As Althea has said that the tales of my WW2 mementos could be put here this is the tale of "Nellie the Elephant"
I used to go round the schools to talk to children about WW2 and I always took the elephant below to show them. The children were fascinated hearing the story about "Nellie" and loved to see the man spin round on the top of it.
The elephant below was sent from Burma in 1942 by my eldest brother who was in the RAF. When he had leave he bought this elephant to send her home to my parents plus a lovely embroidered table runner with the Taj Mahal on it all done with beads. Unfortunately "Nellie" the Elephant got caught in a bombing raid that damaged quite a bit of Mount Pleasant Post Office in London. When she finally reached us her trunk was off plus her tusks were missing . My father glued the trunk and God knows what he glued it with because its still stuck to this day. No superglue then but whatever it was it certainly made a good job of "Nellie’s" trunk. She stood for many years balancing the man on top of her trunk on my parents window sill but still minus her tusks.
When it was handed down to me we were not very flush with money and I had saved enough to go and get myself a new blouse and skirt but passing a jewellers window I spotted two necklaces that had a nacre ( mother-of-pearl ) tusk hanging on them. I am allergic to any metal which includes gold and silver and cannot even wear my wedding ring because it makes my fingers swell and my hubby wondered why I was fascinated with the necklaces because he knew I could not wear them.
Anyway I went in and bought both the necklaces and the look on the jewellers face when taking them off him after payment I said "My lovely elephant will be whole at last." He was quite intrigued with the story after I explained why I wanted them. I wasn't interested in the 9carat gold chains they were threaded on I just wanted the tusks.
Hubby put the tusks in the holes where the original ones should have gone and Hey Presto here is "Nellie" below in all her glory. She has been a great conversation piece no matter who calls and children are fascinated watching the man spin on the top. She will definitely be staying in the family.
Here she is in all her glory, now aged 77 at the time of posting this here.
Much to my wonderment since Christmas of year 2018 I have found out why my brother sent the elephant as a memento. Someone who had read the tale of "Nellie" elsewhere invited me to join an RAF group to tell them about her because they wanted to see "Nellie".
This I did with a photo of the crew plus ground crew . One of the group got back to me and said "Oh you mean Squadron 27 called the Flying Elephants."
This was the first I had ever heard about them being known as that but I have a feeling this my brother bought "Nellie" in honour of his comrades .
His daughter has since sent me scans of two Christmas menus that her Dad brought back from Burma one for 1944 and the other for 1945 with his comrades signatures on and she has also sent me a scan of the 4 medals he got including the Burma Star. Both menus have an elephant in the background.
I was overjoyed to find out that Squadron 27 that my brother was in were called the Flying Elephants. I was told that every Squadron had an animal or bird as their insignia. Unfortunately this lovely brother of mine came back a different man to when he first went in the RAF and used to have horrific nightmares and got aggressive at times.
Good to know that you are on the mend Althea. This getting old business can be a pain at times. The blasted weather has played havoc with my arthritis in my fingers and it has been hard work trying to answer folks for the past week. Just hoping that warmer weather is on its way to help ease the joints off.
As for the tale of "Nellie" I had no replies concerning the post only yours so I thought it might be too long for anyone to read and wondered perhaps whether I had done the wrong thing. I have more tales but I dont want to overtake the forum with my ramblings but at the same time I dont want folks to think that I am being a bore and stand offish.
Thanks again and I hope you will soon be back to feeling better.