The military is an important part of our family's history. Serving on distant battlefields from the South African Veldt and trenches of Europe, to the frozen tundra of Siberia and sprawling hedgerows of Normandy, the tales of my forefathers were remembered and passed down.
My mother's dad, Flight Lt. Lloyd Henderson DFC, is the hero who inspired me to pursue the dream of having a museum. Listening to him tell stories of "The War" was such an incredible experience, and something I will value and cherish for the rest of my days.
Through research and family lore, I have been able to uncover many family members who fought in the First War. Four were killed, seven were wounded, and a couple bravely stayed in to fight the Second War, as well. They fought at nearly every major battle of the First War, and reading through their service files has been a sobering experience.
In the Second World War, my family spanned all three branches of service, serving in the British and Canadian Armies across the whole of Europe. I have been inspired by these thrilling, true stories of the wars, reading old commando comics, and seeing the model planes in my Grandfather Lloyd's basement.
It has been my absolute privilege to honor the veterans in my family, by creating displays to preserve their memories. In this section, you can find highlights of the family displays currently available.
The Patriarchs and Matriarchs
Our Family in World War 2
The stories in this section covers my immediate and extended family who served in WW2. Most of this information has been pulled from our private family histories and I very much look forward to learning more about this fine men over the coming years.
Our Family in The Great War
The following are accounts from both sides of my family during the Great War. Combined, they fought at nearly every battle on the Western Front. I sadly do not have anything that belonged to them but, through this website I intend to create memorials to these men and those with whom they served.
This information has been pulled directly from the Regimental War Diaries and Personnel Files available at Library and Archives Canada, free of charge.
The Victorian Age and Beyond
Here is a small collection of stories that focus on the pre World War One period. Research is ongoing and i look forward to finding more out about these men over time.