Remembrance Day

My son and are with my Mother at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan, B.C. Along with her we watched the Remembrance Day ceremonies on CBC. Mum watched and dozed a little. I held her hand as the Last Post played.

By the Duncan train station, where VIA Rail no longer runs, in the park on Canada Avenue, the war memorial stands. Inscribed are the names of two uncles known only to me through stories from aunts and uncles, Mum and my late father.

Peter Piddington 1919 – 1939, killed at Scapa Flow on HMS Royal Oak sunk by U-boat, October 14, 1939.

James (Jamie) Piddington, 1915 – 1943, shot down over Germany July 23, 1943. Awarded the D.F.C. posthumously in 1944.