“Dieppe 75” to by hosted by Nova Scotia Highlanders Association on August 19
In honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid of August 19, 1942, the Nova Scotia Highlanders Association will host an event of remembrance at Victoria Park, Saturday, August 19th.
“Dieppe 75” will remember one of Canada’s worst days in the Second World War. The event will include a talk by popular military historian Leo Boudreau, a Roll Call of Cape Bretoners who fought in the Dieppe Raid, and a sounding of The Last Post. Publisher Ronald Caplan will be there to formally launch a book called Dieppe: Canada’s Forgotten Heroes, written by John Mellor, author of The Company Store.
Caplan says that work toward the “Dieppe 75” event and publication of Dieppe: Canada’s Forgotten Heroes uncovered the names of over thirty Cape Bretoners who fought in the Dieppe Raid. Among those Cape Bretoners whose lives are forever attached to the Dieppe Raid, was Hugh Allen Mackinnon. He was a medic who went onto the beach the next day, August 20, to nurse anyone who might still be alive. Mckinnon managed to save a batch of extraordinary pictures he took off the body of a dead German photographer—photos of the raid and of its aftermath. These pictures will be among the photographs that will be displayed at “Dieppe 75.”
The Nova Scotia Highlanders Association invites the public to share in “Dieppe 75” at Victoria Park on August 19 - a public day in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and of the Cape Bretoners who fought there.
The event will be held at the Junior Ranks Mess in Victoria Park, located in Sydney’s historic North End. It will start at 1400 hours [2 p.m.]. There will be light refreshments and the dress is informal. There will be a Roll Call of Cape Breton soldiers who fought at Dieppe and a sounding of The Last Post. Everyone is invited. For further information, contact Ronald Caplan, 902539-5140.
The book cover of John Mellor's latest book, Canada's Forgotten Heroes. An event marking the fateful and costly raid during World War II will be held at Victoria Park in Sydney on August 19.