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This shot is of my grandmother Elizabeth’s fresh grave at Mount Royal cemetery in Montreal Canada. She died of TB at age 39 in December of 1925. But this is not the end of the love story.
My grandfather had had an affair with my grandmother when she was 21 and he was 23, when they both lived in Edinburgh. She was sent home to Inverness to have the baby, my uncle Bill, in 1906. My grandfather John moved to Canada to establish himself and avoid scandal. When he returned to Edinburgh in 1908, he met his two-year old son, and re-united with his love, Elizabeth. They got married in 1908, and returned to Montreal together.
He entered WWI at the start of the war and was gassed at Ypres, leaving him sickly for the rest of his life. When he returned, he and my grandmother had two more children, my mother and her brother, Jackie. My grandmother died when my mother was only three years old, after she and my grandfather had been together almost 20 years.
My grandfather remarried (unhappily) on August 12, 1926 to a violent alcoholic named Lena. He died at age 51 on August 13, 1935 after 8 years of marriage to his second wife, when my mother was 12 years old. At his request, his ashes were carried back to Scotland to be interred there.
After my mother died a few years ago, I found my grandfather’s wallet among her things. Tucked inside was the obituary notice of his first wife, my grandmother, and this shot of her grave.
My grandmother and namesake Elizabeth had left her family in Inverness, to find a new life with her love. She is buried alone at Mt Royal in Montreal, thousands of miles away from her family home in Scotland.
My grandfather carried her memories with him until the day he died. He tucked them away for safe-keeping in his wallet that he carried with him through the trenches of WWI, and to his deathbed.
She lies alone and still in the country where she died, far from her family, her ancestors, her children and the love of her life.
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