Lest We Forget

Frank Kemsley was my grandfather. He was born in 1893 and died in 1967, living all of his life in Picton, Ontario, with the exception of World War I when he served abroad, mostly in France.

In October 2010, when cleaning out papers at my mother’s home, I discovered the journals that he wrote during the war: tiny leather-bound books that could be carried in his pocket wherever he went. The daily entries begin on November 16, 1916 when he joined up, and end on May 9, 1919 with his return home. This blog recreates his journal on a daily basis, starting on November 16th, 2010.

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10 Responses to Lest We Forget

  1. pat anderson says:

    I look forward to reading the entries, Sandy.

  2. Christine says:

    So am I, Sandy. This is a very cool idea.

  3. Sherry says:

    Me, too, Sandy. 🙂

  4. Stuart Jones says:

    Really looking forward to this as well.

  5. Carsten Knoch says:

    Brilliant find. Looking forward to it. One observation: your post says you found the journals in October 2011 🙂

  6. Carsten, thanks for the catch. Fixed.

  7. Carol Cairns (nee Kemsley) says:

    What a great memoir! Can’t wait to read them. Would love to get copies.

  8. Carol, since he was your grandfather too, I’m sure he’d have wanted you to have copies 🙂

  9. Great job. Wish I had these from my ancestors.
    We’d assume our descendants will have no trouble our journals by reading the web.

    That’s probably true unless there’s some magnetic disturbance from a sunspot or similar… in which case your grandfather’s records may well out-live ours!


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