This Christmas day I shall spare a thought for those of my ancestors who were spending their last ever festive period together.
One hundred years ago, Christmas 1913, all over the world, families were sitting down to Christmas dinner little suspecting that in millions of cases they would never do so together again. One such family, my family, were the Cooks of Crawley. The impending world wide catastrophe that we now know as the Great War would sweep their happy family life away, along with countless others.
The world would never be the same again.
Starting next year, it is my intention to try and provide a monthly ‘update’ of exactly what was happening in Crawley and the surrounding areas a hundred years ago to mark the centenary of the Great War.