Local WWII veteran has unexpected visitors on his 93rd birthday

Arthur Liddicoat was honored with a visit from “men in kilts” and a “bagpiper,” recently.

  • Nov. 9, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Photo of Arthur Liddicoat with a copy of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada 1919/1965 by R.H. Roy. (gift presented by curator of Museum).

Arthur Liddicoat was honored with a visit from “men in kilts” and a “bagpiper,”  recently.

The regimental visiting team of the Seaforth Highlanders marched down the road to the family farmhouse, lead by the piper Captain Robert MacDonald on Saturday, October 22.

Arthur, one of three sons who served in WW II, first enlisted with the Rocky Mountain Rangers in 1940 and later joined the Seaforth Highlanders, serving as a dispatch rider for the anti-tank platoon in Italy. Not only was Arthur in the same platoon as Smokey Smith, who received the Victoria Cross but also he witnessed the liberation of Holland.

Arthur was also on duty driving for Karl Doenitz, Commander in Chief of the German Navy upon the occasion of the signing of documents formalizing the surrender of Germany and marking the end of the war.

Photographs from the Seaforth Highlanders War Diary collection were shared and comrades Sergeant Patrick Ferrell and Corporal David Strachan recorded the visit.

When asked by Corporal David Strachan, “What was the best thing you experienced from the war?”,  Arthur paused and then replied “I’m still here!”


Arthur’s stories will be preserved in the Seaforth Highlanders Museum Archives.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip appeals for living-donor kidney transplant

Okanagan Nation Alliance Grand Chief has chronic kidney disease

Column: Penticton Regional Hospital returning to ‘new normal’

If we’ve learned anything over the last few months, it’s how important good health is in our lives.

Olympic athlete sends shout-out to Cawston Primary students

Canadian Olympic sprinter Khamica Bingham participated in one of the school’s long-time traditions

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

In photos: Modified, yet traditional graduation gives Penticton graduates a sense of normalcy

Students around Penticton take part in pre-recorded graduation ceremonies

Second video of Kelowna RCMP arrest shows Mountie punching suspect at least 10 times

The officer involved in the incident has been reassigned to administrative duties

New video evidence in Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial shown in court

The defence closed its case following the playing of the video in court, marking the end of the evidentiary phase of the trial

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Community backlash over Black Lives Matter rally in Kelowna

Some members of Kelowna’s black community stated they don’t support Friday’s rally

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Flooding prompts closure of parks along Shuswap and Mara lakes

Boaters asked to respect No Wake policy protecting properties along water

Black Lives Matter protester stands alone in Vernon

Rumblings of a citywide protest continue across social media platforms

Cyclist in serious condition after being hit by dump truck in Kelowna

The woman sustained injuries to one of her legs, according to RCMP

Most Read