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Doug Hall had an ancestor who fought at the Battle of Waterloo and another who was a veteran of the Crimean War. His maternal grandfather was a veteran of the First World War and his father a veteran of the Second World War having served with the Royal Canadian Regiment and the First Special Service Force (the Devil’s Brigade). Two uncles served with the Canadian Forces during World War II. One was raked by a machine gun on Juno Beach; the other suffered a shrapnel wound to his neck and had the heel of his boot shot off. His mother was raised in a log cabin built out of necessity during the dark days of the Great Depression. Doug spent five years working in the mines in Northern Ontario and had many “close calls”. He then spent many years working in factories in Southern Ontario. He has drawn upon these experiences to write the book, “Haywire My Life in the Mines”.