Since I met Terry Fallis earlier this month, and he told me his grandad served with John McCrae in WWI, plus he loaned me McCrae’s actual spur for the launch and other Bonfire book events, I have met two more people whose grandfathers served with John McCrae. What in the world is going on?!
Captain Lesley Clinton Fallis was a doctor and served at No. 3 Canadian General Hospital(McGill) with the CAMC beginning in June 1916. Neighbour Nancy Murray’s grandad, Gunner Harold Wheelock Borbridge joined right at the beginning with the 1st Brigade CFA (Canadian Field Artillery) and today I met Jennifer Smyth in High River, quite the historian herself, and her grandfather was also with the same artillery brigade. This is too weird for words. If and when I find an explanation, I’ll let you all know.
“I read your book. It is precious, absolutely precious… Everyone in the world needs to know that John McCrae and his horse, Bonfire are Canadians, war heroes, and, John McCrae is the author of In Flanders Fields, which everyone quotes so liberally. Your book is superb. Your gentle yet revealing perspective is brilliant, and I received quite a little education too. Thanks Susan…I applaud you.”
– Katie Trafford, businesswoman and owner of Equiproducts, Calgary, Alberta
Yikes. Hope my hat size doesn’t increase!
Bonfire Book Event, Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m. Owl’s Nest Books
Come out to the Bonfire reading and book signing this Tuesday night at Owl’s Nest Books at 7:00 pm. in the Britannia Shopping Centre at Elbow Drive and 50th Avenue SW, Calgary. There will be wine and snacks, too!