The Plaque at All Saints Ladner

 What piqued my interest was the place where death had occurred: Sanctuary Wood.
The irony: I found myself thinking “I wonder what happened there?”
And that’s what got me started: trying to find answers to that question.
I spent a few months researching Sidney’s life.
The Riches are one of Ladner’s pioneer families, so there is information about them at the Delta Archives.
I also made contact with Kathy Cuthbert, a member of Sidney’s family.
 She & I are working together to tell Sidney’s story. 
I had to dig elsewhere to find out where he went to school (University School in Victoria) and where he worked (Gore & McGregor in Victoria).

University School Cadet Corps

Sidney is on the left, in the front row
(image courtesy of SMUS Archives)
I like to tell stories in the places where the events take place.
There’s just something about being there.
On March 16th, I will have a chance to visit Sidney’s old school & to film there. The school’s archivist has been very helpful with old documents & photos.

Sidney’s name on the Menin Gate, in Belgium

(image courtesy of Kathy Cuthbert)
In June I’m off to Europe, to retrace Sidney’s journey.
I’ll be joined by members of Sidney’s family and cameraman, Ross Friesen.
We’ll meet up with Stephen Binks, a WWI tour specialist.
You can find out more about Stephen & Ross under the Story Tellers tab.
It’s going to be a fascinating trip.