On Remembrance Day, I remember and honour those members of my family and ancestors who fought to defend us in wars and conflicts. Let us never forget them.

Throughout the British Commonwealth, poppies are a symbol of Remembrance Day

In Niagara-on-the-Lake a team of volunteers from the NOTL Museum hand-made hundreds of poppies to adorn the old Court House on Queen Street, opposite the Cenotaph which honours the war dead. More are to be found hanging from the museum bell tower and in a poppy garden of remembrance outside, where individual poppies commemorate the names and death dates of the town’s soldiers.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them
Laurence Binyon

In memory of my uncle
Brandon Stuart Lush, MD
31 July 1920 – 2 November 2022 (aged 102 years)
, Royal Army Medical Corps
Wounded at the Battle of Monte Cassino
17 January – 18 May 1944

In memory of my uncle
Gordon Desmond Lush, Legion d’honneur
24 February 1923 – 8 January 2019
Flight Lieutenant
, 625 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Bomb aimer & navigator
1944 – 1945

In memory of my mother
DM ‘Lush’ Napier-Andrews (aged 100 years)
13 October 1917 – 2 September 2018
Corporal, The Royal Sussex Regiment
Ambulance driver & dispatch rider, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
1935 – 1942

In memory of my father-in-law
David John Malcolm Scott-Atkinson
1 January 1920 – 25 October 2004
Captain, Royal Artillery
Survivor of the Siege of Tobruk
10 April – 27 November 1941
Prisoner of War
1941 – 1945
, Parachute Regiment
Survivor of the Invasion of the Suez Canal
5 November – 22 December 1956

In memory of my father
Kenneth Launcelot Napier-Andrews
21 March 1916 – 27 June 1996
Acting Captain
, Royal Army Service Corps
Survivor of the Fall of Singapore
15 February 1942
Enslaved by the Japanese on the Burma Railway
1942 – 1945

In memory of my grandfather
Basil Stuart Lush
(aged 100 years)
10 January 1890 – 2 July 1990
Chief Petty Officer
, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
A sailor in the Great War
28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918

In memory of my father-in-law
Stuart ‘Steve’ Watts
16 September 1920 – 28 February 1988
Captain, 148th Infantry Brigade
Survivor of the Allied Raid on Norway
April 1940

In memory of my grandmother
Olive Marcia Napier-Andrews (née Squibb)
10 May 1885 – 19 March 1976
Sergeant, Auxiliary Territorial Service, precursor to the Women’s Royal Army Corps, in World War II
1 September 1939  – 15 August 1945

In memory of my grandfather
Launcelot Leonard Napier-Andrews
1882 – 10 June 1944
Killed by a German bomb in Aldwych, London
A soldier in the Great War

In memory of my cousin
Reginald Napier Andrews
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in the Great War
Burial place unknown

In memory of the ancestor of my children and grandchildren
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock KB
6 October 1769 – 13 October 1812
Killed in action at the Battle of Queenston Heights
defending Upper Canada in the War of 1812

Lest we forget
Rudyard Kipling

Featured image: Hundreds of hand-made poppies adorn the old Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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