Once again John Robert Colombo referred Dwight Whalen to me with this project. Dwight has laboured hard in musty old newspapers or their microfilm equivalents to assemble epistoles from the troops abroad in the two Great Wars received by their families and published in papers in The Niagara Peninsula. It is an excellent selection from soldiers seving in all three services. The blurb text is appended below along with an excerpt from “Reflecting Back” by Barney Danson.
What has been called “the human side of war” has been brought to the “home front” through this series of poignant letters, all of them penned by our troops overseas and printed in the correspondence columns of the hometown newspapers of the Niagara Peninsula during the Christmas season. Students of military and social history and of Canadiana should stand up and salute researcher and writer Dwight Whalen for the vast labour that he has undertaken on their behalf — and on ours.
— John Robert Colombo, author and anthologist
Dwight Whalen is a freelance writer who was born and lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His special interests are the area’s colourful local history as well as stories of the strange-but-true variety. He has published articles in the St. Catharines Standard and other newspapers in the Niagara area, as well as articles about anomalies in Fate magazine, Fortean Times, and The Anomalist.
Excerpt from interview “Reflecting Back” by The Honourable Barnett J. Danson, P.C., C.C., LL.D. (Hon.), Legion D’Honneur (FR)