My paternal Grandfather, Harry Reichenberg, served in 1918/19 – interestingly as an alien for the British, because he was born in Poland and only moved to England around 1900, as a babe in arms. He’s in the photo with my poppy, which is still here in London in Blackheath.

My father was 42 when he had me, hence it is possible be 46 and have a grandfather who served in World War 1! Sadly, I never knew my grandfather. Harry moved to Australia in 1928 and died when my Dad was 7, in 1936. It felt fitting to buy a poppy for both Harry and my maternal Grandfather, Eric Dickson, who served in World War 2 in Darwin, Australia.