Remembrance Sunday and the cousin I will never forget

Remembrance Sunday is always a time of sad reflection. I think back to my father and how he fought in World War 2, and I think of all the young men still losing their lives in recent times. But I also think of my cousin, and although he has nothing to do with war or fighting, he is inextricably linked to Remembrance Sunday.

Ian David Arkell was born just over a year before me, and four years after his sister, Sue. His mother, Nancy Dora Dinnis was my father’s sister, and we all lived in Hove.

My cousin Ian and myself as a baby

My cousin Ian and myself

Ian with his older sister Sue, and me

Ian with his older sister Sue, and me

On Remembrance Sunday 1976 which was the 14th of November, Mum and I returned from church at lunchtime to find Dad crying. Ian had died during the night. He was 19. Of course it devastated us all as a family, and although it was 36 years ago my thoughts often return to him, especially every Remembrance Sunday.

When Dad died in 2001 I was going through his belongings and found in his wallet some yellowed old newspaper cuttings carefully folded and kept.

Ian and the football team

Ian is on the bottom row, farthest right of this group of Cub Scout footballers.

Death notice

Death notice from our local newspaper

We miss him. He was such a gentle soul, a lovely young man, and we will remember him. Rest In Peace Ian xxx

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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2 Responses to Remembrance Sunday and the cousin I will never forget

  1. Oh my gosh, that gave me chills! I’m so sorry, Jackie!

  2. Sue Woodland says:

    A wonderful brother, sadly missed, but never forgotten. Rest in peace Ian.

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