Joe’s War

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  1. Peregrine

    Peregrine Well-Known Member

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    Today my late mother’s 89 year old first cousin, Leon visited us, the big lad picked him up from our railway station as he had travelled from Geelong to Yarragon by train. He brought with him multiple copies of a book of family and war stories written in 1956 by my grandfather, Joe Pederick for his grandchildren. The original was handwritten by Joe and typed in quadruplicate by my mother so there were four copies: one for Joe and one for the families of his three children.

    At some stage Leon was given a photocopy by my mother and on re-reading it around Anzac Day last year he decided it should be published. He contacted me soon after and with a good deal of effort by Leon, his friend Phil and myself the result is a published book called Joe’s War. So exciting to hold a copy of the published book!
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Oh wow! That is fantastic! :D
     
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  3. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    How wonderful.
     
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  4. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Very exciting for you and your family.
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    How wonderfully exciting.
     
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    How exciting
     
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  7. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Wonderful. Your grandfather would be so proud.
     
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  8. GrannyBarb

    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    Happy hugs for Cousin Leon, you, and Phil! Congrats!
    8(:-)(+)(^^)(+){-(^^)-}(+)(^^)(+)8(:-)
     
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    That is great! What a lovely family treasure to share with everyone.
     
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  10. Londoner

    Londoner Will always roll up her sleeves and dig around

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    We have a similar publication. My son (as part of his degree) put together his grandfather's diary and photos of his experiences in India in 1942 . A wonderful way to preserve the story.
     
  11. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I so wish my grandad's diaries from Ypres hadn't been 'lost'.

    Theirs are stories, Peregrine and Londoner, that should be told.
     
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  12. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    How unusual also for anyone to tell of their war experiences. It must have also been to some extent therapeutic for them to get it out there. So good for you & the families. ;)
     
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  13. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    That is just wonderful. :) I know the feeling, although not to same extent. Well done.
     
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  14. Philippa

    Philippa Always a lady.

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    I have always been amazed how authors writing about the wars resort to fiction when there are so many incredible true stories waiting to be told. Fantastic to hear of another couple of "trues" hitting the shelves. Well done.
     
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    Wow, how wonderful :)
     
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