For Ed Walsh, going to war was about fighting injustice and making the world safe for democracy. But he admits now after more than 70 years that he signed up to be a soldier because he didn't want his buddies to think he was chicken. But Ed says, that's okay, "Because they all did it too".
This 6 minute clip from the Walsh Family Story film is focuses on 1939 to 1944. At the ripe old age of 21 Ed was promoted to Corporal and he found himself leading a platoon of Regina Rifles Canadian soldiers through the flooded fields of Holland and the forests of Germany. Arriving at the front, the first things he saw rattled him but he pressed on. He had arrived just in time for Operation Switchback, the Allies push to take back the Port of Antwerp.
Ed's daughter helped immensely by sorting their family photos and identifying the names of all the people. Ed had just gotten his war medals polished and mounted. These interviews were conducted last summer while Ed visited Vancouver. He sat in a comfy chair and just talked. Later he said it was very easy to tell his story with Personal Historian Cory Bretz.
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Already a few years old, this video was cobbled together from SD footage and VHS masters. The life story family history film clips used in this video were shot during 1998 - 2005. Want to have your own life story family history video? Contact us at heirloomfilms.ca