Sunday, 16 November 2008

Ancestors in the Attic - Cenotaph

Ancestors in the Attic aired a one hour episode on November 15 for remembrance week that told the story of finding the fate of two WW2 Canadian servicemen in Europe through the eyes of two students investigating names on their school war memorial.

The stories were well told and although History Television includes only a single paragraph on their website the story is covered by a article in The Oakville Beaver, a news release and another from the Halton District School Board.

The fate of one of the servicemen, Major Robert Gordon Slater of the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, was revealed when a German death certificate was discovered at Library and Archives Canada. The certificate stated he died in a hospital from shrapnel wounds after several days in captivity. I wonder if such a statement can be relied on?

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