Memories of George Cowan Fleming, WW1

WW1 Memories from Al Fleming for Remembrance Day
My father, George Fleming volunteered to serve in the 48th Highlanders of Canada, a Toronto Regiment that still exists today.  During the war, he was a scout ( or reconnaissance person).  As such he never carried a gun.  In the picture you will see a walking pole.  The rules of engagement said that Scouts did not carry weapons, and this was closely adhered to.  One day while my father was out on patrol, he came upon a German Scout.  Neither understood each other, but what they did was amazing.  They exchanged compasses, and I still have that compass in my possession.
Even though my father and his brother, and two of my mother’s brothers all served in the same platoon of the same regiment, the actual fighting was never discussed in family gatherings, although there were many discussions about life in the camp.  This story was the only one my dad actually told me about the war.  Later in 1959, we went together to the fields in France and Belgium where he had served, and also to see the grave of my mother’s brother.

Memories from Fairlawn Families

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