Centurions of Christmas

– Illustration by Malcolm Jones – There’s a photo that hangs in our church taken in the early 1940s. It’s a big church in Toronto—it seats about 800 or so—with one of the largest United Church congregations in Canada. The photo was taken from up in the east side gallery looking down on the...
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    November 5, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    J.L. Atkins of Lyme Regis, England, wrote about dropping propaganda pamphlets during the Second World War. A Royal Air Force plane was on a wartime raid over Germany and the navigator was throwing them out, still tied in bundles. The pilot remonstrated: “Good heavens, man,...
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    November 3, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Mavis Schultz of Eckville, Alta., relates that a Canadian officer in Korea had a houseboy whose fragile grasp of English often produced results as frightening as front-line combat. The Korean would wake the officer in a loud whisper: “Captain, your time has come.”...
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    August 20, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    C.F. Waite of Oakwood, Ont., wrote: The sergeant came into the barracks and asked if anyone knew shorthand. A recruit raised his hand. “Good,” said the sergeant. “Get over to the cookhouse. They’re short-handed.”      ...
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    August 18, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    William Mills of San Diego, Calif., says that during the Second World War an ugly rumour once went around London that the pubs were going to close at least an hour earlier, at 9 p.m. One regular was asked what he thought about such a...
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    August 13, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Now, two leave stories, both from Jeffery Hanley of Vernon, B.C. A friend of mine was one day late from leave and telegraphed his commanding officer (CO): “Unable to return to duty because of unexpected snowstorm. Will return as soon as possible.” The CO telegraphed...
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    August 11, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Dave Richards of Calgary joined the armed forces shortly after unification and wore the standard green uniform when it was relatively unknown. On one of his first leaves, he was in downtown Victoria waiting for a bus. As he tells it: “An older man at...
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