I had left a simple message on a thread that was titled Air Raid on Etaples, on the Great War Forum. Only days later, I received an electronic message containing photographs of my Great Grandfather’s final resting place. Neil, a kind and generous gentleman found, visited and archived this spot in a beautiful cemetery in Etaples, France on Sunday, April 13. I am so grateful for this record as I have no idea if I will ever be able to visit Etaples and I feel, in so many ways, that I know John through the research I have done. I continually feel appreciative of the various people who have supported me in my research over the years; my cousins, libraries, government archives and the administrators of various on-line forums. I received the following correspondence, along with these photographs, on Good Friday morning, April 18.
A Gift Through the Great War Forum
I hope you don’t mind me sending on a few pictures I took last Sunday (13 April) of John’s grave at Etaples and some general views of the entrance as seen from the location of his grave.
Nice to see the pictures.
So who in our family gave you these??????
No one in our family. I wrote to the Great War Forum and someone who was visiting these sites in France, went looking for my Great Grandfather for me and found him. Then he emailed me the photos.