I managed to contact Ronald and found him to be extremely courteous and helpful, and I eventually published an article abaout him in the 1997 issue of Canadian Military History magazine.
I soon forgot about the article but, the next summer, I was surprised to receive a telephone call from a Signals Corps veteran who gave me some praise for the article, He explained that he had known Ronald in the post-war military when they were serving at Canadian Forces Base Kingston, but no one had known Ronald had won the DCM. The caller told me that, because of my article, Ronald had just been invited to be on the saluting stand for the march past during that summer’s Signal Corps annual reunion at Kingston, and I was invited to join them. I could not make it for the ceremony, however, and regretted that I missed seeing the honour paid to Ronald Routledge that day.
Unfortunately, Ronald’s health deteriorated soon after that and he passed away. But in 2010, the memory of his service in the Second World War was made permanent when one of the buildings of the Communications and Electronics School at Canadian Forces Base Kingston was named for him.
I've gone all out this fall to market my book Courage Rewarded, with five book signings and four presentations. It has been tiring, and I am glad it is over now.
I can now get back to writing what I hope will be the last chapter of my new book. That chapter deals with 3 Vandoos and Capt Simon Mailloux with TF 3-07 The interviews and research were all done some time ago, but this marketing effort interrupted it. Now I have to go through the agony of getting my thoughts back together and getting over that initial writer's block that happens with each chapter. But I am anxious to get going because I think it shoudl be an interesting story.
T. Robert Fowler, author, Canadian military history