One of my biggest goals in researching my family history is to eventually see some of my hard work in print. This way I can hopefully help preserve some of my heritage and just as importantly share this information with other family members.
Recently I have been working on a first draft of a biography/book regarding the life of my Great Grand Uncle who was a private in the 1st/6th Durham Light Infantry, he died during the second Battle of Ypres on the 26th April 1915.
his life has always interested me, and so does the historical events surrounding World War One. I am certainly not an expert on the subject, but the topic interests me enough to want to make his life my first goal in publishing my family history.
for this reason I haven’t been very committed to my blog because all my recent spare time has been devoted to this book.
Progress has been a little slow though, mainly due to parenting a toddler who keeps me very, very busy. (sitting down for five minutes is a luxury). For those of you who don’t know, I am legal guardian of my niece who has lived with my partner and I since she was 5 weeks old (long story). We don’t have any children of our own and our lives are very committed to her. She is very beautiful and such a character.
I work part time now, my partner full time and I stay at home to take care of the home duties. Usually I get a few hours in the evening to sit down, research and work.
until now and my publication day, I will use my blog as a way of showcasing how things are developing. It’s going to be a short biography with lots of facts and records surrounding both his life and some of the important people in his family. Plus just as importantly the life of his regiment, his comrades and the events leading up to the day he died.
I will leave no stone unturned, I am approaching this subject carefully and hopefully in doing so bring his story to life.