Rough Draft: Love Story During World War 1

Throughout 1914, we are honoring those who served during World War 1 and their families. Let’s not forget the many beautiful stories of love that emerged from the ashes of this heinous war.

My grandmother (from Somerset, England) served as a nurse (a sister) in a military hospital during this war. A soldier named Louis Sparkes from Newfoundland (then a British colony) was admitted to her hospital. He had been shot in the chest and leg, and had spent several days tangled in barbed wire in a muddy trench. During his long recovery, he fell in love with one of the nurses.

Louis Sparks and Amy Richards were later married. As a war bride, she left her home and family in Somerset, England to become a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in the small fishing community of Lower Island Cove in Newfoundland.


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

One Response to Rough Draft: Love Story During World War 1

  1. Barbara Reilley says:

    What a wondBerful story!


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