Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honour Blocks for August

Stand on your heads folks but here are the August blocks for the Honour quilt.The orange one (TL)Francis Patrick Anderson was 23 yrs 8 months old when he was killed by a direct hit from a shell.He was buried in the field.
 (TR) James Joseph Freyne, was reported as missing in action on 3rd May 1917 and was officially deemed to have died on 3rd May 1917 aged 21 yrs. I love this one I am just a purple gal!
( BL) Joseph Crawley Maree has written that she likes to think he was a bit of a lad as he was charged with being drunk on active service and breaking away from his escort.In Dec 1918 he went AWOL while on leave in UK, a court of enquiry declared he was missing in Jan 1919. He obviously reappeared as he was admitted to hospital with influenza which caused his death on 12th Feb 1919.  a bit wishy washy this block but.... 
(BR )Frank Chalmers was killed in action when he was 31 yrs old.

This is a bit brighter in the flesh but the flying geese can just be seen.This is George Weir . he enlisted and then deserted two weeks later. Can see his reasoning but he was found and embarked on the Nestor on 2nd Oct 1916.He was killed in Belgium in 1917.
The more I hear of these brave young men the more I loathe war. It is just a senseless waste of young lives and although they are long dead my heart goes out to the mother's, father's, wives and other relatives that lost these young men. Unfortunately we have other "wars" that cause the loss of young lives nowadays and that breaks my heart. 

My prayers are with my sister-in-law (and niece) as they hope for a good outcome from an accident that has put her son-in-law (and husband) in ICU. If you are that way inclined please add your prayers to mine for Reece.


  1. Oh my. I hope all works out for them. It's so hard. Lots of feelings and well wishes go your way

  2. lovely blocks Liz, they are sad stories.
    Thoughts go out to join your prayers.

  3. Great blocks...I hope your niece's husband is on the mend and out of ICU...

  4. Hello all, lovely work and a very worth project. I'm a relative of James 'Jim' Freyne and have been researching his story a little more. He was a Lewis Gunner in C.Company of the 21st Battalion and his mates noted that he was hit by a High Explosive shell near the 2nd objective lines on the 3rd of May and buried in a shell hole by them (they didnt have time to note the location).. tbis area is a little to the north of the Bullecourt-Renecourt road and wr will be visiting in the next few years to walk the ground and investigate more... warm regards
    Ed Wilson
    Manchester UK