The following report was sent into our website by Linda on Dec 9, 2010 :
“My grandfather was in W.W.1 and was badly injured. He had one leg blown off and lost the knee cap in the other. He had also been exposed to the mustard gas which left him with a chronic cough for the rest of his life. On May 12, 1958 he went to the club and suffered a massive heart attack. Three days later was his funeral and that night we were all in the living room. We heard a knock first on the door, then on the window. When I went to look out the window, there was my grandfather looking in. He was as plain as day. There was no mistaking who it was. He kept calling us to open the door but my mother and grandmother were too scared. After about 10 or 15 minutes he left.During the next few days, four different sets of neighbours came to say that they saw him walking down the street, and knockin on the window. And he was coughing all the time. They said that when he couldn’t get in, they watched him walk back down the street the same way he had come from. They knew my grandfather was dead, so they assumed that he was his twin brother that came for the funeral. They were amazed that two “twins” could have received exactly the same injuries, complete with the cough. We had to tell them that he had no twin, so it must have been his ghost and they freaked out!
My grandmother was worried about finances with him gone, but later that same night, I had a dream about him. He came into my room and told me to have her look in the blue trunk in his room. I told my grandmother and we went through the blue trunk and found the papers that she needed to arrange for her to get an extra pension for being a widow of a disabled war vet.
That was the last time we saw him. Maybe that was why he was desperately trying to get in that night.”