The Duty to Remember


Audrey Somers has done her best over the last 73 years to put the death of her 23-year-old brother Harold behind her, but it’s caught up with her yet again.

At 87, she vividly recalls the moment the telegram arrived at her family’s Hamilton, Ont., home, informing her parents the brother she describes as “loving but quiet” was missing in action over Germany.

“I was upstairs in my bedroom, and my mother came running up and told me. She kneeled at the side of the bed and said the Lord’s Prayer.”

“The next day my father’s hair turned grey.”


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