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War Was Declared

Heroes Remember

It was quite the thing when the war was declared and you knew that a lot of young people were going to have to go and that sort of thing. The ones from the farm they were, if you wrote in you didn’t, you could get off on leave for agriculture. That’s one thing that was important to have lots of food produced That was a priority in those days. They needed all the food they could get. So my dad wanted me home on the farm so he, the local lawyer here he sent a letter and when I got down there I had to stay until there until we got word what was happening. So I was there for three weeks, mostly barracks. I remember one morning we were all, it was six o’clock in the morning, we were all out in the square and most of the ones I had been with them around there were going to Woodstock for basic training. They were all marching off and I was feeling kind of sad because I was maybe going to have to go home. At that time I thought I’d like a little adventure like that but it wasn’t to be. So then after, it was over three weeks, I was able to go home and work with my dad on the farm all through those years.

Mr. Pridham explains about what it was like when the war was declared and how it effected him.

Earl Pridham

Earl Pridham was born in Harrington, Ontario in 1920, the son of a farmer and a family of four siblings, one brother and two sisters. Mr Pridham worked in the Wolseley Barracks when the war was starting. He changed tires and did simple marching drills. As agriculture was important during the war, he applied for agriculture leave to stay on the farm to help out.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Earl Pridham
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

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