Christmas card from Ethel

Blogger luigi pellizzari said...

Congratulations for the great job. I live in Montebelluna and my grandmother (born in 1896)used to tell me about the British soldiers posted here during the great war. They used to exchange their abundant chocolate and marmalade (very rare in wartime Italy) for fresh milk and "polenta". The British troops also played the very first football match in this town as witnessed by my grandmother and described by Lamin.
A few years ago the local parish published the diary of the Montebelluna priest during the world war 1 years who gives a vivid account of the arrival of the British troops here.
I recommend the following book to learn more about the British troops in Italy: "The British Army in Italy 1917-1918" by John Wilks & Eileen Wilks - Pen & Sword Books Ltd. -Barnley. I really look forward to reading more of Lamin's diary.
Luigi Pellizzari
Montebelluna - Italy

Anonymous BobB said...

Very nice silk card.
Obviously I recognize the Union Jack on the right, but what's the flag on the left, I wonder, the British Red Cross, maybe?

It's the Cross of St George. The flag of England rather than the whole U.K. BL
Blogger Will said...


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Blogger michelle hays said...

I wish I could see it in person. This blog is so amazing. Kudos!

9:19 PM

Blogger Tea N. Crumpet said...

Is that a picture of sewing on that card or is it real embroidery?

5:14 AM

Blogger LT said...

Just catching up with your Harry as I am catching up with my own grandfather's blog/story .... great stuff keep up the good work :-)

4:11 PM

Blogger Snoopy said...


I am now seriously worried for Harry.

12:12 PM

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful greeting with real embroidery.

5:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog,history seems to come alive.Beautiful greeting card.

5:46 AM

Blogger Lakshmi said...

Thanks for starting this blog.History is coming alive.
The greeting card alive.
I am glad the greeting card is the only surviving correspondance with Ethel.Now there is scope for imagination.

5:51 AM

Blogger Wordsmith said...

Just the handwriting is wonderful. That's typical of my grandmother's handwriting.

7:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome idea for a blog. I mentioned your blog in my blog ( I hope more people honor their ancestors in such a wonderful way like you are doing. Keep up the great work!!!

8:56 PM

Blogger Reb said...

It's sad that we can't read any letters Harry wrote to Ethel. It would have been so interesting to glimpse inside their marriage and see how he related the news differently to his spouse than siblings.

12:26 AM

Anonymous Marcie said...

I can remember seeing a post card similar to the one Harry sent to his wife. My mother had the post card which was sent by her father when he was over seas during WWI. Reading Harry's story makes me wonder about my grandfather and the hardships he endured during his time. I did not have a chance to meet him, he passed away before I was born, but he did survive the war.

1 comment:

canela said...


I am following your blog from Cataluña, Spain.
My great grandfather was a German soldier at WWI. Your blog is a tribute to all that anonymous young people that had to suffer the calamities of a war.
Unfortunately, after surviving WWI, my grat grandfather found the death on WW2.

Thank you very much for your work.

Josep Canela