I'm finding out so much by reading what other Sepians post, the history of people living in England, Canada, Australia and the US. Sort of on topic, though often not at all...they are (mostly) all enjoyable to read. It's an education of "items in a bottle" that, when opened, are bubbly and colorful for sure.
This week's theme is related to World War I. It asks for us to think that "2014 is, of course, the centenary of the start of that conflict known as The Great War or the First World War...and a chance to remember loss in any of its manifestations."
I spend many
The World War I records I have are the draft cards. I don't believe any men of the age to go to war in my family did fight in that conflict.
Grandfather Web registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. (My mother was 3 months old at the time)
|Albert "Bud" Webb|
He turns out to have been "tall, medium build," with "blue eyes," and "slightly bald," and hair of "light color." He also gave his birthday incorrectly, having been born in 1891, rather than 1892. I wouldn't have known that he was tall from any of the few photos we have of him. And he doesn't give any "next of kin" information besides wife and child. I think Edna (who filled out the form) may not have pushed for more information. She couldn't spell where he was born anyway. (More info about him on my blog HERE)
Interestingly enough, on the same date, my soon to be step-grandfather (Frederick A. Munhall) also registered for the draft, in Chicago. (Albert Webb died in 1919, and my grandmother remarried around 1921). Both of these men stated they were born in 1892 (according to these draft cards), making them 25 at the time they registered. Both were tall with blue eyes, and salesmen. That tells me something about my grandmother's choices of companions. (More on Fred Munhall HERE)
My 41 year old grandfather George Rogers registered on Sept 12, 1918 for the Draft for WW I. This was the first indication I found in my research that his mother was still alive in Galveston, since he gave her as next of kin. His wife and children in Fort Worth somehow didn't qualify. (His life is commemorated in my blog HERE)
|George Rogers Sr. in 1942, Dallas, TX|
As far as records and family photos indicate, not a one of these men served in WW I.
My Uncle Alex did serve in the Navy in WW II, and I've given a brief review of his life HERE on a previous blog. He didn't live to raise his lovely daughters.
|Alex Rogers with Dona V, and children Claudette and Sandra|