Friday, 2 September 2016
Week 35: Scotty’s Little Soldiers
There are some times when it is so hard to stay on track. I could not begin to tell you how many times I would do a search on a particular person and then find something of interest about a totally different person that turns out not to be related at all.
There are other times that I would find something of “Palin” interest that leads me in a totally different place and I “stumble” upon something else which could then lead to something else and so on and so on.
Then if I am lucky, I might find a missing piece to the puzzle and possibly a lot more than I was searching for.
A couple of years ago I found where a Corporal Mark Anthony Palin was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. I had no link to Mark at that time and bookmarked the site for future reference.
Five years later while looking for someone else and I find another story about Corporal Mark Anthony Palin – but this one shows his father’s name and siblings and wife and child.
Is Mark’s dad in the tree? I then searched for Mark’s father and found him in our tree and then added Mark and his siblings to the tree.
Then I went searching for Mark’s marriage and child as reported in that new article. I then found another story that states that Marks wife was pregnant at the time of Mark’s death and due that year.
Then I went searching to see if I could find anything about the new baby and found a wonderful picture of Mark’s children with the Prime Minister for the lighting of the Christmas tree in 2014.
I continued to search to see if there was anything else about Mark and his family and found a charity organization that helps support the children of fallen soldiers in the UK. What a wonderful idea! The organization is called Scotty’s Little Soldiers. They even had a great facebook page and while searching this organization I also found an where an Anthony Palin was going to do the Marathon des Sables in order to donate to this great Charity. (no connection to Anthony as of yet – trying to keep on track)
War is never nice and you lose even when you win. The biggest losers are the children. I am thrilled to see that Scotty's Little Soldiers is there to help these children and wanted to spread the word.