|John in 1914|
John (Jack) Stuart Skinner fought at Gallipoli in 1914, was invalided back to England, before eventually being repatriated to New Zealand and discharged as permanently unfit for further service.
|John in 1918|
|nominal roll 1917 embarkation date: 26 July|
|John in July 1982. He died on December 17, 1983|
I was several times at their home, a beautiful one, and was also a guest at a welcome home dinner to the only son, a Captain in the Belgian Army, who arrived with the Allied troops when they entered Brussels. All I had in the way of clothes was the khaki uniform with my P.O.W. number in large letters back and front, a shirt with no tail or sleeves, and a pair of boots much the worse for wear. On the table was all the expensive cutlery dug up from the garden where it had been hidden, plus a solid gold embossed finger bowl for everyone. In the course of conversation with the family, I mentioned that many people living in towns in New Zealand had places in the country that they went to in the summer and at holiday time. (I had a mental picture at the time of the unpretentious wooden places at Waitati, Warrington and Karitane). Jacqueline said that they had one too, and produced a photo of it. A beautiful castle of possibly twenty rooms or more surrounded by gardens and woods!!
|address Fernande Hartjens in Brussels|
|John with his platoon section|
|those houses has been transformed in a hotel.|
|letterhead hotel des Princes from Fernande Hartjens 19/08/1919|
|another view on the hotel|
|letterhead Hubert Stoefs 23/01/1919|
|letterhead Hubert Stoefs 24/12/20|
|extract of the letter from Jacqueline Vanden Eeckhoudt, rue de l'abbaye 49 Brussel|
|Letterhead used by R. Milisse and Leonard ... from Brussels but with connections in Blaton|
|Paul Van Keer was a Belgian Soldier who wrote to him. I think he was related to one of the other families|