Famed ‘Wait for Me, Daddy’ Photograph Has a Complicated History



It’s maybe Canada’s most famed {photograph} from the Second World Warfare. A younger boy has damaged freed from his mom’s restraints to run after his father marching in formation heading off to struggle.

Captured by Claude P. Dettloff, the {photograph}, dubbed “Wait For Me, Daddy,” was picked up by the Related Press and LIFE journal and got here to represent familial love and the heartbreak of wartime separation.

It was the final {photograph} of the household ever collectively.

“That’s most likely the final time we have been collectively as a nuclear household, as they put it at the moment,” Warren “Whitey” Bernard advised CTVNews. “We have been by no means collectively once more as a household after that second.”

Whereas Bernard’s father, Jack, survived the struggle, his father or mother’s marriage didn’t.

Jack was a sergeant within the native militia in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, however his unit wasn’t activated. So he dropped his rank and enlisted as a non-public with the British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Personal Rifles.

“Therein lies the rub,” mentioned Bernard, noting his mom didn’t need his father to hitch up.

“He was 33 years previous, he had a dependent youngster, and she or he was madder than a hornet and she or he needed him to attend till the BCDs, the B.C. Dragoons, have been known as up as a regiment after which he would have gone into the military as a sergeant, and naturally a sergeant’s pay was twice what a buck non-public’s pay was,” Bernard continued.

Jack Bernard went on to land at Juno Seaside, Normandy, on D-Day and fought in France and within the Netherlands.

He survived World Warfare II, however the marriage didn’t survive the rift.

Jack returned to Canada in October 1945 and, as his prepare pulled into the station, Dettloff’s pictures got here full circle when he managed to seize the glad reunion of father and son.

“The day dad got here residence, my grandfather picked me up and took me to the station,” Bernard wrote in The Guardian. “That was most likely the happiest day in my 10-year-old life.”

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