Remembering Hamiltonians who served in epic battles of First, Second World Wars
Do you have a relative who took part in an epic battle of the First or Second World War in France or Belgium?
We’d like to hear from you for a special project that will run later this year in The Spectator as a commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
The Spectator will be travelling with a delegation of members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry to key battlefields in Europe that played a role in shaping Canada’s nationhood. We want to blend the experience of visiting those locations with stories about the role that Hamiltonians played.
The highlight of the trip will be a two-day stopover in Dieppe for the 75th anniversary of the controversial raid that is still remembered as one of the darkest days in Hamilton’s history.
A total of 197 soldiers with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry died on Aug. 19, 1942, more than a third of the 580 members of the Rileys who landed on the beach of the French coastal city. The 10-day trip visits these sites: First World War battlefields of Vimy Ridge, the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele;
Second World War sites that relate to the Normandy invasion, the evacuation of Dunkirk as well as the Battle of Dieppe.
If you have letters, medals, photographs and other memorabilia relating to a Hamilton ancestor who fought at any of these battles, please contact me at email@example.com. In certain cases, The Spectator may be able to assist families in applying for service records for deceased relatives.