Nice post!! Thanks for sharing!
I love history wargames but I also try not to forget what these wars had of pain and suffering...
I´m Spanish... so no personal stories around WWI.
In my case, as many others I guess, both grandfathers fought the Civil War... in different sides! one with Republican (he was farmer and trade unionist ina small village near Madrid) and the other one with Nacional side as he was a convinced falangist in a small town in Galicia).
Both survived the War... and both were retaliated (one of them obvoiusly for lose the war... the other one as many other falangists when Franco took absolute power!)
What a bloody but exciting 20th century!
Thanks for your reply.
Actually, on my mother's side of the family we have Spanish connections. Their name was De Caleon and they were in diplomatic service to the Spanish king around 1900, I believe. The story goes that they fled Spain when the anarchists started their campaign of assassinations. First they went to Bavaria, which is a very Catholic part of Germany and then they came to Fulham in London. This was all before 1914. They never went back to Spain.
I think they were quite upper class as a family, I am not sure if it is correct to call them nobility or aristocracy, but there is a link between the De Caleons and the Bonham-Carter's, who were definitely British nobility. Herbert Asquith (known as "Squiffy") was also linked to the Bonham-Carter's (through his daughter Violet) and he was British PM when WW1 started. I remember my mother telling me that the De Caleon's were very unhappy when my grandmother Winifred started dating Leonard, my grandfather. They felt he was not suitable because he was a working class chap, a gasfitter by trade, who fought in the tanks in Europe after D-Day in WW2.
It is quite hard to research all this because a lot of the records were held by the church in Spain. Because it mainly supported Franco in the Spanish Civil War, a lot of the records were lost when Republicans burnt out the churches.
Edit: the actress Helena Bonham-Carter is the great granddaughter of Asquith and has links to the De Caleon family.
"Helena Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London. Her mother, Elena (née Propper de Callejón), is a psychotherapist. Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, was a merchant banker, and served as the alternative UK director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s. He came from a famous British political family, being the son of English Liberal politician Sir Maurice Bonham Carter and renowned politician and orator Violet Bonham Carter, whose father was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, H. H. Asquith (serving 1908–1916). Helena Bonham Carter's maternal grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón, was a Spanish Catholic whose father had been Jewish. Eduardo Propper de Callejón served as a diplomat and former Minister-Counsellor at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C."
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