Granddad’s girl – In Egypt, three-quarters of a century on

A sepia-toned photograph of a man in uniform, side by side with a black and white photograph of a woman in uniform.
Captain Nicola LaMarre, an RCAF public affairs currently serving with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) peace support mission in Egypt, and her Granddad Ernie, who served as a gunner with the 104th (Essex Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, British Eighth Army, during the Second World War, fighting in almost all the major battles of the Western Desert Campaign, from Palestine through Egypt to Tunisia. PHOTOS: Submitted

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As a little girl, I remember being told that my grandad Ernie was a cook in the British Army during the Second World War. After the war, he continued his love of cooking by catering special events for loved ones and neighbours. I was a young girl when he passed away, but an “army cook” became a big part of who he was for me—a handsome man in his army uniform, and my grandad, who loved to cook.

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