Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree November 2019 > My post-war pilgrimage

My post-war pilgrimage

After an inpromptu visit to Kensal Green Cemetery, Ray Westlake uncovered a childhood cousin he never knew he had and made a post-war pilgrimage to remember her young life
Kensal Green Cemetery main gate, the office window just visible
In this detail from the Pinkwell School’s records we see the last date of Ray’s cousin’s attendance, the date of her death, and her reasons for leaving: ‘Killed in an Air Raid’

Although on my mother’s side (the Child family side) there were no less than six male members around in 1939-1945, their ages and reserved occupations would keep all but one of them from military service during the Second World War. One put out fires with the Auxiliary Fire Service, another saw that lights were put out with the Air Raid Precautions organisation, while a third was kept busy making bits for the clockwork that set off torpedoes. ‘But one of your uncles’, my mother mentioned, only once in my lifetime, ‘was killed. Ernest was his name and he lived here, you know.’ The ‘here’ in this case was number 4 Bravington Road, a tenement building in London Paddington, the top floor of which was taken over from my uncle by my parents as tenants when they got married in August 1939.

‘Was he a soldier?’ I asked, being a schoolboy not yet in long trousers and desperate for tales of the battlefield, ‘and did he kill lots of Germans?’ But the reply was not what I wanted to hear: ‘No, dear; he worked for the Great Western Railway and was killed during an air raid, but he was a lovely man and a wonderful brother.’

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Family Tree - Family Tree November 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - Family Tree November 2019
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 3.08 per issue
Or 3999 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 3.84 per issue
Or 2499 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4.14 per issue
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Family Tree

This autumn take yourself on a genealogy journey… With 6 inspiring projects to get you out and about, we’ll help you plan your family history visits and arrange a road trip to transform your research. Take the time to make that pilgrimage to your ancestors’ graves, and you may be rewarded with new-found family history clues too… Curl up with Family Tree – take a trip down memory lane with our reader stories, and tune into our brand new audio history memories series. Essential, inspiration family history for you to revel in and grow your family history know-how. Enjoy!

Other Articles in this Issue