Lorne Welsh with the Signal Corps
OPERATOR SPECIAL B LORNE A. WELSH
ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS
1ST CANADIAN ARMY
My Grandfather, Lorne Welsh grew up in Edmonton and enlisted early in the war. First, in the Artillery, before transferring to the Signal Corps with the 1st Canadian Army.
The 1st Army went into action in the Battle of Normandy, helping to close the Falaise Pocket. They also took part in the Battle of the Scheldt and the Breaking of the Siegfried Line. In the final weeks of the war in Europe, they assisted in clearing the Netherlands of all German forces. He was in the No. 3 Special Wireless Unit, which was responsible for interception and decoding German transmissions. He never talked about the war except for a handful of times.
When asked by my Father why he didn’t attend Remembrance Day or the Legion, he simply replied,
“Because I don’t want to remember.”
My Aunt Wendy asked him once why he never talked about the war. He told her,
“I wandered around with buckets and picked up what was left of my buddies.”
One thing he did, which is uncommon for most Canadians it seems was that he took a staggering amount of photos and asved them in an album. Going so far as to write on my of them as well. Its an incredible tome of knowledge from the war. Not to mention his wifes huge scrapbook of the war.