By David Twiston-Davies, Conrad Black

Canada From Afar is the fruit of the outstanding flowering of obituary writing within the London day-by-day Telegraph prior to now ten years. those energetic pictures of Canadians are trained, witty, occasionally quirky, sometimes iconoclastic.They comprise royal courtiers, politicians, businessmen, infantrymen, sailors, airmen, scientists, explorers, novelists, artists, or even reporters. one of the widespread Canadians seen from afar are folks corresponding to Margaret Laurence, Joey Smallwood, K.C. Irving, Raymond Burr and A.J. Casson.

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In February 1942 Letson was again promoted, to be adjutant-general in Ottawa. In 1944 he returned to Washington as chairman of the Canadian Joint Staff Mission, responsible for planning Canada's participation in the invasion of Japan. When the vastly popular Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis was appointed Governor General in 1946, Letson as a soldier with wide connections in business and society - proved an admirable choice as his secretary. He held the post until 1952 but, on retiring from it, continued to take an active part in military affairs.

41 JOEY SMALLWOOD JOEY SMALLWOOD (who died on December 17, 1990, aged 89) had a picaresque career as a journalist, union organizer and pig-breeder until 1949, when he took a reluctant Newfoundland into Confederation; he was the new province's autocratic premier for the next 23 years. A small, peppery man of large contradictions, he was the island's greatest populist leader: a quondam trade unionist who later rode roughshod over unions; an apostle of instant industrialization who still recognized the danger of destroying the unique character of a people proud to live in England's first colony.

He was called "Punch" because his elder brother could not manage his first name. The family moved to Edmonton, Alberta, when young Punch was eight, and he attended the local university for a year before enlisting in the 196th Western Universities Infantry Battalion in 1917. After its removal to Bramshott, Surrey, he transferred first to the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot and then to its successor, the RAF, with whom he was in posted to No. 211, a bomber and reconnaissance squadron equipped with DH4s and DH9s and operating over Flanders.

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