The War Memorial, Canberra – cold but full of stories…

Recently we went to Canberra and enjoyed a emotive journey through The War Memorial.

Canberra from War MemorialThe friends we went with had a story to resolve, Jenny said her Grandfather should be on the memorial wall but she didn’t know where. We passed a man sitting on a stool in front of a computer terminal, he was elderly, at first we thought he was just sitting down resting, but the computers had a sign saying search your family history.

So there it began, Jenny said she wondered if she could find her Grandfather. War Memorial CanberraThe elderly gentleman said ‘Can you drive this machine?’ Jenny said yes. He asked, ‘How old would your Grandfather be now?’ She made an estimated guess, about 100. He sat her down and said go to this part, click on that. Then put in his name (that’s all she knew). Go to this bit and click on that. We found his full name and battalion and his number. From then it went on. We’d found her Grandfather and walked away with 15 or so printed up sheets about him, his time in the war, that he returned home and even where he lived and matched up his occupation.

Jenny was thrilled, and so was I. She couldn’t wait to get on the phone to tell her brother.

About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I also contributed to 'Spooktacular Stories' a Share Your Story anthology launched in October 2019, and have another story accepted in the 2020 ‘Tell em your dreaming’ anthology to be released late 2020. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon and mum in law to Cassie. I lead a busy life.
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