When I found this image of CHARLES UNDERHILL and me, I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. He was our family’s London butler for many years; we loved him very much. He served in North Africa in World War II and returned home and married a lady who refused to consummate the marriage, wishing only to benefit from her husband’s war benefits from the government. Charles was always frightened to die because he said he knew he was going to have to deal with his wife VERA, again. So, Charles stayed around as long as he could. In great sadness, he went into domestic service and finally applied for the job at the Moore’s butler. I can tell you stories that would make you roar and roar and roar. He told me that when he was in Africa, King George VI came to visit the troops. He stood in line with all his mates to receive the King. He said when the little King walked by, he cried. (Charles was 6’4?” tall.) He said to himself: FOR GOD, KING, AND COUNTRY. He was that kind of a man, and I could identify with him. Even though from far different worlds, my English grandfather was much the same kind of man! A family butler named CHARLES; How can it be better than that!! What a priceless moment to see this photo again; Charles is gone, and I have gray hair!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918