By Joyce Barkhouse
"Twelve months in anyplace, my pal, is kind of a weary whereas And turns out extra like a century while lived on Sable Isle ..."
So wrote Thomas Raddall on the age of eighteen, no longer dreaming that a long time later Sable Island -- that "hell on the earth" -- would supply a romantic history for one in every of his maximum novels, The Nymph and the Lamp.
Traumatized through the horror of the nice Halifax Explosion of 1917, in a couple of months through the demise of his father in conflict abroad, Tom was once compelled to depart institution on the age of fourteen.
This short account of his existence tells of his early adventures and of the way he turned one in all Canada's most famous storytellers.
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He excelled at this, and he hoped to become an expert sharpshooter, like his father. In the summer of 1914, Captain Raddall took Tom with him to a militia camp on fortified McNab’s Island at the entrance to Halifax Harbour. This was a happy experience for Tom, which he never forgot. Much of the time he was allowed to explore the length and width of the five-kilometre long island. At last he could tramp through the woods and play at cowboys and Indians. But Tom wasn’t satisfied just to look around and play games.
Just before he was killed on the battlefield of Amiens in 1918. Tom was only fourteen years old. He never did graduate from Varsity. He was forced to leave school and go to work at once, to support himself and to help his family. But he never forgot his father’s words. Today he is known as one of Canada’s greatest storytellers. Born in Hythe, England, Tom moved to Nova Scotia with his family when he was ten years old. His early life was marked by tragedy. A few months before his father was killed, he had lived through the terrible Halifax Explosion of December, 1917.
Of course Tom had to pay his share of the meals and the movies for the group. ” Towards the end of June the captain of the War Karma received orders to pay off the crew and proceed with the Canadian officers to London for reassignment. Along with most of the crew from the Karma, Tom and Skin were ordered to join the transport Prince George at Southampton. When the Prince George sailed for Boston, Tom was broke. The joy of his homecoming to Halifax was dimmed when he had to confess to his mother that he could not pay her back.
A Name for Himself. A Biography of Thomas Head Raddall by Joyce Barkhouse