Our guest blog today is courtesy of Janet Land, a Toronto actor and author of a fascinating new book sure to entice history buffs.
By Janet Land
My father, William “Bill” Land, served in WWII and kept a journal, which I fortuitously discovered some years ago. I wanted to share his unique experiences with a larger audience to contribute to WWII awareness. From the culturally diverse places Bill was stationed in, to the people he met, to his surprising observations along the way, I was compelled to document and share these findings as examples of humanity during a time of such global conflict.
Bill Land at Officer Training School
17a Recruits on Fieldcraft, Lucknow, India
The final product became a three-part book titled LANDED: The WWII Journal and Family History of William Douglas Land. Part I is William’s (Bill’s) War Journal, a rare, first-hand account of a British Army officer’s WWII service in India, Ceylon and Italy. Part II is the story of William’s upbringing in Scotland and England, and his adult life in Canada, leading to his untimely, tragic death. Part III traces William’s maternal and paternal family histories, which include his relatives’ military achievements in both world wars, as well as the lauded accomplishments of prominent horticulturists, botanists and an actress in the family, in Ireland and Australia.