Letters to Mom

During the Second World War, 21-year-old Allan Coburn was one of a million young men and women whose sense of duty and hankering for adventure drew them to serve in the Canadian Army. He was “the second son of a farmer, with no passion for farming,” said his son Douglas Coburn of Winnipeg. “So,...
  • The Silent Ward

    March 5, 2017 by Alfreda Jenness Attrill
    The author was a nurse in the First World War. She lived in Winnipeg and graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital in 1909. She went overseas with the first contingent of the Canadian Army Medical Corps and served the entire war in France, Salonika and...
  • Not all Veterans wore uniforms

    February 27, 2017 by Brian Purdy
    Story by Brian Purdy Son of Gordon Purdy Through the worst years of the Great Depression my father slogged away, first getting a degree in chemistry, then a post-graduate degree. That led to a job in a chemistry lab, then marriage to Mom, and his...
  • Tears of Remembrance

    November 1, 2016 by Sheila May Brownrigg
    At the first strains of the anthem, backs straightened and shoulders squared. For a few brief minutes the white hair and canes were forgotten and eyes shone bright with dignity and pride. This was Holland, 1995, and these were the Canadian veterans who gave their...
  • Remembrance

    November 1, 2016 by Fraser McKee
    On Remembrance Day or, for a naval veteran, Battle of the Atlantic Sunday in May, I am called upon to recall those fellow Canadians who gave their lives for us. At naval events the ships that were lost are frequently read out, but I have...
  • The search for an old contemptible

    July 4, 2016 by Murray Brewster
    It all started with a random tweet. My first inclination had been to ignore it because rule No. 1 on Twitter, as a journalist, is to avoid being baited personally. The sender, however, did not appear to be an aggrieved reader, nor a partisan hack...
  • How I survived at the Somme

    March 1, 2016 by Christopher J.A. Morry
      A Newfoundland Regiment soldier recounts the 1916 tragedy that was Beaumont-Hamel Introduction by Christopher J.A. Morry  |  Diary by Howard L. Morry Howard L. Morry, my grandfather, was a fifth-generation Newfoundlander. His immigrant ancestor, Matthew Morry, was a self-made fish merchant from Devon, England, plying...
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