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  1. John Taylor says:

    Hi Guys. Good work on that WW1 trench. My Grandfather was an engineer in he Second battle of Ypres where he was gassed, shelled and sent home to die. No pension in those days if you didn’t die on the battlefield. They lost their 25 acre farm on Cushion Lake (sp?), on Saltspring, to the tax man. Joseph W. Taylor lied about his age and gave up his commission to get to go to France. He was 46 years old when he joined, and was a Captain in the Boer War where he was seriously wounded in the Battle of Colenso. He was the first man to climb “The Lions” in 1896 while living on Keates Island. He had just returned from mapping the BC/Alaska Panhandle, as the foreman for the Royal Boundary Commission 1893. That was just the tip of the iceberg for him. Thank you very much for keeping the memory alive. Keep up the good work. Sincerely. John W. Taylor

    • Thank you John for sharing your family history. We are happy to pay tribute and remember those who paid the ultimate price. I hope you can come for a visit!

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