Sunday, 1 July 2012
My Grandfather's Scrapbook
I never got to know three out of my four grandparents, as they sadly all died in the early '80s, around the time I was born. My Granddad on my father's side worked in a timber yard in Walsall throughout his life, as well as being a member of the RAF during the war. However, he always harboured dreams of being a writer, and some of his stories were published in both local and national newspapers. This was quite a feat for someone who left school at 16. As my grandad wrote, 'For kids my age it was a case of out of school and into the factory. It was a pity, for I knew that I could have made a career in writing.'
He kept all the newspaper clippings of his published articles in a scrapbook, which my Dad gave me at the weekend to read through and scan. Its been very interesting reading the articles, and there's even a letter from my grandad's idol Bing Crosby inside, who wrote back to him in 1975 from his house in California. There's also a couple of letters from his Commanding Officer in the war, Douglas Bader.
I'm so glad we have this scrapbook as it gives a glimpse into my grandfather's life that I wouldn't know about otherwise.
His letter from Bing!
My Grandpa at his typewriter