of
history as a personal story, I have, as the son of the main character,
found it natural to refer to him as "Dad". Since his death,
his souvenirs have been preserved by my sister, Sylvia but during
his lifetime it was she who spoke to him about them and was able
to supplement his original annotations on photographs and to record
some of his memories. So that all this information is not lost,
even if the physical collection of memorabilia does not survive,
Sylvia has helped and
encouraged me to create this method of preserving it and making
it available to others. We
are still left with the problem of what to do with the originals!
The site is divided into sections relating to the places where Dad
was, an Introduction, a collection of written letters and notes and a
large Photo Gallery. This is arranged in themed collections from the
nearly 800 images produced by scanning the original photographs, post
cards and other material. Navigate the site using the section headings
in the banner at the top of each page. Throughout the site there are
many links to other web-sites to provide relevant additional
information about aspects of the story and its background.
There are still many gaps in our knowledge of these four years
in the life of the young man who, just before his
nineteenth birthday, volunteered to serve his country. If you care to
comment about the site, can provide any relevant information or can
point out errors in what I have written, please get in touch with
me, Tom Ashmore at email@example.com.