Minutes ofApril 25, 2017

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April 25 , 2017 Minutes of the TMHC

Our guest speaker for the April meeting was Mr. David Moule - former RAF Wing Commander - enlightening on the life story of his father who served in the British army during WW1.  Mr. Moule described his father's attempt to sign up at age 17, enlisting and serving, at the Somme and Passchendale before doing a stint in Ireland after the war.   

But Mr. Moule also went on to describe his father's difficulty in returning to civilian life and other facets of the man's life up to the time he died.

After the break, Mr. Moule described some of his own experiences while serving in the RAF.

 

Suggested reading:  Passchendale by Philip Warner

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Also: In Flanders Fields: 100 Years: Writing on War, Loss and Remembrance
editor:  Amanda Betts

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Contributors include: Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, George Elliott Clarke, Tim Cook, Lt.-Gen. (ret'd) Roméo Dallaire, Wade Davis, Ken Dryden, Frances Itani, Mary Janigan, Patrick Lane, Hannah Moscovitch, Kevin Patterson, Jonathan Vance.

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Les reminded us that the annual dues of $35 are now being accepted at any time prior to the June meeting.

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Other book recommendations:

1. The Great Escape: A Canadian Story by Ted Barris-- A unique retelling of WWII's most dramatic escape, told through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it.

 

2. Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle -

Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt (as it is now) is in the Pas-de-Calais, and the French were famously defeated by an army led by Henry V. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. The exhausted English army of about 9,000 men was engaged by 20,000 Frenchmen. The actual battle description only takes up one chapter but the the other chapters deal extensively with the preparations, recruitment, men-at-arms, weaponary, life styles, homecoming, etc etc.  
Juliet Barker

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Bernard Cornwell's book of the same title will describe the battle in much greater detail and is also recommended.

 

3. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) - a movie and book

Biography · The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals ...

4.  The new D-Day movie - Dunkirk 2017 - is due for release soon.

Trailer

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Justin brought along a few new military artifacts which he displayed and explained 

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??  (It wasn't me) won the 50/50 

Robin chaired the meeting.

1.       Xmas dinner for the TMHC will be December 11 at Chrissy’s Catering on Brock Street.  I will print up some tickets for the next meeting.

2.       2. The Speaker for the November 11 meeting at the Legion will be Rev. Paul Robinson.  Contact me if you wish to purchase a ticket or two at a cost of $15 each.  Our club usually sits together at a table or two in the North West corner if you have a problem finding us.

3.       Robin will be having a store front display on Main Street, Delhi for their local Legion from Nov. 4 to the 10th if you will be in the neighbourhood. 

4.       We require display items for the TMHC at the Mall from Nov 4 to the 10th.  Suggested items could be models, posters, photos, albums, picture books, small inexpensive artefacts.  You would be leaving them at your own risk so consider how precious the item is to you.  We are trying to have a club member at the display but there are occasions when no one will be on duty.  I have a schedule if you find yourself with some free time.

5.       We will also have a small display at the Mormon Church on Saturday Nov 8 to compliment their Family History exhibit and seminars.

6.       We will also have a display at the Station Arts Centre from Nov 4 to the 10th which will mainly deal with local enlistees of WW1 and WW2 as well as acknowledgment of Afghanistan casualties.

7.       Several members spoke to the recent deaths of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent in apparent terror attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.