NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, April 20, 2016
Tom Bochsler: Our European War Memorials and Cemeteries
Our April meeting is traditionally our annual business meeting. In addition we will have the pleasure of hosting photographer Tom Bochsler.
Tom is a retired industrial photographer who operated his still active studio in Burlington, Ontario.Tom last spoke to us back in October 2011 when he and his long time associate Bob Chambers covered a combined 115 years of photography.
His first time as a PHSC speaker was in March of 2006 when he celebrated a half century in photography and was busy composing his first book “The Art of Industry“.
This time out, in memory of those souls who served Canada in two world wars in Europe, Tom will present and discuss his tour of the memorials and cemeteries of Europe as illustrated by his personal photographs.
The public is welcome. Go to our Programs page for times and directions.
Following are two example images taken by Tom. The first, of the Vimy Ridge memorial, is perhaps the most familiar to me. In high school some 60+ years ago I walked by a small replica of the original Vimy Ridge memorial each Remembrance day. I had relatives who fought in both wars for Canada. And at least one, my grandmother’s youngest brother, who died in the great war and is buried in France.
The Menin Gate Memorial below, also in memory of soldiers of the great war, is less familiar to me. It memorializes unknown soldiers who battled and died near Ypres.