–The Story of One of Many Fallen Soldiers from WWI and
-Why is it Important to Remember Them?
I have always been interested in the study of history and in particular, the history of WWI. This keen interest in one of the darkest times in world history was no doubt inspired by my research into the family history of my wife’s family-Medlicott, when during the course of looking through some old photographs, I found pictures of her grandfather and great uncle. Both of them were members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served gallantly overseas in the Great War. Unlike so many others, they both returned home from the war.
Most recently, I had occasion to travel to travel to France and Belgium and to visit such historic WWI sites as Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Hill 60, Ypres and the infamous Menin Gate. Only in visiting such places does one fully appreciate the full nature and extent of the carnage and the terrible loss of life that occurred when so many young men who heeded the patriotic call, paid the ultimate sacrifice.
In the course of researching the MEDLICOTT family history, I discovered the names of several soldiers by the name of Medlicott, who volunteered to serve in defence of freedom, and failed to return home. As we approach another Remembrance Day, this sacrifice and the sacrifice of so many others needs to be remembered in a proper and fitting manner.
This is one of the stories that help us remember, for good reason.