I was born in Montreal in 1956...an only child. You see, my mother had four miscarriages before I was born, then she had a baby boy in 1950. However, that dear baby, Richard, who would have been my brother, died at the tender age of 7 months...of bronchial pneumonia. So...this is how I ended up being an only child. I was only 5 lbs 8 ounces when I was born, very little and fragile...but thanks to God, the doctors and my parents, I am here today. To be honest, I cannot find any of my childhood photos except for one, which I will share in another post at a later time. I know that there was a fire when I was a child, so perhaps this is how many of the photos got destroyed and/or lost.
I am sharing a few photos here with you today. The first one is of my father taken in 1939, at the onset of WWII. Although he was a Canadian, (born in Montreal in 1919 and died in 1984 in Montreal at the age of 64), his parents were born in Kent, England...he went to visit England in 1939 and was there when the war broke out, so he joined the Royal Warwick Regiment in Dartford, Kent, where his father was born. My father was a very kind and loving soul. Although he became a prisoner of war and sadly, quite early in WWII, he was able to forgive his captors of the cruelty he suffered at their hands. My father, Albert William Elliott, was born in Montreal on December 19, 1919.