Newly elected Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin operates a publishing business with her husband Gerry Brown and Gerry has now written a book focusing on stories about the Cobourg boys who went to fight in World War I. These are stories of individuals told from the perspective of Arthur Gerson, a fictitious observer living at the time who was not eligible to fight himself. Inspired by the recently finished Armistice 18 project, Gerry has collected some human interest stories of these men. The book is called Memories from a Grey Wooden Box, Cobourg Stories from the Great War and it was launched today in the Lobby of Victoria Hall in front of the plaque dedicated to WWI soldiers from Cobourg who made the ultimate sacrifice. (I hadn’t noticed the plaque before – it was created in 1919).
Gerry has been interested in History since he was 8 and had a career as a History teacher. Deeply interested in the War of 1812, this is his first story of the 20th Century. Covering the years from 1900 to 1929, the book includes many photos from the time and it should appeal to anyone interested in the History of Cobourg as its sons marched off to the Great War to defend the British Empire.
After covering costs, proceeds from the book will be donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign – partly in recognition of the help they provided with stories.
As Judith Goulin says:
Through the genius of Gerry Brown, we see with Arthur’s eyes his strange fascination with World War 1 and how he tries to make sense of it all: the battles, the mud, the barbed wire, the boys he knew who didn’t make it home and the ones who did that were never the same.
The second part of the book includes a list of almost 600 volunteers from Cobourg (and only Cobourg) and a special tribute to Gunner Henry Ivy from Cobourg.
The book sells for $15 (incl HST). For more information contact Suzanne Séguin at 905-372-3984 or by email at [email protected]
I guess because this was a commercial event, I saw no celebrities at the launch – although the Mayor etc. often go to Grand Openings. I wonder how they decide which “commercial events” to support? There were also no speeches.