Yorkville News releases an email at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of each month called "Yorkville Remembers". This monthly communication is in honour of Canadian armed forces personnel who have served Canada in armed conflict and have some connection with the Yorkville district. It recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who did not return home as well as those who did. There is strong emphasis on those who served during WWII.
This month's featured veteran is Mr. Charles Scot-Brown, who still frequents the Eastern end of the Bloor-Yorkville area with his Tilley hat and walking stick. To read the full-length, 13 page, version of Mr. Scot-Brown's engaging story as published in "Testaments of Honour", by Blake Heathcote, click here.
Veteran: Charles Scot-Brown
Born: Temiskaming, Quebec
Branch: 48th Highlanders, CANLOAN and Gordon Highlanders, 1st British Para-Battalion
Role: Infantry Lieutenant
Theatre of War: North-West Europe and Germany
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
The story within the story
Buried in the middle of Mr. Scot-Brown's page-turning account of his experiences in the field, is a touching story about someone behind the lines.
Doreen and I had gone to high school together, and I'd kind of proposed back at Borden before I signed up with CANLOAN. When I was wounded in Normandy, I'd been at Canadian General Hospital in Colchester for about three days. The nurse came in and said, "There's a young lady here to
see you." I said "What?"
In those days the officer's wards were just like a barrack with the beds all lined up, and all the guys were saying, "Bring in Charles' talent and let's have a look at her."
Doreen was a very attractive gal. She walked in and I said, "What in the Hell are you doing here?" She said, "If you're over here, I'm going to be over here to make sure that no English woman steps on my trap-line," or words to that effect. So when I was able to get myself up on crutches, the Padre married us.
A few months later....
....a message came that Doreen had been killed. She shared a flat in St. Johns' Wood with a girlfriend who'd gone out for dinner one night. Doreen had decided not go with her, but to stay home and write me a letter instead. That night the house was hit by a V2 (rocket-bomb).
To read about how Mr. Scot-Brown got through the rest of the war go to the full story. Click here.
Mr. Scot-Brown continues to be active as a speaker with The Memory Project and is a past president of the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI). His story and many others is published in "Testaments of Honour", (2002) by Random House Canada. If you would like to read the other 23 stories, each accompanied by personal, war-time photos, you are encouraged check with the Toronto Library or with a used book store. (The book is out of print.)
Full story reprinted with the permission of author Blake Heathcote.
"Yorkville Remembers" logo by Dylan Gnitecki, student - Canadian Business College, Yorkville
Note: The annual Warriors Day parade at the CNE is set for Aug-20-11.
Next article: September, 11/11. - Paul Ferri