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Monthly Archives: July 2014

On July 24, 2014, my son and I traveled to the Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum in Amherst, Nova Scotia to hand over Willy’s journal  for display in the Museum.  We were greeted by C.W.O. Ray Coulson, CD, (Ret’d) the Curator at the Museum who graciously accepted the diary.  Chief Coulson spent quite a bit of time with us going through the Museum and giving us some background to the many exhibits.  We could have spent many hours pouring over the fascinating, extensive collection that Chief Coulson has on display.  You can get some sense of the scope of the collection on the Museum’s web-site at http://nshighlanders.fav.cc/.

It was disappointing not to have found Willy or any of his relatives to whom I could have passed on the diary.  I have spent about four years on that quest to no avail and have had many on-line acquaintances help me along the way.  For her dedicated and determined assistance over the last few months, I’d like to thank Joanne (or “Smurfette Girl”), for the many hours she dedicated to trying to find Willy and his friends (particularly Rodney) who are mentioned in the diary.  We thought that we had solid leads on more than one occasion but all of them turned out to be dead-ends.  I haven’t given up totally on finding out more about Willy but I’ve been very discouraged with the total lack of progress thus far.  Chief Coulson has said he will do more work to help and I thank him in advance for his efforts.  

On a more positive note, the journal continues to be read by people from all over the world (114 countries and counting) and has had over 24,000 views which is amazing.  I’m sure Willy never had any idea how many people would be interested in his private thoughts.

 

C.W.O. Ray Coulson, CD (Ret'd), Curator, on the right accepting Willy's diary for display at the Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum in Amherst, Nova Scotia

C.W.O. Ray Coulson, CD (Ret’d), Curator, on the right accepting Willy’s diary for display at the Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum in Amherst, Nova Scotia