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Veteran reflects on War Amps’ 100th anniversary On Nov. 11, Second World War veteran Charlie Jefferson will not only be thinking of all those who have served and continue to serve on behalf of Canada, he will also be reflecting on the 100th anniversary of The War Amps, an organization that has supported him and generations of amputees. In March 1945, Jefferson was serving as a lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment in the Rhine Valley, Germany. He was injured by an anti-personnel mine explosion, resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee. When he returned to Canada, Jefferson was greeted by a war amputee veteran who re-assured him that living with an amputation would not be a barrier to a successful life and that The War Amps would be there to support him. The War Amps was started in 1918 by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other in adapting to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, sharing all what they had learned, as well as starting the Key Tag Service to allow the new members to gain meaningful employment and provide a service to the public. Jefferson said he gained practical advice from fellow amputee veterans, such as how to protect the skin on his stump from blisters. He noted the moral support he received was just as important because it made him

feel like he was not alone. “It became easier to accept your amputation and helped make the most of what you’ve got left,” Jefferson said. Over the years, he “paid it forward” by visiting new amputees in hospitals and at their homes to provide the same guidance that he had been given. “I would tell them what success I had and what was working for me, so there was a comradery and information transfer,” he said. This peer support was then passed on to a new generation. In 1975, war amputee veterans recognized their knowledge and experience could help others, so they started The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and regional seminars to young amputees. Rob Larman, ddirector of The War Amps Playsafe/ Drivesafe Program, lost his right leg in a train accident at the age of 14 and grew up with the CHAMP Program. “On Remembrance Day, I think of the incredible legacy these First and Second World War amps, like Mr. Jefferson, have created for all amputees in this country,” Larman said. “I’m proud to, in turn, help the younger amputees who have come after me.” For more information on The War Amps, go online to waramps.ca.


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‘MY DEAR WILL: Kamloops woman publishes book of unique First World War letters Marian Owens perusing Letters from the Front and Letters to the Front. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

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hen Marian Owens was a young girl, it was not unusual for her father to spend hours in the den of the family’s Toronto home — alone. “He was very private,” Owens told KTW. “He had a den. He would go into the den and we knew he was into his letters.” William Shaw Antliff, Marian’s father, was a private in the Ninth Field Ambulance Corps — a stretcher bearer — in the First World War. He had been recruited while a 19-year-old student at McGill. Like many of his fellow soldiers and combatants, Antliff was a prolific writer of letters — handwritten notes from the front that were cherished by family at home, letters that have been passed down generations since. What made Antliff unique, though, was that he wasn’t just sending letters to his family. He was also sending back the letters he received from them, read and responded to — notes to the front that rarely survived long in the possession of the soldiers to whom they were addressed. “Usually, now, you do not get letters to the front,” Owens said. “But my dad decided he was going to send all the letters he got back. His mother said, ‘Why are you sending these back?’ My dad said, ‘Just keep them.’” Her father’s decision to keep the letters he received at war has left Owens with a stash of hundreds of

notes offering a rare glimpse at life in Canada during the First World War. “When dad passed away, we all were divvying up everything,” Owens said. “I took letters to the front and my middle sister took letters home.” Owens said her father never spoke about the war, so reading the letters after his death uncovered a new side of him. “He never discussed the war,” she said. “We only know one of his best friends passed away. One of his buddies who was with him thought being a stretcher bearer was too dangerous, so he went into the air force. His first flight out he was killed.” The letters offer a fascinating glimpse into what life was like for family and friends of soldiers in the First World War. In Letters to the Front, the major-

ity of the letters come from Antliff’s mother, Caroline Shaw. “My dear Will,” they begin, almost as a rule, before an introductory line letting Antliff know his last letter home was received, read and appreciated. The letters to Antliff discuss the war, of course, as well as family news, friendly gossip and current events. But the letters from Shaw are also correspondence between a mom and her boy. In one letter, dated June 22, 1916, Antliff’s mother told him she had spoken with a friend whose son recently joined an infantry regiment. “Please promise that you will never do that,” Shaw wrote and then underlined for emphasis. “You are serving your country in a much better way where you are.” The letter ends with Shaw telling Antliff he owes her $1 for his share of

Alfred ‘Alf’ De Frane Branch: R.C.N. Volunteer Reserve WWII Years enlisted: 1942-45 on the Prince Rupert, Canada and the High Seas as a Gunner Mate on B-Gun as a loader, rank of Able Seaman. Medals Awarded: 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Italy Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp and War Medal 1939-45 with honorable discharge Sept 4, 1945 in Esquimalt, BC. His gun crew made the Liberty Magazine in 1944 during the engagement of enemy action. Traveled through the Panama Canal, Bermuda, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, sailed around the Mediterranean. He always enjoyed meeting people during the war, servicemen and civilians.

a family birthday present. “We are giving Grandmother a kitchen scale which she wants,” Shaw wrote. “If you write to her when you get this letter she will get it just ahead of time.” Another letter from Shaw to her son, dated May 30, 1918, spoke of Antliff’s friends “paying the price” — dying at war. “I am hoping you will be kept in health and strength both as to nerves and otherwise through to the end of this awful war and I pray for it every day as well as for your safety,” she wrote. “I am so sorry that so many of your friends are falling or being wounded. It is an awful thing, but I am so thankful that you are still spared and, even if your work is hard and monotonous and wearisome, you are not in quite as much danger as the air service or infantry.”

Antliff was one of the lucky ones. He returned from war, finished his degree at McGill and went on to a successful career in business, eventually retiring as the general manager of the Canada Bread Company. He died in 1985. The sisters have since had the letters typed and published — Letters from the Front and Letters to the Front — alongside newspaper clippings and photos for context. Copies were given to each member of the family, as well as to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the library at Thompson Rivers University, where the books are publicly available for perusal. “I’d like to think that some people will go to the university here to get a feel for what it was like,” Owens said. A lifelong educator, Owens moved to Kamloops in 1953. She started teaching at Kam High the following year and became the school district’s music co-ordinator in 1970. She stopped teaching in schools in 1984, but at 90 continues to teach music through sing-alongs, hymn sings and dinner music, usually at seniors’ homes. Sometimes, especially around Remembrance Day, Owens takes copies of the books with her on her musical visits to seniors’ homes. “I had a lady crying yesterday,” she said. “She was so moved with this. You know, her memory’s going, but it did something to her. So I say that was a successful day. It’s most interesting.”

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