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LETTERS TO VIMY – A PERSONAL STORY

 

What Canadian author Peter C. Newman says about this book:

“Letters to Vimy” speaks with remarkable grace and revered insight to and for a generation and indeed catches both the glory and the tragedy involved. This “Letters to Vimy” must become compulsory reading for citizenship hearings since it finally defines what’s best about this magical country of ours. – Peter C. Newman

 

LETTERS TO VIMY

 

This is a highly unusual correspondence between myself, author Orland French, and my uncle Pte. Oscar French who died in the attack on Vimy Ridge nearly a hundred years ago. It spans a hundred years.

The book presents a medley of real letters written by my uncle to his mother, my grandmother, to which I have responded with letters of historical fiction written to him a century later. Hence the title, Letters to Vimy.

In his late teens, Uncle Oscar was torn with a difficult decision. He was attending high school in Midland, Ontario but his buddies were going off to fight the Kaiser in Europe. The war won his attention. In the spring of 1915, he enlisted for service in the Canadian Army. Two years later he died at Vimy Ridge.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

FOR A LETTER FROM OSCAR, Click HERE


More from Uncle Oscar

More material from Uncle Oscar has emerged from the family archives.

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to see a couple of postcards from the First World War.
 

Wind, Water, Barley & Wine

 

The Nature of Prince Edward County (CLICK HERE)
This book chock full of stunning colour photos brings you the history of Prince Edward County as seen through the lens of geology. What made the Sandbanks? What made the terroir that creates tasty wines? What created conditions for growing great barley and apples and cherries? Why do so many people visit the County for a holiday...or to find a permanent residence? Find out HERE.

 

 
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