EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Friday, November 11, 2016

Lest We Forget

My big  sister Glenna painted this portrait of our Dad. 
My father was one of the least soldier-like men that I've met but none the less he signed up early with the Royal Canadian Signal Corps and headed overseas. He served with the 5th Canadian Armoured Division in Italy and Holland as a front line linesman, laying and repairing telephone lines under fire amongst other  things. He didn't like to talk about how he earned the citation so I won't share the whole story here but he did share it with me once after I was in uniform myself. It wasn't some instance of dramatic heroism though, more a matter of steadfast, determined duty in difficult, dangerous circumstances when a counter attack broke through and divisional HQ was temporarily over run in Holland, far behind where he and his assistant were doing their job.

Fourteen years to the day since I last saw him alive but,
I remember.
A closer look at his commendation sign by Montgomery.

6 comments:

  1. Lovely piece, Ross. One of the strongest lasting memories I have of relatives of my own who had war experience is of their reticence to talk about it, and how difficult it was to imagine a war conducted by men of such a peaceful, caring nature.

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    1. It does seem a contradiction doesn't it but even many of the professional soldiers I've known are like that. I wonder if its a cultural thing or more basic?

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  2. Thank you for sharing that with us Ross.

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  3. As Conrad said, "thank you for sharing that with us Ross."

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