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.



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