Some things change and some remain the same

My thanks to Will Ward who pointed out that the house my grandfather used as his Regimental Aid Post while in Seaford, East Sussex England, during the spring of 1942 still stands and is relatively unchanged. The garage has been rebuilt and the yard looks much nicer, but otherwise, it is the same house. The bay window is still there, as is the wall along the sidewalk and the the little peaked roof over the front door. I love the convergence of past and present. It provides context and a connection to a place and a time. And when we get bulldozer happy and start knocking down all of our old buildings, we lose a sense of ourselves and our history. These buildings act as place markers. They’re a reminder of what has come before: In this case, Canadian soldiers using these houses along Downs View Road in Seaford as billets; home away from home. Here’s a selection of photos of my grandfather’s RAP, from both the present (courtesy of Google Streetview) and the past.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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