March 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
March Speaker – Richard Pyves
The Story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada
Richard Pyves is a local Pickering author who has presented to numerous Probus clubs including Oshawa and several in Scarborough and is a recommended speaker on the National Probus website on their Speaker’s Corner.
Richard has written two books – Night Madness – A Rear Gunner’s Story of Love, Courage and Hope in WWII published by Red Deer Press which is a war story, love story and a story about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and my most recent book Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal – The Story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60thBattalion, in the First World War published by Helion & Company in the UK and by ECW Press in Canada.
Over 1,000 of the soldiers who served with the 60th Battalion came from Toronto and surrounding areas. With the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI in 2018 this is an interesting subject for his presentation.
One of the 60th Battalion soldiers was future Group of Seven Artist A.Y. Jackson who enlisted as a Private and was quite cynical of the military authorities