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August 8, 2008
Both my grandfathers were named Ernest, and they both fought in WWI. My paternal grandfather was gassed, and I believe he suffered a nervous breakdown, though they called it shellshock then. He recovered and went to work at Lloyds Bank in the City, where he met my grandmother.

My maternal grandfather carried his fatherís Bible onto the battlefield, and it saved his life, the bullet hitting his book instead of his heart. Later he was in the infirmary when the rest of his unit, including boyhood friends, was destroyed. He recovered and became the principal of his daughterís high school.