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