Grandfather Thomas Alfred Sewell, Mothers Dad, had been engaged in the war in Mesopotamia:
He was injured and invalided out. Joining the Imperial War Graves Commission with the vaunted title of Head Gardener he was in charge of creating many of the cemeteries around war torn Ieper, Belgium.
|the Sewell abode|
Some how Gran (Elizabeth) ended up in the mud and destruction that was Iepres of the time, probably as a nursing auxilliary, met Thomas and married, settling in Poperinghe.
|Gran and sister Rose|
|Gran in Belguim|
|Grans Sister Rose, Gran and Grandad in Belgium|
Along came mam (Rhona Margaret) and brother (Alfred Kew)
|Rhona Alfred + Grandma|
|Alfred with Titch the dog|
Thomas Alfred died in service and is buried in the military cemetery, behind the Menin Gate, in Iepres
Gran and the family returned to Carlisle and opened a guest house in Howe Street.
|Alec & Theo Prince @ Howe Street|
|Gran Alfred & Rhona @ Howe Street|
|Alfred @ Howe Street|
|Gran and Mam @ Rocliffe|
|Gran - Elizabeth (Sissy) Sewell|
Gran began as cook at a country house in Rocliffe and ended her working life as head cook at the Cumberland Infirmary.
During the Second World War mother was an ambulance driver, a job she loved but, unfortunately, after the war women were no longer allowed to drive ambulances.
|Womens Ambulance Corp|
|Mam with her ambulance|
Mam then married our Dad
and along we came -
|Mam Jean & I @ cousin Joan's wedding|
|Jean and I with Gran @ Blackpool|
A few more images of the time:
|Thomas Alfred, Alfred & Rhona|
|Alfred Hector Rhona & Gran|
|Hector, 2 cousins + Rhona|
|Family gathering in Edinburgh|
|Gran & Grandpa Jamieson in Belgium|
|Gran & Grandpa Jamieson|
Rhona Alfred and Gran Sewell
|Jean and me @ the wedding of Joan & Ray|