A Voice from the Past

One of the unsettling things about following one’s family’s history is that you often find some piece of information well beyond your capacity to respond adequately.

I have recently found a touching note on the internet which was probably written following my father’s death in 2011. I was totally unaware of the note or the site from which it originated and only found it by accident.  I am glad I did.

I have endeavoured to find Danial Edward Martin but I am lead to believe the gentleman is now deceased.

The note confirms that my father, William (Bill) Ford, is single at the time and was the school teacher at the one teacher school at Pompapiel .  My father had mentioned to me on a number of occasions his teaching at Pompapiel.  He was there for two years before joining the Army as an officer in 1939.  Pompapiel is part of the grain growing belt of Victoria and some fifty kilometres north of Bendigo.

It is a shame I did not find this note sometime earlier and respond more appropriately to Daniel Martin’s thoughts.    

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