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Another River to Cross
by Robert Sawdon


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There are 96 narratives in Another River to Cross. I decided that the "Field of

Honour" deserved to be the first story in the book. It is about my visit to my

brother's grave site in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetary in Normandy. He was

with the Royal Canadian Engineers and was killed, on June 6th, 1944, as he began

his task of clearing obstacles from Juno Beach.  Read more...


 
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Overview

There are 96 narratives in Another River to Cross. I decided that the "Field of

Honour" deserved to be the first story in the book. It is about my visit to my

brother's grave site in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetary in Normandy. He was

with the Royal Canadian Engineers and was killed, on June 6th, 1944, as he began

his task of clearing obstacles from Juno Beach.

There are humorous stories, sad stories, action stories, and some are of events

that took place on the periphery. Some accounts are descriptions of happenings

that are one of a kind and probably would not be read elsewhere. My experiences

are not exceptional and are probably the same as other front line soldiers and

certainly not as intense as those of the Infantry fighters. However I did have a

few close calls and certain actions will never leave my memory. I can still smell

the acrid odour of burning cordite from the shells exploding very close to me. it

was a time to pray for protection from above. I still think back to the time a V1

rocket (Buzz Bomb) landed, very close to me, many miles short of its intended

target. It exploded with a tremendous blast shaking the very foundations of

buildings along the street and left me bleeding from superficial cuts from flying

glass.

Read about "Washing Machine Charlie" (also known as "the Mad Major"), the lone

nightly visitor, a German pilot, harassing our area.

A friend bought a copy of "Another River to Cross" and passed it on to his son

who was a member of the crew of HMCS Frigate St. John's of the Royal Canadian

Navy. The book was read by him and other crew members while they were cruising

in the Caribbean and then it was placed in the ship's library.

In June, 2004 high school students from the Durham Region in Ontario took part in

the 60th anniversary of D-Day at Juno Beach in Normandy. A student of Port Perry

High School "adopted" my brother, James Sawdon, who lost his life on Juno Beach,

June 6th, 1944 and was buried in Beny-sur Mer Canadian War Cemetery. "Mementos",

one based on my story "The Field of Honour", were placed by the students in a

time capsule at the Juno Beach Memorial site. It was a noble gesture by the youth

of our country in remembering and respecting soldiers who fell in battle.


Feedback from readers:

"You are a fantastic writer and should be very proud of these accomplishments.

Remember when you had doubts about starting to compile your stories into a book?

Now you will be so pleased that you have persisted through it all".

Bill & Ann

Peckham.

"I find the stories very interesting. I could only imagine what it would have

been like to live through a war but with your descriptive detail it's like being

part of your stories."

Kim Hurst, Oshawa, ON

"He has taken the book out of the library and was so impressed that he wants one

for himself and one for his brother."

Jack Yuill, Glbert Plains, MB

"I really enjoyed reading your book...I found your recall to

be amazing so many facts and so many memories. It must have been quite

an achievement to have your book in print. It was an unbelievable time

in history and your contribution along with all of the other men and

women who served will never be forgotten."

Pauline Clarke, Reference Assistant, Adult Services, Pickering Public Library, Pickering, ON

"I've read a lot of war books over the years, but yours was the first to really give me the appreciation of the general situation facing the Canadian enlisted man. Your experiences were interesting and I could picture you enduring them. Too many of the other books deal with exaggerated feats of...


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Details
  • ISBN: 9781412229173
  • Publisher: Author Solutions Inc.
  • Imprint: Trafford
  • Date: Aug 2012
 
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