Tuesday, May 13, 2008


   Answers to few questions asked in comments.

   Yes, that is I in the the pictures of my mother.  I am a fat old man, but I was a skinny teen-ager.  The skin and bones teen I see doesn't seem familiar.  I am also the chubby shy two year old clinging to my mother's hem. My. I was cute. The gentleman with her is my father.  He died accidentally before my first birthday.  The dog is Zig, the family Pekinese. I wonder how he got the name Zig.

   When I was stationed in UK in WWII, our units were based at Wells and Glastonbury in SW England. Only we didn't call it WWII then...just "The war". In Wells I saw the Oldest Cathedral in England and took a trip to Cheddar Caves, where the cheese is aged.  In Glastonbury I saw the Glastonbury Abbey where King Arthur is supposedly buried, and I climbed the Tor behind the town to mount the ancient tower.  In fact we were encamped in the Abbey park at the polo field.  I wonder if it is still there.

   On our troop ship, the Aquitania, formerly a luxury liner, the first queen of the Cunard line, the bunk beds were stacked five high. I chose the top bunk which I shared with my duffle bag stuffed with a gas mask and all the clothing we were issued. I was so close to the overhead (ceiling) that I was able to write on it.  I wrote:

Charles Ferris,

Inducted March '43,

Going overseas March '44,

Expects to be wounded and return to U.S. in March '45. 

  That sounds like a grim self-fulfilling prophesy since it came true, exactly like that, March '45.  But consider, that was the less grim outcome since most of us expected to be killed in combat.  We were going overseas with a high expectation of never returning. That graffiti probably remained on the overhead until the Aquitania was scrapped in 1950.

   Why don't I publish my essays about life in the old folks' home?  Well, I do...right here on AOL in my journal. Dribble.  They are all avaiable.  You have only to click on the Archives link and it will take you back to any issue, starting in 2003.  Happy reading.

   Any more questions?


valphish said...

Wow.  Interesting.  I loved your pictures.  I bet people in WWI never called it that either, not expecting WWII to come about.  That must have been just "the war", too.  LOL  Very, very interesting.  You have rich history.  Love, Val ox

kirkbyj05 said...

Although I live in England I haven't visited Glastonbury or the Chedddar Gorge yet.  I hope to do, with any luck, later on this year as we tour about on holiday. Our itenary remains to be made but I will make a mental note incase we go in that direction.   Last year it was Scotland.   We live in the English Lakes which are in the North West of England.
Your mother I see was a beautiful woman.  YOu were a bonny babe too. I wonder too if anyone ever saw your name on the ceiling of the ship as it was being dismantled.  We will never know.
Stay well...and pain free.  Nice to see you are mobile.  
Jeanie xx


garnett109 said...

By ship , how long did it take to get over there?

madcobug said...

Very interesting entry Chuck. You were a cute little boy. I agree that you were a skinny teenager LOL. I hope you are still pain free. Have a nice afternoon. Helen

peytonswater said...

yes I have a question, it may be personal and none of my business however I know that I"m not the only won that is wondering. How did your father die and did your mom ever remarry?
I have the shingles, I thought of you today in the dr. office strange right?? I said to the dr.....isn't this and old person thing?????????????? HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA Made you laugh didn't I??

jeadie05 said...

Iam dissapointed you werent stationed near where I grew up lol ,I know the area of which you speak ,a lovely part of our Island ,....love Jan xx