Wednesday, August 15, 2012

33 years later … a British sailor returns !

Some of you have asked if my family kept up with any of the British sailors that we entertained during WWII and the answer is a resounding “YES”.

As a matter of fact the actual idea for a huge celebration of my mother’s 80th birthday was sparked by a letter from one of the boys, Bert Entwistle. He wrote that he and his wife Dora would love to use that as an excuse to come visit.

Some of you may recall that I posted back in October of 2010 about Bert. He was the father of John Entwistle of the “Who”. He was still married to John’s mother Queenie when we first met him and John was just an infant. After the war the marriage fell apart but Bert remained close to John.

Having Bert and Dora, his 2nd wife of many years, at the celebration was such a treat for us all. He was the only British sailor to actually come back to the U.S. but we had cards from at least 10 others.

The year was 1976, the month June, and we rented a lovely compound called “Chatham Crest” on Cape Cod for two days and a night of festivities. As I look back I think it was the only time that our large family was ever together at one time. There were 29 of us in all, which included our honorary family members, Bert and Dora from England.

It was an event to Mother’s 80th birthday. I can’t believe that, as I write this, I am just six months away from that same age !!


Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

History does have a way of repeating itself and so does age, Ginnie. Another wonder tale from your past that you have shared with us.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

A lovely story Ginnie. I love that you were able to keep in touch with some of those soldiers. What an awesome family! Love Di ♥

5:53 PM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins, said...

How wonderful that you and/or your mother kept in touch with those boys all these years. My very German-American in-laws hosted German prisoners of war on their farm in Maryland and most of them did not want to return to Germany after the War as they felt quite at home. None of them kept in touch with the family to my knowledge. Dianne

12:22 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

What wonderful stories you tell!!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I'm happy for you that he's coming. I know that you have posted about these boys previously.

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Anonymous Big John said...

The Royal Navy should have given your family a medal Ginnie.
I trust that you will excuse me, but I must remind you that many of us Brits entertained your GI's during WW2. In fact 'D Day' was launched from my aunt's back bedroom. ;-)

7:09 AM  
Blogger joared said...

What a delightful memory!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Ginnie,

Greetings and good wishes.

You have recalled a wonderful memory. Very heart touching. All of you must have had an enchanting evening talking about the old days. Lovely photos you have preserved.

I am ok Ginnie. I have just been a bit lazy.

Wish you all the best,

3:17 AM  
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