Yesterday, for about the fourth day in a row, the wind was howling outside around supper time.
I was alone and very tired from moving boxes into the basement all day, boxes containing hard copies of the Nicholson Family letters and all the related materials.
So I put a real-time YouTube video of a busy Paris Street in summer up on the big screen television and sat back in the easy chair (the one with the brown leatherette) with my laptop.
(Modern life! If that's what you can call it. Virtual life. Multi-tasking even when zoning out.)
I visited Ancestry.ca, because I have recently signed up for three months and want to get my money's worth.
(I signed up for one reason, to find the travel date of a certain Militant Suffragette who came to Montreal in 1912, for my book Furies Cross the Mersey but now I am hooked. After porn and recipes, genealogy is the biggest use of the Internet, apparently. ..That's a terrible sentence, I know....Ahh... Is what people use the Net most often for..I dunno.)
That place is a no-brainer for lazy wannabe genealogists because a lot of the work has been done for you already, by other people.
I looked up the Tuckers of Lorne Street in Montreal who figure in the Nicholson Family Letters from WWI. Not Bonne Over Here is my compilation and can be found on Kindle.
One of the Tuckers was named Haroldine and I assumed that was an uncommon name, even back then. (Something out of the Beverly Hillbillies.)
Another user had included that family in their genealogy but posted no pictures of Haroldine, teacher at William Lunn with Flora Nicholson, or Percy or Herbert or Gwendolyn, who Flora Nicholson called "Tuck."
Edith and Flora Nicholson were intimate with the family and that family's sad, sad year (1918) is described in detail in Not Bonne Over Here.
Both Percy and Haroldine died that year, the former in battle and the latter (probably) of the Spanish Flu.
"That family is not the same," writes Edith to her Mom upon a 1919 visit to see the Tucker's.
Herbert was Flora's 'beau' during WWI even though he was 6 years younger than Flo. Or at least he was her boyfriend for War purposes. He wrote her from the Front, and three of the letters remain.
The title of my book, Not Bonne Over Here, comes from one his letters.
So, while I dug deep on Ancestry to learn more about the Tuckers (and I already know a lot) the feed for YouTube kept dipping in and out.
Canadian Troops from WWI from YouTube video.
"Alternately depressed and elated during more than a month past, owing to confusing reports stating one time that his son, Lt. P.G. Tucker had been killed in action and at other times that he was only wounded. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tucker, 36 Lorne Avenue, have finally been reconciled to having their son dead, because of three letters received from his battalion in France..Three telegrams were received by Mr. Tucker, the first saying that Lt. P G Tucker had been killed, the second that he was wounded and the third that he was dead. Since the receipt of the last wire, however, a personal letter from the Minister of Militia congratulated Mr. Tucker on the fact that the reports of his son's death were erroneous..until the letters came from France."
This is a blurb from a 1918 Montreal Gazette article. I have a 1918 letter from Flo to Margaret telling about a visit made to the Tuckers, and how they heard the son was alive, then dead, and how confused they were.
More than that, I have letters from another son, Herbert, also on the front, sent to Flora Nicholson. Apparently, she was the girlfriend.
Here's the key bit from one letter.
I have received more letters from home since I came to this country than I received all the time I was in England. You say you would like to come over here as a nurse but take it from me and stay as far away from this country as you can. It's no bonne over here. If you want to drop me a letter again, which you can do as often as you like, send them to #349412.4th CDAC France.