My father, Roy E. Earle, served with distinction as a member of the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1945 in the Submarine Service North Atlantic. Following the war, he joined the Great War Veterans Association, which became the British Empire Service League – Canadian Legion after Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949 (and later the Royal Canadian Legion).
Additionally, my good friend Audrey Chisholm, RN was in the first group of Canadian nurses to arrive in France around or little after D-Day. She was one of many to take care of wounded Canadian soldiers, with courage and bravery, generally only four miles behind the battle lines. She was also a member of Branch 25 for many years.
I joined to remember and honour these two people who served in World War II.