I WILL be visiting the First World War battlefields for the third time next month and I know I will find this trip very emotional. But at the same time I always return with much pride.
Numbers quoted do mot mean a thing really until you see the headstones in the beautifully kept grave sites.
I was very lucky that my grandfather James Bisseker came home and also his brothers William and Thomas. They were not in the same regiments so maybe that helped.
My husband has also found family in his records, but unfortunately they were not so lucky. Two brothers were lost and the last time we did the battlefield tour, we found the grave of one and were able to leave a cross in remembrance. It was amazing to think we were probably the only family, however distant, who had been able to visit his grave. His brother sadly was never found but his name is on the Thiepval Memorial.
I would recommend anyone interested to go and see these sites, it's unforgettable. Each time I go I feel it is my way of saying thank you.
Mrs Jean Hill,
87 Hamstead Road,
Great Barr, Birmingham.