By Joyce Barkhouse
"Twelve months in anywhere, my buddy, is kind of a weary whereas And turns out extra like a century while lived on Sable Isle ..."
So wrote Thomas Raddall on the age of eighteen, no longer dreaming that decades later Sable Island -- that "hell on the earth" -- would offer a romantic heritage for one among his maximum novels, The Nymph and the Lamp.
Traumatized by way of the horror of the good Halifax Explosion of 1917, in a number of months through the demise of his father in conflict out of the country, Tom used to be pressured to go away university on the age of fourteen.
This short account of his lifestyles tells of his early adventures and of the way he grew to become one in every of Canada's most famed storytellers.
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As for his paper route, he had been trying for over a year to save enough money to buy a second-hand bicycle. Now he was about to become independent. For the moment he almost forgot his grief over his father’s death. His mother had one suggestion. She said that when Tom’s father had been home on leave in 1915 he had talked to William Dennis, owner of the Halifax Herald. He told Mr. Dennis that Tom had a flair for writing and that if “anything happened” he hoped Tom would get an opportunity to go in for journalism.
Early childhood memories had already begun to take on dream-like qualities for Tom. These memories were of the military, sea-side town of Hythe, in England, where he had been born in November of 1903. At that time his father had been a warrant-officer and an instructor in sharp-shooting in the School of Musketry, so Tom had been born into a military way of life. At home his father, a stern, handsome man, ruled his household with the iron discipline practised in the army. He expected his son to be a man when he was still only a child.
He also sought out and talked to my teachers. I was no student at all in the academic sense. I cared for nothing much but history and English composition … and the only prizes I won at school were for essays…. Once while his father was home on leave, Tom overheard him say to his mother, “I think the boy should go in for journalism. ” Tom felt a thrill of gladness. He had been afraid that his father would force him to go in for a musical career. At the end of his convalescence, Captain Raddall was asked to stay in Canada and continue the work he had begun as a recruitment officer, but he felt it his duty to again enter active service at the Front.
A Name for Himself. A Biography of Thomas Head Raddall by Joyce Barkhouse