The intentions to document this information are long standing in that they go back some two decades to the early/mid 1990’s, just a few years before the subject of this site, James Kitchener Heath passed away.
As is the case in so many families in which a generation experienced war and all its traumas, certain aspects of service are known, but all too often the details are sketchy and disjointed. Add into this mix the passage of time and the result is invariably a collection of stories and fragments of memories accompanied by a handful of fragile and faded documents (if you are lucky) that represent the sum of information relating to the most extraordinary period in a soldier’s life. This was certainly the case in our family..... and it’s not much to go on.
In February 1995, my Father and I struggled to put together a potted service history to be read by the cleric presiding over my Grandfather’s funeral. At this point I decided to take steps to fill in some of the gaps as best I could.... sadly now without the benefit of first hand testimony.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Notes On Sources
At this point I would like to extent special thanks to Robert Morss of Sanford, Maine for his encouraging words after I contacted him in connection with his excellent site dedicated to the history of the 59th (Staffordshire) Division in Normandy, the Division in which Jim spent the majority of the war.
As well as being linked elsewhere from this site, the 59th (Staffordshire) Division in WWII can be accessed from here. Discovery of this site really kick-started this project.