The day to day memories of veterans, commonly found in diaries, letters or journals speak to us in the first person and are invaluable resources, providing insights into the the day to day grind and experiences of the Canadian soldier.
Sample Pages of the diary of Sgt. Hugh McVicar
Hugh McVicar was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1914 and moved to Toronto with his family in 1927. Beginning in 1942, he worked as an accountant and office manager for Swift Canadian Company in Toronto, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Fort William before being transferred back to Toronto in 1967, where he retired in 1978. He was called up into the army in 1944 where he served as a private with the 2nd Division, 4th Brigade, Essex Scottish Regiment, C Company. He saw action in Germany and Holland in 1945.
With a natural gift for writing, Hugh’s wartime letters home were always interesting and newsy. The “Private’s Progress” section of this book is a compilation of those letters.
Hugh’s writing abilities were polished when his interest in family history began in the 1950s. Hours of research and hundreds of letters resulted in a very comprehensive family history spanning 16 generations.
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