Rev. Canon Nick Wells, Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Lord El­gin Branch 41 padre; with Great War Me­mo­rial in back.

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - REMEMBRANCE DAY - By Eric Bun­nell St.Thomas Times Jour­nal |

The Angli­can priest is padre to Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Lord El­gin Branch 41 and is to of­fi­ci­ate at the Remembrance Day ser­vice on Nov. 11 in St. Thomas.

And as he does ev­ery Remembrance Day, Wells will think in par­tic­u­lar of an un­cle he never met – a young man who lost his life as a Bri­tish sol­dier just weeks be­fore the Great War ended.

“I al­ways think of my un­cle who fought in the First World War, and who I’ve never met.

“I met his broth­ers, my fa­ther was one of them. But I never, ever got to meet Howie. And I think of him giv­ing up his life in his early 20s , leav­ing his mother, his fam­ily ....

“He was in a tank corps, one of the first tanks corps of the First World War. He was wounded, then he went back af­ter he was patched up ....

“I just kept think­ing, ‘Why would you go into such an in­ferno? What would drive some­body to want to join the rest of your com­rades in a liv­ing hell? What would mo­ti­vate some­body to do that?’

“And I don’t have an an­swer to that. I can give pat an­swers about loy­alty, pa­tri­o­tism, ca­ma­raderie, those kinds of things, but I think it goes much, much deeper than that.

“There is some­thing in the soul about right­ing wrongs for a no­bler cause, some­thing greater than we as a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual can pos­si­bly achieve. It’s be­yond words.”

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