by Anita Mae Draper
If my header looks familiar, it's because it's the same one on my Facebook Author page. Contrary to what it seems though, I haven't switched my Old West historical fiction for WW1 stories. I enjoy writing about the late 1800's too much.
However, on Nov 25, 2016, it will be 100 yrs to the day that Noah C. Draper answered the call and signed up as a volunteer in what would eventually be called The Great War.
|Recruiting Poster, Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve. Courtesy of the George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 19860131-059|
After 2 yrs of posting the 1911 Courtship letters of Noah Draper and Ethel Nelson on my Author Memories blog, the time has come to move on to the next phase of their lives. For those of you who haven't read the letters, they are filled with local news, friends and agriculture details.
The difference between those letters and these ones will be that for the most part, these are from Noah to Ethel only although a few from other family members will be included. Ethel treasured Noah's letters as she received them, and they've lasted these 100 years. Due to ship conditions, however, Noah had problems keeping the letters Ethel sent to him - as you'll find out as he heads out to sea.
The current post shows Noah Draper's WW1 Naval Uniform
in which you'll see what he wore on and off ship, and a graphic like this:
|Feb 1917 - Ordinary Seaman Nelson C. Draper, RNCVR|
You'll also see the problems I had sourcing his uniform.
On December 4, I'll post the first letter as Noah leaves Ethel and the kids behind and starts his tour of duty as a Canadian serving with the British Royal Navy. If you know anyone who is interested in WW1 history, especially the naval branch, please let them know about this series. Comments on the posts are welcome.
For the writers in the bunch, I've used Noah and my genealogy research earlier in an Inkwell post, Using Genealogy for Story Realism
I've also guest blogged at Seekerville
with the informative post, Liven Up Your Writing With Dead People
Can I just say that our own Inky Deb came up with the title for my Seekerville post, and those sweet Seekers loved it. (Although they sound similar, they are not the same posts.)
Do you know someone who served in the Great War? I'd love to honor them by having you share it in the comments section on this post.
Anita Mae Draper's
historical romances are woven under the western skies of the Saskatchewan
prairie where her love of research and genealogy yields fascinating truths that
layer her stories with rich historical details.
Anita's short story, Here We Come
, was a finalist for the Word Guild's 2015 Word Awards. Her
novellas are included in Austen in Austin Volume
, and The American Heiress Brides
. Readers can check out Anita's Pinterest boards for a visual
idea of her stories to enrich their reading experience. Discover more at www.anitamaedraper.com