October 13th – Lucky for some

October 13th. It was on this day in 1899 that my grandpa and fellow soldiers were ordered off a ship from Calcutta. They didn’t want to disembark – it was Friday 13th and an unlucky day to begin anything new – but there was a war on and the officers were impatient to get started. Two days later grandpa was captured and stayed that way until the siege of Ladysmith.

October 13th. It was on this day in 1899 that my grandpa and fellow soldiers were ordered off a ship from Calcutta. They didn’t want to disembark – it was Friday 13th and an unlucky day to begin anything new – but there was a war on and the officers were impatient to get started. Two days later grandpa was captured and stayed that way until the siege of Ladysmith.

I don’t know who the commanding officer was that day, but if he hadn’t got off the ship my grandpa might have not survived. And I would not be here. So whichever one you are in this photo, sir, I thank you.