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Tagged With: Egypt

Letters from my grandparents

I have written before on the subject of letters from my grandparents and what they meant to me when I received them and what they mean to me now.  I took one out of my writing box – a blue leather case I got for my 13th birthday (how I had longed for it and … Continue reading »

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A first World War romance

In the blog of 27th Oct. 2012 I wrote about my grandmother, Kathleen Harper’s passport photograph, but had been unable to find out any details of her journey to Egypt. Through researching ships’ passenger lists I have discovered that she left the Port of London on 4th August 1916 on the P&O ship Arabia. It … Continue reading »

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A photograph of my grandmother, Kathleen Beatrice Harper, ca. 1914

Here is Beatie, as her family called her, sitting for her passport photograph at the start of a journey that would change her life. She is 21, with a charming smile, dark eyes and dark hair parted in the middle and pinned back behind her ears. She is wearing a long, sombre skirt and jacket … Continue reading »

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The Last of Her Generation

My mother, Peggy Wise, is 92 and the last of her generation in my family. Her great-grandchildren will never know about her remarkable life and how it has been shaped by the two World wars of the twentieth century, unless her stories are written down. Talking to her about her  memories and experiences led me to research into my … Continue reading »

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