#SoCS & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt, Jan. 13th, 2018


Today our post is to be based on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word of the document closest to you.


Cook, emigrated, Australia


The document I have been looking at of late is an email from a distant cousin about my mother’s father, Robert Cook. He has shed more light on my grandfather and his family than I knew before. He’s also cleared up a few mysteries.

My grandfather emigrated to Australia in 1900 with his father and three brothers. They settled in a small country town and worked as sawyers. I always wondered why they went to the particular country town they did. Turns out my grandfather’s uncle and family lived there, and so they went to be with family.

Of the four boys, three went to World War One, one was killed in France, one was so badly injured he never felt he could marry and one who survived, sort of intact was my grandfather. He was gassed a number of times, but in keeping with the times he was nursed back to health and sent back to the front. He died in 1950, a relatively young man by today’s standards. But his survival also meant I got to be born and grow up in the house he once lived in.


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11 Responses to #SoCS & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt, Jan. 13th, 2018

  1. Great story Michael. My grandfather was similarly gassed in WWI. He only survived to 1934 and was 50 years old.

  2. LindaGHill says:

    Very cool, Michael. 😀 I wish I knew more about my grandparents. 🙂

  3. Eden says:

    It’s interesting how many different stories can come from one family’s experiences… then add that to all the families out there. Simple, but clear threads emerge, weaving a tapestry of the war and how those that survived it gave this world to us. I used to hang on any word my grandfather would tell about his experiences in World War II, not that he was willing to talk about it much. Like your father, his had been one of three sons to enter World War I…

    Thank you for sharing

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Eden for your comment, my dad lie so many others rarely spoke about their war experiences, in fact as he aged he did tell me a few things but he revealed more to my grandson than to me.

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