|Feb 1917 ship Carpathia landed at Halifax|
On May 18, 1924, Harry wrote a letter to his mother and stated that he was in the veteran's hospital being outfitted for a new and better leg. Now he would have the new one and a "spare".
When Harry became engaged to Hazel Marie Thompson, she wouldn't consider living on the farm and so Harry got a job with the Bank of Montreal in Woodstock (he had worked in Barclay's Bank in Gloucester before coming to Canada). Harry and Hazel married in 1924 in Woodstock. (Of great interest was finding the marriage certificate and seeing that Harry’s cousin, Henry Venables Palin, traveled from Wales and was best man at the wedding.)
Harry had a great sense of humour. His daughter remembers Harry being driven home from work one morning and getting partly out of the car, laughing, and saying "I broke my (artificial) leg, bring me my crutches". Harry went to the veterans' hospital in Saint John once a year and stayed for two days, having checkups and his leg being "tuned up". She states the she doesn't think better legs were available until after the Second World War and that if only he could have had a leg like Terry Fox his life would have been so much easier, but he never complained.
|Remembrance Day 1938|
A HUGE thank you to Harry's daughter, Elizabeth, with out her help and collaboration,
this amazing story would only be half told.