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Remembrance: Ernest Arthur TROWER (part four)

11 Nov

Ernest Arthur TROWER (small)This handsome looking young man is my 2x great-uncle Ernest Arthur TROWER. He was the son of Ebenezer and Annie TROWER, who was born in Sayers Common, Sussex in 1895. He was baptised in the parish church at Sayers Common on the 13th October 1895. His life was tragically cut short when he was killed in action in France on the 23rd September 1917, aged 22 years old.

To my knowledge there are three memorials that record the name of Ernest Arthur TROWER and the sacrifice he made. Two of these I have not seen in person and one I have visited and photographed several times.

The first and most obvious is the memorial that I have already mentioned at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ernest is listed among the thousands of men with no known grave. It is my goal to visit Tyne Cot in the next couple of years and pay my respects, maybe even next year.

Secondly there is the war memorial inside Sayers Common parish church. I have not yet seen the memorial, but according to the Roll of Honour website it is a wooden plaque inside the church with the names of six men who died in the First World War and seven who died in the Second World War.

Interestingly of the six men who died in the First World War who are commemorated there, I have connections to at least two of them, and probably a third. As well as Ernest there is also William James GASSON another 2x great uncle, and Albert Edward SEYMOUR would probably have been the brother-in-law of my 2x great aunt Edith Ellen TROWER had he still been alive in 1923 when Edith married.

The third memorial is also in Sayers Common, Ernest is remembered on the gravestone of his sister Mabel Annie TROWER, who is buried in Sayers Common churchyard. I have previously featured this photo as a Tombstone Tuesday post.

The gravestone of Mabel Annie TROWER and Ernest Arthur TROWER

The gravestone of Mabel Annie TROWER and Ernest Arthur TROWER

There is of course a fourth place where he is remembered, and that is in my family history. So long as my research survives the memory of Ernest Arthur TROWER and his sacrifice will also survive. Hopefully now that these four posts are out on the internet the life of Ernest will never be forgotten.

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100th anniversary of the first flight across the English Channel

26 Jul

Yesterday was actually the 100th anniversary of Louis Blériot’s historic flight from Calais to Dover, and it was the coverage of the celebrations in the media that reminded me of two postcards in my collection which show the memorial on the spot where Blériot landed.

On the excellent Times Archive website you can view details (from the 26th July 1909 edition) of the preparation for the flight, a report of the flight given by Louis Blériot himself and details of the heroes’ welcome that Blériot received everywhere he went.

Bleriot Memorial, Dover

The first postcard (above) is a printed example with an illustration of Blériot’s aircraft in the top-left. The second (below) features the same picture, but is a real photographic card. The first one was postally used, with a Belgian stamp, but sadly the date of the postmark is not readable.

Bleriot Memorial, Dover (RP)

These two cards are from my collection of hill figure postcards, mostly white horses, but a few other figures such as giants feature. It was whilst dusting of this album that I got the idea that perhaps I should set up another blog to showcase some of my other postcards, especially my collection of Stonehenge cards, perhaps when I run out of other things to do….

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