Welcome to week 24 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks.
This weeks prompt is ‘Handed Down’ and like many Genealogists, I seem to be the family collector and hoarder of all things history related. All these things are obviously cherished and loved and over the years I have received many different possessions that I am so grateful for, which makes this decision particularly hard.
I have decided to pick as my most cherished possession, that has been “Handed Down’ to me, as my Great Uncle John Daniels ‘Button Stick’.
For those of you that don’t know what a ‘Button Stick’ is it’s a strip of metal or wood slotted in such a way, that it will pass over a row of buttons (as on a military tunic), allowing each button to appear through a slit, so that the buttons can be polished, without soiling the Uniform. The Button Stick was also kindly framed by my Cousin and presented to me at a Family Reunion, several years ago. The story surrounding the reunion was captured in an earlier blog which can be found Here
Great Uncle John was a Company Quartermaster Sergeant in the Irish Army, Service Number 208771. The ‘Button Stick’ was passed to me after Great Uncle John sadly passed away on 28th February 2017 and I was both honoured and humbled that his Wife, Great Aunt Josie, wanted me to have her Husband John’s ‘Button Stick’. It truly is priceless both for sentimental reasons and the fact that my Great Aunt was so thoughtful to hand it down to me. I will treasure it.
I have attached some pictures of Great Uncle John and Aunt Josie as well as some of the pictures that were also passed onto me.
(Aunt Josie and Uncle John)
(John Daniels at Collins Barracks)