A unique storytelling performance will take place one night only at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard) on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7PM. From the promotional poster:
Three soldiers step down from their century-old memorials to tell their stories of life, war and death in a special Remembrance Day observance, a staged reading, honouring all members of Canada’s armed forces, past and present. Admission by donation.
Anne Fletcher’s play, Duty Calls – Men of Christ Church Go To War brings to life the stories of these three men:
- Private Norman Vincent HUGHES, born in New Westminster (November 17, 1897 – June 1, 1917), he joined the 196th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment), and he later served with the 46th Battalion in France. He was wounded a few days after battles at Vimy.
- Flying Officer Robert Alfred WILSON, born in Saskatchewan (August 7, 1920 – August 15, 1943), he served with Squadron 612 of the RCAF; he went missing over the Bay of Biscay on August 15, 1943. * As it turns out, the performance did not feature Robert WILSON; the fact that he was from WWII should have been a clue.
- Lieutenant Harold Heber OWEN (July 2, 1893 – January 30, 1916) joined the 7th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment); Harold was the son of the third rector of Christ Church, the Rev Cecil Caldbeck.
Taking place the day before Remembrance Day, this event will no doubt provide a moving tribute those who have served their country in uniform. Further to the commemoration of WWI, I’d like to take a moment now to feature a series of Victory Bond newspaper advertisements that ran in the Vancouver Daily World.