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A small bracelet lost in a slit trench in 1944 in Normandy became the steppingstone of a historical inquiry that revealed the life of a young Canadian gunner and his family. On one side: H.F. and a service number: B-44812 On the other side: “From Rose” In 2014, 70 years later, a team of French archaeologists found the bracelet which started the journey with the author to uncover its history. After several years of research, Denis Renaud finally solved the mystery of “H.F.”. It belonged to Harry Edward Fox from York, Ontario who had sadly passed away in 2005 before this discovery. His family, however, is still alive and is in touch with the author. “Rose,” nonetheless, remains a partial mystery … Harry served in the 6th Field Regiment RCA (Royal Canadian Artillery) and landed in Normandy in July 1944 in support of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. His Regiment ended the war near Oldenburg, Germany, in May 1945 after firing over 360,000 rounds of artillery in their contribution to the freedom of Europe.
Denis Renaud is an archaeologist and has been teaching archaeology at the University of Ottawa since 2003. His interest in the military started as a young child and this childhood hobby became his passion. In 2008, his book of short stories about French-Canadian soldiers was published in France. His field of research shifted from his initial specialization in ancient Greece after completing a degree in battlefield archaeology in Paris in 2013. Over the years, he participated in digs in Greece, France, and Canada. He lives in Gatineau (Aylmer) and works in Ottawa.
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