By Rod L. Hodgson
PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON
An eight-ender in curling is like a hole in one in golf, or a natural hat trick in hockey and quite rare but a few of our members have been lucky. Here is a photo taken a number of years ago during a regular evening curling game at our Branch #115 rink. The team consisted of Cathy Robert, Fred and Jeanette Albert, and skip Jacinthe Murray. (They won the game)!
Very soon we will be installing seven more posts around the gardens of Place Vimy. If you wish to commemorate a family member or friend who has served in the armed forces with a small plaque please let us know. (They do not have to have served in Canadian armed forces). They each cost $150 and that money goes to help support Place Vimy and our Legion Br. #115. Pass by sometime and see what the ones we already have look like and then drop us a line at email@example.com with your request. We have room for about nine more plaques as 11 have already been spoken for.
Friday, April 9 will be the 104th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Some 100,000+ Canadian soldiers took part in this major battle during WW I. The Canadian soldiers did what the armies of Great Britain, France and their allies could not accomplish – they were able to take control of Vimy Ridge. Numerous men from Hudson were there and sadly Lance Corporal Ronald Barlow of the Victoria Rifles of Montreal was killed that opening day. His name is on the cenotaph in front of our Legion Br. #115.
Others from Hudson who took part in this battle were Archie Hodgson (my great-uncle), Ambrose Tetro, Howard Mullan, Mel Putnam, Les Proctor, Cyril Parsons, D. Maiben Aird, Hugh Johnston, Hal Mullan, John Mullan, Harold ‘Pete’ Stephenson, Charlie Paul, Hugh Patterson, Bill Nicholson, R.C. Hutchison and a number of others. Many were attached to the 3rd Canadian Siege (Cape’s) Battery. (My other great uncle, George Mowat, was also there with the 13th Battalion, Black Watch of Montreal along with Hugh Johnston of Como)
The flag outside our Legion building will be lowered to half-mast on April 9 in their memory and of the 3,598 Canadians who made the supreme sacrifice during the three-day battle. It is often said that this battle was the Birth of a Nation – Canada!
PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON
There is still room for about nine more commemorative plaques, like the one above, in the gardens of Place Vimy to honour family members who’ve served in the armed forces.
We extend special get well wishes out to our dear friend and RCAF veteran Ian Peck. He has been under the weather for a number of weeks and hopefully will soon be on the mend, especially with the nicer weather coming along. Take care Ian, hope to see you soon out and about.
Lest we forget…