Remembrance: Spotlight on Duncan Lawson (1897-1918)

Curated by James Gibson

All three Roedde sons enlisted in WWI, and so to provide a glimpse into what that experience may have been like, volunteer James Gibson has curated an exhibit in the Roedde House parlour on Duncan Lawson of West Vancouver, who lost his life in battle during the First World War (1914-1918). The exhibit contains photographs and enlarged letters sent between Duncan and his family during his time overseas, along with poignant letters sent between family members after Duncan’s death. One letter, sent from Duncan’s father, John Lawson (1860-1954), overseas to his daughter Gertrude, reads: “…that all the memories of our dear Duncan’s life are so sweet, and that your Mama is bearing it so well. She is showing why Duncan was such a son, brother, and hero”.

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