By Major Peregrine Acland
From Pearson’s Magazine, October 1918. Pages 326-330.
I was born in Toronto, Canada in 1891. My father is an Englishman who came to America as a young man and who, after twenty-five years of newspaper work and magazine journalism partly in the United States but chiefly in Canada, entered the service of the Dominion Government, in which he is now Deputy Minister of Labor for Canada. My mother is Canadian, of Irish parentage.
As a youngster I was a disgustingly pasty-faced little bookworm, quite unable to keep my nose out of books of adventure, and equally unable to hold my own in the real life of childish sports. I was educated at an elementary school in Toronto, at University College School, London, England, and at Upper Canada College, Toronto, from which I matriculated into University College, University of Toronto. I…
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