My trip to London for the ceremony to posthumously honor my cousin, Louis Brennan, has been planned. I received the invitation last week as well as an email inviting my husband and I to visit the Gillingham Library outside London the day before the ceremony. We will be traveling with the group from Ireland. http://www.visitmedway.org/events/louis-brennan-inventor-extraordinaire-gillingham-library-community-hub-gillingham.
Our plan is to arrive several days in advance of the ceremony in order to acclimate to the new time and tour the area a bit. My father had spent some time in the UK twice—once as a boy on his way from New Jersey to the Soviet Union during the Great Depression, and the second time during World War II. The Trip: First Stop London-December 1931.
I am hoping to retrace part of Dad’s trip to help me imagine what he saw as a boy and later, a young man. The importance of reading between the lines (London-1931) describes some of the sites they saw in London such as this:
During both trips, Dad arrived at the port in Southampton. I would love to take a train to visit this port city, but I wonder if this is a good idea because of the recent flooding which has been happening there. Does anyone know if this is a good idea?
I am honored and excited to be included in this ceremony. I will, of course, write of my trip.
Now, I need to investigate my allegedly famous Russian relative—Soviet Cosmonaut Gherman Titov. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/6/newsid_2944000/2944638.stm.
My father’s grandmother was Martha Titova, and during his return to Russia many years ago with my sister, Dad was told that he was indeed related to the second man to travel in space. Russian genealogy is a lot more difficult to investigate, so I have not been able to confirm this relationship. Perhaps another invitation some day?