Chelsea Pensioners share their WWI family stories

August 1, 2014 2:34 pm Published by
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Jim Anderson and Gordon ‘Sandy’ Sanders

The Garden has been marking the First World War Centenary through a variety of online projects including sharing staff family stories and the Garden’s own stories through archive research.  In addition we are welcoming Chelsea Pensioners into the Garden, to mark the fact that the Garden was opened to soldiers in local military hospitals for ‘rest and recuperation’ from 1916.

Jim Anderson and Gordon ‘Sandy’ Sanders visited the Garden on the 1 August 2014,  neither had been to the Garden before so it was a pleasure to welcome them.  With their scarlet uniforms the Garden provided the perfect backdrop for some photos and they were also kind enough to share their own family’s WWI stories.

Click here for Jim’s story and click here for Sandy’s story.

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Jim and Sandy with Sir Hans Sloane

Thank you so much to Jim and Sandy for sharing their family’s stories from the First World War and for visiting the Garden.  We look forward to welcoming many more Chelsea Pensioners to the Garden over the summer.

Marketing & PR Assistant Lily Middleton with Jim and Sandy

Marketing & PR Assistant Lily Middleton with Jim and Sandy

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