In honour of the VE day celebrations today (75 year anniversary!) I wanted to write about someone who served in WWII. All of my grandparents were too young, and my great grandfathers fought in WWI. Then I remembered that as this record is primarily for my children, Ben’s grandfather George William Richard Hopkins was in the Navy during WWII.
Someone had photographed Charlie’s memorial and uploaded to Find a Grave, which is the app I’m using to index all the graves in the local churchyard. The memorial was in Tyne Cot and I thought how strange that was, I hadn’t heard of the place before and I’m pretty sure that the Newick family never left their Sussex villages. Tyne Cot memorial is in Belgium. The year 1907 which can only mean one thing. Charlie died in WWI.