This plaque proves Canada was first to adopt the poppy as a symbol of those who fell in war and war.
Mme. Guerin (interestingly guerre means war in French)
On Remembrance Day, let’s share some stories of those who served their country.
My husband’s grandfather John H. Kidd, from Northern Ireland was gassed in the trenches at the Mons in World War I.
Don’t have much information about him, although we have a photo of him (not in uniform) in our livingroom.
Other relatives who served include my husband’s great uncles, David and Tommy Estler, who served in an Ulster unit, which was the first over the wall at Vimy.
Family stories handed down say that David’s friend, a medic, was told to leave him on the field because he was beyond help.
With a will to survive, David crawled through the field to a medic tent where they wanted to amputate his arm. He said no.
His medic friend, went to give David’s mother the bad news, but by that time she’d already received a letter that he was alive.
If you are looking for information for Canadians who served and didn’t make it home, a great resource is the Virtual War Memorial.