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Humpty Dumpty and History

I want to start Our blog by posting a family picture. At the same, this is also a thank you to all our Veterans from Saturday’s Veterans Day. A picture that my parents forwarded to me. It’s my grandfather during World War II.


He is here speaking to the troops in Belgium, as a military chaplain. Most were bomber pilots about to fly into Germany. One of many reasons that I am proud of him!

And now some war history. It’s the story of Humpty Dumpty. You know the rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

No where in that rhyme does it say that he is an egg. But this is what he looks like to us. Right?


 Humpty Dumpty did not start out as a nursery rhyme. The first theory of “his” origin relates to the English Civil War in 1648 when the town of Colchester was under attack.

As the story goes, a man named Jack Thompson was stationed on the walls of the church of the Tower of Saint Mary.  He was firing a cannon nicknamed “Humpty Dumpty.” Thompson and his one-eyed war machine managed to do a lot of damage to the advancing Parliamentarian troops.

Then… the cannon tumbled to the ground. Because of the size and weight of the cannon, the King’s calvary (horses) and the infantry (men) couldn’t put Humpty back together again. They were soon overrun by the Parliamentarians, led by Thomas Fairfax and his soldiers.

There is another theory that King Richard III, known as the “Humpbacked King”, was also nicknamed Humpty Dumpty. History really tells us that he actually suffered from scoliosis, which made his right shoulder higher than the left. So I don’t believe that story. Plus a cannon on a wall is much more exciting!

Although, a smiling egg on a wall is a bit unusual too.

And for our pic o’ day, this “hiding cat” makes me smile!


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