Son of WWI veteran who helped liberate Le Quesnoy recalls haunting tale and the effect it had on dad

Not many people can say their dad fought on the Western Front.

Fewer still can say their dad took part in the liberation of the French village of Le Quesnoy - a distinctly Kiwi engagement holding a prominent position in the nation's war lexicon.

The 81-year-old son of John Joseph McCall says his dad didn't talk much about his war experience before dying at the age of 70 in 1961. In fact he can only recall him talking about the war on two or three occasions.

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Date published: Nov 02, 2018

Daisy Conroy-Botica