Harold Hathaway, shown here in the back row, fourth from the left, took his basic training class at Camrose in December, 1944.  |  Hathaway family photo

Harold Hathaway and the Schedule of Reserved Occupations

Canadian farmers were among the list of workers excluded from active duty during the Second World War

The moment Alice and Edward Hathaway heard the news, they were ready to fight for their son, Harold’s, life. It was the fall of 1939 and Canada had declared war against Germany. Canada avoided conscription, but at 21 and single, Harold was expected to volunteer for overseas action. Many families tried to save their sons […] Read more