Finding Our Grandfather is a story within a story. It is first the story of Carol Marshall coming across a collection of letters written by her grandfather to his family during the Second World War and it is second, the first-person account of a man, a husband, and a father of four being sent overseas to support the Royal British military.
He wrote a series of 21 letters – each of them numbered – to document and share his experiences as he trained and travelled through England, France, and Belgium from 1916 to 1918. His often humourous, insightful, and touching accounts are illustrated by drawings, postcards, and photographs, which give visual shape to his story.
The book is rounded out with a map of the grandfather’s journey, a family tree, and an archive of imagery depicting his life and death in Winnipeg, Manitoba.