Dickies from Gunton: Canadian Brothers in Two World Wars


Liz Katynski is the author of DICKIES FROM GUNTON: CANADIAN BROTHERS IN TWO WORLD WARS

Dickies from Gunton

Canadian writer, Liz Katynski turns to the fragments lingering in old sketches, photos, military records, articles and memories to piece together the stories of two veterans she always wondered about. As an author, Liz enjoys telling a good story. Her mission is to honour the vision and enthusiasm of her greatest fan, the late FVB, who always said: “Liz is the best writer of our time.”

Early in the 20th century, the Dickie brothers from Gunton, Manitoba are ordinary Canadian prairie boys facing extraordinary times. Canada finds itself in two world wars, and like many of their contemporaries, the boys are called upon to serve their king and country. Percy (PJ) Dickie serves with the Fort Garry Horse in the First World War, volunteers with the Royal Canadian Engineers in the Second World War, and works in local war industries to support his family. Earl Dickie serves with the Fort Garry Horse militia and then, at the onset of the Second World War, volunteers with the Winnipeg Grenadiers only to be sent to defend the doomed British Colony of Hong Kong. In this narrative non-fiction book, as the boys discover, there is nothing gallant about war. Life is tough enough.

Canadian writer Liz Katynski’s book, Dickies from Gunton: Canadian Brothers in Two World Wars, is coming soon.