Saturday, 31 December 2016
During a visit to her son who was in the French Army and in Paris before being sent to the Front, Lise was recruited to help the Allied cause. Her story is amazing as she travelled from the area held by the Germans via Switzerland to Paris, which remained a free city during WW1 and then set up a network to provide vital information to the British.
I mention Lise in "No Woman's Land" but you can find out the whole amazing story in the book 'The Secrets of Rue St. Roch' by Janet Morgan (London: Allen Lane, 2004).
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
On 28th December 1916, Harry's only son John Lauder, who was a Captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed at Pozières. Harry wrote the song "Keep Right on till the end of the Road" in memory of his son. Captain Lauder was buried at Ovillers, France and his father had a memorial placed in his son's memory in Glenbranter, the Lauder family home in Scotland.
Photo: Captain John Lauder