Emily does get to meet all four of her grandparents, as did I when I was a child. The Old Bat was less lucky as all her grandparents died before she was born.
|He also served on HMS Hearty, a torpedo boat destroyer|
Although Grandad didn't die until I was approaching 10 years old, my memories of him are very vague. Seeing photographs remind me that he was quite short and well-built - stocky verging on stout. My brother swears that he never left the house without wearing a brown trilby.I do have other vague memories, although I still can't picture Grandad in them. He once took me on a trip from Sun Pier, Chatham, down the River Medway and across the Thames estuary to Southend and back. We travelled on an old paddle steamer, the Medway Queen, which had seen service at Dunkirk. Grandad also took my brother and I to the cattle market in Chatham on a number of occasions. Although Grandad himself doesn't feature in those memories, I could still find my way to the pig stalls - if the market was still there! How those pigs squealed when their ears were clipped.
My brother and I always bought Grandad the same present for Christmas: a bag of walnuts.
I do wish I had known him better.
It's not only the humans who enjoy the view from the southern rampart of the Roman Camp.