William Robert Edward Glennie

My grandfather, William Robert Edward Glennie was a British Home Child. At the tender age of 8, along with his three brothers and hundreds of other children, Bill was shipped to Canada as part of Dr. Barnardo’s “better lives” project. Almost 10 hard years later he lied about his age to join the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force as part of the Depot Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles. In the midst of WWI he returned to defend the kingdom that had abandoned him. In the end having been wounded in action he returned to is adoptive country. This is in memory of the industrious, creative, quiet and gentle man I knew and loved.

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