Little Britain BoyGrave in France is portrayed in colour photo on front pageEditor pays tribute to fallen Canadians
The following article taken from Maclean’s Magazine with reference to the special remembrance day cover bearing the picture of the grave in France at Caen, of Bdr. Everett I. Hill of Little Britain, Ontario, is particularly in keeping with Armistice Day observance.
It will be remembered that shortly after Bdr. E.I. Hill fell in the battle for Caen a memorial service was held in his honour at Little Britain and that during this service special mention was made of the shrine which had been erected in his honour.
The Post is privileged to carry this further tribute to a gallant soldier:
WILL NEVER FORGET
Rest in peace under the beautiful sky of France,
Son of Canada and glorious martyr.
You have given your life for our deliverance --
May your name be forever blessed in Heaven.
So reads the epitaph on the grave pictured in our Remembrance Day cover – the grave of a Canadian fallen at Caen.
Long months ago Bombardier E.I. Hill left his home in the quiet rural village of Little Britain in southern Ontario to fight for freedom. He fought and fell – fell in the battle which delivered France from Nazi evil. And Caen, which bled and was battered in the delivery, uses the very stones of its destruction to mark his falling; finds flowers in its ruins to carpet his grave, poetry in its heart to hymn his sacrifice.
Repose en paix sous le beau ciel de France,
Enfant du Canada et martyr glorieux.
Tu as donne ta vie pour notre deliverance --
Que ton nom soit beni a jamais dans les cieux.
Credit for the photograph goes to Lieutenant G.K. (Ken) Bell, official photographer, Canadian Army. Lieut. Bell is from Toronto, where before enlisting he was the director of a commercial photographic studio.