Josie and John
John has travelled to Flanders Fields to retrace the steps of James Cunningham, the great-grandfather of his wife. James died on 24 April 1915 in a small wood just north east of Ypres, leaving his wife and three children behind. He has no known grave, but he is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres.
John’s daughter Josie accompanied him on his journey. “It meant so much for me to have my youngest daughter Josie come with me on our adventure, especially as she was covering the Great War at school that term,” John says.
“It's also great to see the younger generation taking an interest and showing respect for what happened in 1914-1918,” he continues.
On his trip to Flanders Fields, John also spend some time walking in the footsteps of his own great-grandfather who survived WWI and won the Military Medal on 31 July 1917.
John’s final quest for closure on James would be to have the three generations of James’ family lay a wreath at the evening ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. “I’m planning to bring my mother-in-law, my wife, my daughter and another of James’ great-granddaughters to Flanders at some point next year to visit James, Ypres and the sights,” John says.
John is very grateful for the help he was getting during his journey. “I cannot thank the good people of Ypres and the local area for the help and advice I received during my research. Every single person I asked, was so pleased to offer help, directions and information,” John explains.
It's great to see the younger generation taking an interest and showing respect for what happened in 1914-1918
Story created on 29 March 2017