No-one in the family had ever heard of Joe, or his exploits. There were no papers about him, no stories either, and nobody alive knew that he was once a son, a brother, a tannery-worker, a husband, a father and a soldier.
The talk will show how Jim pieced together the story of Joe and his family, using sources from Alnwick to Ypres, and many other places in-between.
Jim’s talk will also illustrate how he honoured Joe’s memory. How do you remember someone you never knew? Jim will suggest some ways in which we can all commemorate our forgotten ancestors.