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This page is a fixture, though the contents may vary (and settle during transport).

Terry and Sonia in Argentina, October 2014. Thanks to Clare for the photo.

Terry and Sonia in Argentina, October 2014. Thanks to Clare for the photo.

That’s just to scare you off – probably the most recent photo of Sonia and I. The rest of these are quite mixed: assorted pics of forebears and our children when young.

Wedding photos are always fascinating, particularly when comparisons can be made across generations.

My parents, Pat and Lily, having wed, 28th February 1939

My parents, Pat and Lily, having wed, 28th February 1939

Us, having wed, 27th December 1975. L to R: Sheila & Maureen (my sisters), Mum, T&S, Sue, Molly, Peter, Pam (Sonia's parents and sisters).

Us, having wed, 27th December 1975. L to R: Sheila & Maureen (my sisters), Mum, T&S, Sue, Molly, Peter, Pam (Sonia’s parents and sisters).

I am not sure which clothing styles look more dated now. Sonia made her rather fetching brown wedding dress. My parents eloped, apparently, hence the under-populated wedding photo.

And family parties are always good for a chuckle. The one below dates from, I think, 1953. It is a huddle of sisters- and brothers-in-law with their respective children (but not me for another year). The older woman, seated, is Lily’s mother, Lily Tilman, and the older man standing is her Uncle John Denman, an incorrigible rogue.

O'Connors, Denmans and Chapmans, Christmas 1953. L to R: (standing) Gerald, Doris, Pat, Uncle John, (seated) Deanna, Lilyn (Mum), Sheila, Maureen, Lily (Nana), Carol, Pat. Only Ted Denman is missing, presumably taking the photo.

O’Connors, Denmans and Chapmans, Christmas 1953. L to R: (standing) Gerald and Doris Chapman, Pat Denman, Uncle John Denman, (seated) Deanna Chapman, Lily (Mum), Sheila and Maureen O’Connor, Lily (Nana) Denman, Carol Denman, Pat O’Connor. Only Ted Denman is missing, presumably taking the photo.

Little photographic record survives of my father’s war service, and he was very reluctant to speak of it. For the benefit of posterity, therefore, here are two images: one of Pat on stretcher party duty in London during the Blitz, and a nice cartoon done of him later in the war. He has three stripes. According to my mother, Pat finished with the rank of Warrant Officer 1.

My father crocheting during the Blitz, from a photo published in a local newspaper.

My father crocheting during the Blitz, from a photo published in a local newspaper.

A cartoon of my father drawn by a fellow soldier late in the war. His knitting of a sock is typical.

A cartoon of my father drawn by a fellow soldier late in the war. His knitting of a sock is typical.

That’s it for now. I will find some embarrassing ones of the children to add later!

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