Training days in Western Canada, the face of a young private,
and a telegram announcing an upcoming visit to North Bay, Ont.
Cheryl Oattes of Brantford, Ont., shares two photos and a telegram from her father’s time in the Second World War.
Cheryl says her father, Les Scott, joined the Canadian Army in the summer of 1943 at age 18. After training in Dundurn, Sask., he travelled by troop train to Halifax for deployment overseas. While travelling through Ontario, the young private wondered if he might be able to say a quick hello to his older sister and her family who lived in North Bay, Ont. He mentioned to his sergeant that he had not seen his sister in years.
“Dad expected to wave and say hello from the train, but his sergeant arranged for the train to stop for a few minutes ...