Cross stitch like many creative crafts and forms of art not only allows you to create personal gifts for the ones you love but it can also take you on a very personal Journey.
Earlier this year I took part in a project to create a WW1 commemorative quilt to raise money and awareness for Help for Heroes and Injured Soldiers.
The brief for the design was to commemorate a me member of your own family who served in WW1 or lost their life serving their country during the Great War.
I chose to Commemorate my great Uncle, Richard Gibson who served in 12th Battalion Royal Scots in France and was tragically killed in action on 3rd May 1917.
Having always had an interest in history and in particular family history, i made contact with the war graves commission who assisted me in locating Richards grave in Arras Cemetery in France. Further to this initial finding I have also discovered that Richards brother David was killed in action in the same year in German West Africa, an uncle who was killed after being captured by the Japanese in WW2 and is buried in a cemetery north of Hong Kong and a distant cousin who was lost at sea after a u-boat attacked and sank his ship HMS Empire Herron.
we truly take for granted what the men and women of the armed forces sacrifice for our future and our freedom. I urge you all to please take time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to thank those who continue to serve our country .