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Kelowna women reliving history through her dad’s eyes

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 | 11:30 am

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Pat Rosinski hold framed newspaper clippings that partly document her father's service in the First World War. (Photo Joe Fries)

By Joe Fries

History is coming alive for Pat Rosinksi as she investigates her father’s involvement in one of Canada’s foremost military achievements.

Her father, Clifford Randall, was 18 when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and headed overseas to fight in the First World War. A native of St. Thomas, Ont., the private spent four years on the fronts, and was part of the Canadian contingent at the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, which culminated on April 9, 1917.

It’s Randall’s participation there that took his daughter to the Okanagan Military Museum today during its Vimy Ridge open house.

Rosinski wants to research more thoroughly what her father may done while overseas. He didn’t talk too much about his experiences, she told, and now that she’s in the midst of compiling her family’s history, the staff and exhibits at the museum may be of assistance.

Armed with newspaper clippings, she’s also trying to confirm that her father was in the first contingent of Canadian soldiers who went overseas to fight in the Great War. The research has stirred her pride in her father, who was wounded, but lived to the age of 92.

“Just the thought of him fighting for four years at that age especially – just a young man devoting his service to the country.”

Vimy Ridge was a defining moment in Canadian history that saw soldiers from this country defeat German troops at the strategically important ridge in northern France, a feat the British and French forces failed at for years prior.

April 9 was declared Vimy Ridge Day by the federal government in 2003 and is meant to pay tribute to Canada’s First World War veterans, the last of whom died.

The Okanagan Military Museum and its Vimy Ridge open house is on today until 4 p.m.

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One Response to “Kelowna women reliving history through her dad’s eyes”

  1. randy russell says:
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    this is Great Aunt Pat love Randy

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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