Casdagli’s Children

Today is 10 April 2015. On this day in 1906 A. T. Casdagli was born. He was much loved. Here he is, held by his father.

Casdagli had two children, Tony and Alexis Penny. He loved both of them very much and embroidered each a letter.

Tony went into the Navy. When he retired as a Captain, he was awarded the CBE. Before he went to the Investiture at Buckingham Palace, Casdagli prudently made a photocopy of his invitation which had to be given up at the Entrance. Here it is and here he is at the party afterwards. He couldn’t have been more proud of his son!

On this day in 2006, in the Cafe of the Imperial War Museum, to commemorate the centenary of our father’s birth, I shared with Tony what’s come to be known as the ‘Fuck Hitler’ embroidery. Over the next three years, I shared more of the war embroideries with him. They look wonderful on the open staircase of his beautiful house. But on this day not one of them is there! The wall’s bare for they have joined the rest of the exhibits in the Old Speech Room Gallery at Harrow School for the Casdagli/Churchill Exhibition. The show’s being hung as I write. It opens on 23 April, St George’s Day, and runs to 30 June. Do come.
And on this day, as a sort of etheric birthday present (!), James Morton Projects and I have just posted the ‘Prouder Than Ever’ Book Trailer. Here’s the link: