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Best of 2018 — Stories, not there for the telling

Wilfred Boyd, 87, holds a picture of his father Joseph Boyd who served in the First World War and his brother, Arthur Boyd, who served in Second World War, in his St. Anthony home.
Wilfred Boyd, 87, holds a picture of his father Joseph Boyd who served in the First World War and his brother, Arthur Boyd, who served in Second World War, in his St. Anthony home. - -File photo

Journalist Stephen Roberts
Journalist Stephen Roberts

ST. ANTHONY, N.L.

When I set out to write this article, I was hoping to hear stories of wartime experiences passed along by First World War veterans to family members.

As I spoke to more people who knew veterans, however, it became apparent these men seldom, if ever, spoke about the war. So, I changed my course and set out to answer why this was the case.

To that end, I sought the opinion of a Memorial University history professor. He emphasized that the men wanted to move on from their experiences and felt only fellow veterans could understand what they went through. I feel the story attempts to seriously provide insight into the minds of men who were otherwise silent about their wartime experiences. In that way, it gives them a voice – a voice reminding us that we can never truly understand what they went through and their experiences belong to them and them alone.

I learned, through pursuing and writing this article, that they have every right to keep their experiences to themselves. And we, in turn, must honour that.

Story: No stories to tell: St. Anthony First World War veterans kept experiences to themselves (November 7, 2018)

https://www.northernpen.ca/community/no-stories-to-tell-st-anthony-first-world-war-veterans-kept-experiences-to-themselves-257351/

https://www.thecentralvoice.ca/community/the-best-of-2018-272149/

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