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,...
  • Old Wounds, Lasting Memories

    May 1, 2008 by Earl Stiles
    . ILLUSTRATION: VINCE McINDOE I can remember the wounded, coming out of battle in Europe. We—the members of 14th Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division—were among the first to treat them. There were men from all ranks, and sometimes friend and foe would...
  • One Family’s Tree

    November 1, 2007 by Sharron Arksey
    PHOTOS: COURTESY ARKSEY FAMILY Clockwise from top: The old oak tree; M.Cpl. Tim Wilson; Walter Arksey prior to going overseas in WW II. The bur oak stands on land that has been in my husband’s family for more than a century. Its roots are deep...
  • Dad’s Dieppe

    July 1, 2007 by Allen W. Waddy
    Allan Waddy salutes his dad’s service at Dieppe. My father, Gunner Robert Vincent Waddy, died three years ago–on July 1, 2004. He was 83, and had survived the horrific Dieppe raid of Aug. 19, 1942. I remember hearing him talk about the failed raid and...
  • My Father’s Museum

    May 1, 2007 by Harry Bruce
      Like heaven only knows how many other older Canadians, I have my own tiny war museum. I inherited it from my father, Charles Bruce. He was not a fighting man during World War II, but he saw some action. As chief of the London...
  • The Edge Of Hell

    March 1, 2007 by Tim Cook
    INSET PHOTO: FRANK ROYAL, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA170783; ILLUSTRATION: STEPHEN SNIDER Gregory Clark (inset) also served as a war correspondent in WW II. Dear old Governor, This is Good Friday, and I am spending the day girding myself for action. For our Easter Sunday, with...
  • Chilled By The Cold War

    January 1, 2007 by John M. Robertson
    ILLUSTRATION: DAVID BADOUR “If disaster be inevitable, make the best of it, is what Confucius is popularly supposed to have advised. No doubt Confucius said nothing of the sort, but during the Cold War that sentiment seemed, to many of us, to be the guiding...
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