Chester School

[Original image “Abandoned schoolhouse with red apple” © pictureguy32/Dollar Photo Club]

The day of the one-room country school has long gone.
What a shame!
From the time I was born in 1927 until I was 7 years old I lived on a prairie farm. I started Grade One in a one-room country school when I was four years old, and remained there for 3 and a half years.

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A Captain Commands the Regiment

[Original image “Canada flag of Maple Leaves on Cedar Backing” © shsphotography/Dollar Photo Club]

In 1957 three important things happened almost simultaneously: The CO of 4 RCHA in Germany was replaced by a new and unknown LCol from Canada; I was promoted Captain; I was posted to 4 RCHA from my post as Senior LO at Bde HQ in Germany.

The Regiment had gone through many touchy months of discord and personality clashes. The new CO didn’t know who he could ...

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My First Flight

[Original image “Vintage military postcard” © Avantgarde/Dollar Photo Club]

In 1932 we were still living on our farm 5 miles NE of Moose Jaw, SK.

One of the post-WWI novelties was “barnstorming” – that is, pilots from the Great War travelled back and forth across the country in their wood and doped-clothed biplanes. They would generally put on modest flying displays – the sort of aerobatics they had flown when in action – and regularly took locals up for short rides.

I ...

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