I recently spent time back home in New Zealand with my Grandparents, they have only just started talking to me about there memories from the wars and about my family during the war, I learnt that my Great Great Uncle fought for New Zealand during WW1 and that he won a military medal (for gallantry). I'm not sure exactly want happened but the story that my Grandfather told me was that my G.G Uncles section was holding off an enemy attack in France when his section commander was wounded my G.G uncle assumed command, most of his section was wounded so he lined up there rifles and ran up and down the trench using there rifles to defend there lines! I have a copy of his citation and I will try and post it up here!
My Grandmother grew up in Holland during WW2 and she really opened up about what she remembered too, she was telling me about how the Germans would enter their home and make sure everything was "orderly" she also told me about how they were moved/relocated as they lived near the ocean and the Germans didn't want them near the coast, she also recalled seeing bombers flying over and hearing bombs go off near where she lived.
I also learnt that a great uncle of mine lied about his age to enter the second world war as he was to old!
I know a lot of you won't be interested but I thought this would be the place to share these stories, as i was really proud and honored to learn that my Grandparents and there families lived through and experienced war, and that they're brave enough to share their stories with someone who has a deep interest in that era.