Two small lives by helenhall

Two small lives

Alfred Roffey
Buried 9 Feb 1905
Aged 10 months


Richard Roffey
Buried 9 March 1905
Aged 3 days.

What sadness in that household for years to come. The most common cause of death in the early 1900's in UK were infections such as tuberculosis and bronchopneumonia.

These tiny crosses, all that remains of the memory of these small boys taken before they had any chances in life.

For the Feburary word, tiny.
oh, i got chills in my back when i saw this. the way you shot this is so poignant, with the other dead in the fringe in shadows and the two tiny crosses facing the sunshine. such sadness for the family. could they have been brothers? timeline was too tight but they could have been. aces on the shot.
February 28th, 2021  
Your images just speaks volumes.
February 28th, 2021  
@summerfield actually - there are three small lives here, but I got so carried away with thinking about the first two, that I forgot about the third - and I didn't get details from the plaque. The two Roffey boys were on the same cross at the back - so almost certainly brothers. So sad, but I guess, not uncommon in those days.
February 28th, 2021  
Stunning composition. I love the way you’ve used the shadows, and the two small crosses leaning toward each other. Very moving.
February 28th, 2021  
Beautiful composed shot Nice how the two crosses are highlighted in the sunlight .
March 1st, 2021  
Oh so sad. My great great great grandparents had 11 children and four died as babies and two died in their early twenties, probably from tuberculosis.
March 1st, 2021  
Very sad, those little crosses for such tiny baby boys...such sadness for the family. Life was very tough.
March 1st, 2021  
Very moving story, sensitively composed image
March 1st, 2021  
What a touching image! So poignant.
March 1st, 2021  
Wow, you really captured the atmosphere with your composition.
March 1st, 2021  
Life has always been fragile. This is a very moving picture.
March 1st, 2021  
Great composition,Helen, and very moving story. At that age I guess the first cause of death in two (or possibly 3) brothers must have been infectious such as diarrhoea, or measles. Alternatively one can think of a genetic disease. We’ll never know. Fav for the light, the comp, the narrative
March 1st, 2021  
well spotted and beautifully photographed, FAV!
March 2nd, 2021  
I certainly wouldn't have expected an image like this for "tiny." You have created a powerful depiction of the word. Once again, your talent and creativity shine; and in this case, the shine sheds a particularly welcome light on the story. Well done!
March 3rd, 2021  
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