|The war was brought home to us very forcibly a few days later when the Germans sank the liner "Athenia" on its way to Canada with many of our countrymen on their way home from England. One of them was Mrs. Alf Richardson from Rivers who was saved. She became the hero of the day. On Sept. 10 Canada declared war on Germany. We all knew that we would win the war though it might take two or three months. After all, we were the good guys. We had a lot to learn.|
|The Red Cross Society formed a group
immediately to knit for the Armed Forces. I volunteered to knit
a scarf. If I remember correctly they were 18 inches wide and
72 inches long all in garter stitch which goes on forever. I knitted
and tore out, and knitted and tore out. I was just learning to
knit and if I didn't drop stitches I managed to pick up extra
ones. My life was saved when a friend told me wistfully that she
would just love to be helping too. I generously gave her my unfinished
scarf and discovered that mitts were more my style. I also began
to knit baby clothes a few months later.
Harold had joined the army shortly after war was declared and began his training in Canada. We hoped the war would be over before the 12th Manitoba Dragoons were sent overseas but that was not to be. With television many years ahead we were spared graphic pictures of what was going on, but the radio kept us up to date, and we all waited for Lorne Green's sonorous voice each night to give us the news. Before "Bonanza" he was a renowned broadcaster. When Leslie was of age he joined the airforce. We saw him frequently when he was stationed in Manitoba. Mom kept all of Harold's letters from overseas and the earliest seems to have been in Feb. 1942. He told us once that our prime minister William Lyon MacKenzie-King came over to inspect the troops and they were so angry at him for sending them over with no equipment that they planned to "Boo" him as they marched past. However, when they approached him he looked so small and humble, but so proud of them, that they squared their shoulders and saluted him with mingled pride and affection.