My grandfather, John Murdock Caldwell, joined the 35th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery on Feb. 26, 1916. He was 19.
He was among the survivors of the Great War who returned home to family.
Grampa Caldwell passed away in the early 1970s when I was a teenager. Lucky me to have had him in my young life, where he made me feel very special and very loved.
I never asked him about his service in WWI but over the years, I’ve been fortunate to acquire some valuable keepsakes from that time in his life, including poems in which he laid out the reality of war.