Guillaume Lecerf was born on 6th July 1974 in Flers in the South of Normandy.
His parents were born just after the second world war (1949) and his grandparents were born just after the first world war (around 1920).
He has heard many stories from those times. His grandfather on his mother’s side, Gaston Leperlier, lost both his parents at an early age. They died prematurely in 1940 when his grandfather was only 18 and he was left to face the responsibility of the family farm they owned with his two little sisters who were only 15 and 16 at the time. He was exempt from his military service and stayed on the farm which was just next to the chateau of the poupeliere in the village of Ste Honorine la Chardonne (61).
During the war, his grandfather knew a member of the resistance who gave him important papers and information to look after but his grandfather, Gaston, didn’t realize what they were. This could have caused big trouble for him but he did it without knowing the importance of what he was doing.
On 6th June he wrote in his small diary one line concerning the landing of the Allies. I don’t know if he realized the significance of this event or if he was more concerned with the everyday problems of his farm but it doesn’t seem to be very important in that diary.