My grandfather served in WWII as a mechanic. He grew up in Saskatchewan and came from a farming background as many young men during this time did. He was scheduled to go overseas but at the very last minute was pulled due to flat feet and hard of hearing. His gear had already been loaded on the ship. This is where I am eternally grateful. His boat was sunk by a German U-Boat outside of Halifax. He was lucky in a sense where he was not one of the deceased. However, he was there to receive his friends who did not survive. Towards the end of his service, he was offered a posting as Winston Churchill’s driver or release. He took his release to go back to Saskatchewan to help his ailing father on the farm. This photo was taken in Halifax before he was scheduled to go over. We don’t know much about his service time and we shared in his sorrow whenever he did talk about this moment in history.