25th November 1916 – 101 years ago today:
“His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the undermentioned Officers, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field;-
Rev Christopher Harold Weller, temp Chaplain to the forces, 4th Class A Chaplain Department
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He afforded the wounded a magnificent example of coolness and courage, and was instrumental in saving many lives. Later although severely wounded, he continued to carry on his fine work.”
I am Christopher Weller’s very proud grandson. I never knew him, as he had died even before my parents met, but my father and his siblings, and my cousins who did meet him, have talked of him often.
Not long before my father died at the very end of 2012, he travelled to Belgium with a group of friends from his local archives group; they were not far from Ypres. While there, Dad was visiting a chapel and suddenly realised that his father had been to that same chapel some 95 years previously. As you might imagine, this made him very emotional (and is making me emotional as I write this post). It was probably the closest he had felt to his father since his death in 1960. I am so pleased that Dad got to make the trip before he became ill.