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April 25, 2015 – V is for Veterans – family heros

I cannot believe it but sitting here all day by myself and I almost forgot to write this.  Coughing, hacking etc does not help.

Veterans in my close immediate family would be my brothers Jim, John and Bill.  They were all in the National Guard and Jim stayed in for a full 45 years or more.  He is still involved and went over to Normandy for the anniversary of D-Day with some very old vets last year.  He really found it a very moving experience.

In my Mom and Dad’s family – Well Dad tried to join us but because he had three young sons and then me in ’44 they wanted to use him for things at home. So he was kind of a medic because of his pharmacy training and a block captain etc.  His brother Emerson was in the American Army in North Africa and Italy.  He did some secretive work which he loved to talk about I guess.

My mothers family had her two sisters over in the war in Europe in Canadian Hospital. Sheila got as far as England just towards the end of the war and she stayed on with her hospital finishing taking care of the wounded.  Pat was over much longer and came home in 1946 towards the end of the year and then died in j1949 of what was determined to be war related causes. Probably the mustard gas or what every she breathed in over there being near the front lines and being near bombing targets most of her time over there.  Her brother Maurice was also in but at home working with patients on what is now called Post Traumatic Syndrome. The Americans borrowed him for a bit to learn from him about his studies of these patients and how to help them.

A cousin of my Dad’s John Laughland was killed in WWIi in a British Navy ship was sunk carrying munitions to the Russians.  He was 19 years old and the son of Andrew Percy Laughland my Grandfathers brother.

I just went through the list of Laughlands killed in WWI and WWII and there were quite a few.  Some are not in the direct line but also from ones that we have been working to find the connections such as the Hartney Manitoba Laughlands.

But in WWI there were a few on both sides who paid the price for going off to war. Roderick O’Connor, son of  Michael O’Connor my gr grandfather Charles brother, died in Belgium in 1916. He was with the 12th Canadian Field Artillary and was killed in action.  My mother remember about this although she was young and what a sad time it was.

There are pictures of Norman Laughland and his three sons in the British Army Uniforms and others.


If I had not been so lazy today this would have been a better blog.. I will see if I can find my computer case as it has pictures on the memory stick in there that I can post.  Have a little longer until midnight or maybe I will add them tomorrow. But will post this for now just so it is officially done.