My mother's father, Hubert deSolla volunteered for Queen Victoria. In 1914 he was recalled to the colours and served through the war with the Royal Horse Artillery. In 1939 he tried to join the Canadian Army but was deemed too old and was diverted to the Corps of Commissionaires and served as a night watchman. He loved to tell stories of battles and loved his toy soldiers..
My dad volunteered in 1939 because it was the thing to do. His brother Angus also signed up but didn't come home. It wasn't till I was in uniform myself that I could get Dad to talk about the war at all.