Monthly Archives November 2015


(It’s my habit to mark Remembrance Day by posting this fine piece of writing by my father, who was a soldier with the Royal Navy during World War II. An encounter with two small boys in the rubble in bombed-out Bristol changed his life.)

Remembrance: Mustard Gas

My grandfather, Arthur “Geoff” Christie, fought in the First World War, in France, as a member of the cycle-mounted infantry. He was a victim of early chemical warfare, blinded during a mustard gas attack in 1918. He was sent to England where he convalesced at a country estate-turned-hospital and, thankfully, his eyesight returned. My grandfather spoke little of his wartime experiences. As a child I thought it