As we enter November and this month of Remembrance, this Curator’s pick is a book that tells the story of a local soldier’s Second World War experience and the aftermath of the war on his life and family.
My Father’s Battle: One Man’s Battle, a Family’s Journey to Peace, written by Vicki Hartman, tells the story of Kenneth Rowlandson, a member of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment who enlisted in the regiment when he was 15 years old and within two years was caught in the maelstrom that was the Second World War. Kenneth, known as Roly to his friends and comrades, was encouraged by his parents to join the militia when he was 15 in order to get himself out of trouble and to find work at the end of the Depression. This story takes the reader from the soldiers life of training and guard duty to battles and military hospitals, and all the action and traumatic moments that come with that story. The story of Kenneth Rowlandson is also one of a family living with PTSD and the impact that the Second World War had on family and life post war.
Through interviews and research, Vicki Hartman has recreated the wartime experience of her father and the post war experience of her family. This is a touching story of one man’s war and a life well-lived in the aftermath of that life-altering experience.
What a great book to read as you take the time to remember veterans of all wars throughout the month of November and most specially on Remembrance Day.
This book is available for sale at Merritt’s Mercantile located at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre while supplies last for $26.95 + HST..