Who’s next on my North of the Border guest blog series? Today we have Vanessa Grant, author of the Time for Love series and Writing Romance!
Where does Vanessa get her inspiration? How is Canada part of her inspiration? Read on and see…
Memories of Algonquin Park, by Vanessa Grant.
Andy and Jessie Grant – a War, a Wedding, a Family, and a Park
My grandfather, Andrew Martin Grant, joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in World War I. He was injured by a shell explosion and left lying on the battlefield, and went on to serve in England’s 528th Forestry Battalion until the end of World War I.
He also fell in love and married Jessie Beauchamp in December, 1917 and after the war ended November 11, 1918, they decided to remain in England where Jessie had family.
Jessie’s first son, my Uncle Norman, was born in England in early 1919. A year later when she discovered she was pregnant again, Jessie and Andy decided that, with Britain’s economy in post-war economic chaos and jobs scarce, Andy should return Canada where he knew he could get work. Jessie would stay in England until the baby was born.
My father William Douglas Grant (Doug) was born September 12, 1920. Five weeks later Jessie and her babies sailed from Liverpool, bound for Canada. After 21 days of rough water, she was grateful to meet her father-in-law and let him take over getting them to her husband Andy in Algonquin Park.
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The full version of this blog is posted on author Jacqui Nelson’s NORTH OF THE BORDER blog series, which invites authors to explore how Canada inspires storytelling. Writing this blog, I had a wonderful time exploring so many great memories of Canada’s Algonquin Park, and reflecting on how they inspired my own growth as a storyteller.