Ever look at your currency and wonder about the story etched on each bill and what it represents?.......How many of us even look at our bills that carefully? Probably not many - unless we're thinking its a counterfeit $50! Well If you look at the back of a Canadian $10 bill, you will see an old veteran standing at attention near the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
THE VETERAN ON OUR TEN DOLLAR BILL
His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90.
Its rather remarkable that he managed to live to such a ripe old age, given all the things that happened to him in the Second World War. Born in England, he was one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg. He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel. En route to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire. Evacuated from Dunkirk in HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.
When he recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy . En route his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck. In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel.
While in the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital. After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the warden (chairman) of the county. On his retirement Robert Metcalfe and his wife moved to Ottawa.
With a colourful history and a wealth of amazing stories, Metcalfe at the age of 80 wrote a memoire about his war experiences...."No Time For Dreams A Soldier's 6-Year Journey Through WWII".
Then one day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him...and although his daughter said that he had no idea he'd be on the Bill.......its thought that somebody probably enjoyed his book!
Actually it might not be a bad history lesson to learn the story behind the images on all our currency!
So this Remembrance day when you're holding on to a $10 bill......say a prayer of thanks for the Saving Grace so many have given us - by laying down their lives...
SOURCE: Ex Air Gunner's (Short Bursts) - September 2005 issue.
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