A Personal Treasure by digitalrn

A Personal Treasure

This item was given to me by my Grandfather. He fought in World War One, and when he gave this to me he told me it was his Air Raid Whistle, and his whistle to alert others of enemy forces. My Grandfather was a machine gunner, and he told me he used it quite often. He lost most of his hearing during that war after a mortar shell exploded close by where he was set up. The whistle, dated 1918 was produced by J. Hudson & Co. in Birmingham, and not Birmingham, Alabama, but Birmingham in the United Kingdom. World War One began on June 28, 1914 and lasted till November 11, 1918, which later became known as Armistice Day.
Wonderful shot and what a wonderful treasure! I can understand why it means so much to you.
January 17th, 2012  
Birmingham was very good at this sort of thing - great shot and i find family history really interesting
January 17th, 2012  
this is a wonderful shot :-] and family history! Love!
January 17th, 2012  
What a beautiful item . . and memorable treasure. Love the worn patina that shows it's been held by many hands.
January 17th, 2012  
Great family heirloom.
January 17th, 2012  
wow...so rich with history...truly valuable
January 17th, 2012  
This is beautiful! Wow!
January 17th, 2012  
Wonderful treasure with so much history
January 17th, 2012  
Great heirloom!
January 17th, 2012  
Your antique collection must be amazing. I love the stories. Great shot.
January 17th, 2012  
What a cool antique to cherish!
January 17th, 2012  
What a great story, I love the history. Thanks for sharing.
January 17th, 2012  
What a cool piece
January 17th, 2012  
Wow! Now that is a piece of history and a very special keepsake! So interesting!
January 17th, 2012  
What a cool piece of memorabilia that you received from your grandfather. I don't think we have any idea of the trials of war during that era. Not that it's ever pleasant, mind you, but still, it was a different kind of war.
January 17th, 2012  
What a great piece to have! If it could talk, just think of the stories. A wonderful family heirloom, Rick.
January 17th, 2012  
How cool is that, I am sure he thought a lot of you because it was such a keepsake for him
January 17th, 2012  
Definitely a great heirloom and a piece of history.
January 17th, 2012  
Wonderful pic and story, Rick!
January 17th, 2012  
very cool! I love family memories like that.
January 17th, 2012  
Wonderful momento and heirloom!!
January 17th, 2012  
what a treasure!
January 17th, 2012  
Wonderful photo and heirloom! Very, very cool!! :)
January 17th, 2012  
Great piece of history Rick, nice shot to commemorate his memory!
January 17th, 2012  
lovely details and memories
January 17th, 2012  
Lovely thing there and a great collector's item. You captured it perfectly.
January 17th, 2012  
A wonderful keepsake, indeed!
January 17th, 2012  
Very cool. I like the way you shot it, too.
January 17th, 2012  
What a fabulous treasure to have.
January 17th, 2012  
That is a wonderful treasure Rick & one to hand down !
January 17th, 2012  
Beautiful shot of thes wonderful old whistle. What a great memory of him too.
January 17th, 2012  
wonderful keepsake, Rick.
January 17th, 2012  
Woow, that's a great keepsake indeed Rick
January 17th, 2012  
What a great memento!
January 17th, 2012  
What a beautiful picture and memory :) Really lovely.
January 17th, 2012  
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Great story and a wonderful shot! Hats off to your grandpa!
January 18th, 2012  
Definitely a treasure, you can just sense the history from the whistle. Incidentally, I live just 45 mins from the Birmingham where it was made.
January 18th, 2012  
@sabresun How cool. Some of the ones I saw on Ebay were really going for a good price.
January 18th, 2012  
@digitalrn It seems somewhat ironic that someone who blew a loud whistle ended up losing his hearing through a mortar shell. Life has an odd way about it doesn't it. I might get one of these whistles too.
January 18th, 2012  
What an amazing piece of history!
January 23rd, 2012  
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