â€œEveryone had a role to play and my grandparents did their bit,â€ says Christine Ball, speaking of her grandparentsâ€™ role working for the Friends War Victimsâ€™ Relief CommitteeÂ during the first world war.Â â€œGrandpa may not have wanted to fight but he gave something back,â€ she added.
The story of Christineâ€™s grandparentsâ€™ work is told in a short clip on the Antiques Roadshow, available for viewing on the BBC website. Although it didnâ€™t feature in the televised programme, it is a part of the Remembrance Day series of clips.
Christineâ€™s grandfather was the son of a grocer from Mansfield, from a large Quaker family. Her grandmother wasÂ a just-qualified medic, one of the early cohort of female doctors to graduate from Glasgow University.
Christine explained that the Quakers working through the Friends War Victimsâ€™ Relief Committee sought to bring succour and aid to the civilian population who were living in miserable conditions â€“ many were homeless, destitute and unable to earn a living.