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315. The Uncle I Never Met

  • Posted Nov. 11, 2010 by Jon Laysell Viewed 3348 times

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Leonard Frederick Jarvis 1923-45.

Birth and death certificates, photos, extract from newspaper “SEAC News” containing a map showing Imphal and Kohima where he fought.

Extract from a letter home before he died. “as Auntie Jen said in her letter she thinks I have one of the best mothers in the world, I know better than ever I did that I most certainly have got the best”.

Extract from a letter of condolence from Major R.G. Greene, 2nd Battalion: The Royal Norfolk Regiment. “Your son joined my company last July, and at once proved himself a keen reliable young soldier. He was always cheerful, and set an excellent example in soldierly bearing and discipline to other members of the Company. In action he was first-rate and did his duty with courage and exactitude. He was employed as a runner in his platoon because he could be relied upon in all circumstances however difficult they might be”.

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    • # Ricardo

      you know, I wish I had such things.
      I love to get old books from my grandparents and see who were part of my family. people that i never seen in my life and they never imagined i'd exist some day. people that have passed away already but keep alive on those pictures!
      having a letter or something is something magical and nice!
      i'm glad you posted this!

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    • # Sandra Vermeulen

      So wonderful you share the memory of your uncle with us.
      I agree with the lovely Dolphin above, it would be nice to now that at least one person still remember us after this life is done.

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    • # Jacki

      Very nice post. I like to think that all of us will have someone to remember us on occasion long after we're gone.

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    • # Marsha

      You must be so proud of him, Jon....what a lovely way to pay tribute....

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    • # Agnes Felber

      This reminds me of my only uncle on my father's side who also perished in the Second World War, on the Russian Front, and whom I only knew from a couple of faded photographs...

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    • # Larry Nelson

      What a nice tribute to your uncle. Excellent choices of material for the series. Very touching and moving, Jon.

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    • # Sara G

      How sweet..very powerful letter and wonderful praise. Nice..thanks for sharing.

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