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General Wolfe
Aug 11, '21

Frequency and Coincidence

The 3D Matrix has a habit of remind one of past lives. This incident took place in September 1979 when I was going through one month of intensive radiation therapy.

One day I met a strange little man whilst I was there. Most of the patients were elderly and I always felt awkward, but he was kind. His name was General Wolfe! At first I couldn‟t believe that he was called General Wolfe, but he was. He showed me his birth certificate, which he carried around with him. His father had had a very good sense of humour and named him General because his surname was Wolfe. This had caused endless amusement throughout his lifelong travels and had earned him many a free drink.

One example that he told me of was when he had visited the Quebec Arms, somewhere in London. The landlord had asked him to drink from a special glass tankard. “If you drink out of this glass you can have free drinks all day,” he had said to the amazed General. The very next week he went back in and the glass was in a special oak cabinet and on the cabinet in large letters it said, “This Glass Was Used by General Wolfe.”

“Well, that is no lie”, he said with a chuckle. It's little anecdotes and camaraderie between the inmates that made the experience bearable. The human spirit is an amazing thing, it reminded me of how it must have been waiting in the trenches during the First World War, waiting for the whistle and certain death. General had been there, but survived. He told me many stories of his life and experiences and we passed many an hour in the corridor waiting to be fried by the infernal radiation machine. I realised that he like all of us was a walking talking time traveller. He gave me glimpses into a long forgotten world that I had only seen in history books, yet he had lived it, been there, experienced it.

I did not realise at the time, that all these experiences were altering my perception of reality. I was waking up, starting to perceive the true nature of time and space.

So, we persevered. I had many of an adventure in the back of the ambulance going to the hospital.

I produced and painted some Dutch toy soldiers and translated the Dutch diaries of the Siege of s'Hertogenbosch, 1629 as a little exercise to keep my brain going. I later produced the translation and artwork as a small book.


Over the next nine months I have to attend the Royal Marsden hospital in Surrey on a regular bases because the M25 was under constructionI used the A25 which took me through Westerham, Kent the birth place of General Wolfe. I kept seeing the famous statue when past through the village.

Wolfe statue at his birth place Westerham, Kent.

James Wolfe

James Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759) was a British Army officer known for his training reforms and remembered chiefly for his victory in 1759 over the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec as a major general. The son of a distinguished general, Edward Wolfe, he received his first commission at a young age and saw extensive service in Europe during the War of the Austrian Succession. His service in Flanders and in Scotland, where he took part in the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion, brought him to the attention of his superiors. The advancement of his career was halted by the Peace Treaty of 1748 and he spent much of the next eight years on garrison duty in the Scottish Highlands. Already a brigade major at the age of 18, he was a lieutenant-colonel by 23.

The outbreak of the Seven Years' War in 1756 offered Wolfe fresh opportunities for advancement. His part in the aborted raid on Rochefort in 1757 led William Pitt to appoint him second-in-command of an expedition to capture the Fortress of Louisbourg. Following the success of the siege of Louisbourg he was made commander of a force which sailed up the Saint Lawrence River to capture Quebec City. After a long siege, Wolfe defeated a French force under the Marquis de Montcalm, allowing British forces to capture the city. Wolfe was killed at the height of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham due to injuries from three musket balls.

Wolfe's part in the taking of Quebec in 1759 earned him lasting fame, and he became an icon of Britain's victory in the Seven Years' War and subsequent territorial expansion. He was depicted in the painting The Death of General Wolfe, which became famous around the world. Wolfe was posthumously dubbed "The Hero of Quebec", "The Conqueror of Quebec", and also "The Conqueror of Canada", since the capture of Quebec led directly to the capture of Montreal, ending French control of the colony.


Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon, marquis de Montcalm de Saint-Veran (28 February 1712 – 14 September 1759) was a French soldier best known as the commander of the forces in North America during the Seven Years' War

Montcalm was born near Nîmes in France to a noble family, and entered military service early in life. He saw service in the War of the Polish Succession and the War of the Austrian Succession, where his distinguished service led to promotion to brigadier general. In 1756 King Louis XV sent him to New France to lead its defence against the British in the Seven Years' War. Montcalm met with notable successes in 1756, 1757 and 1758, but British mobilisation of large numbers of troops against New France led to military setbacks in 1758 and 1759 (when, in January, he was promoted to lieutenant general), culminating in Montcalm's death at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

Montcalm's service in New France was marked by conflict between himself and the Governor General of the colony, Pierre de Rigaud, marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial. These men were the leaders of the war effort in New France during the Seven Years' War.

Montcalm is a controversial figure among military historians, some of whom have strongly criticized his decisions at Quebec. However, he has also been much memorialized, especially in France, Quebec and parts of New York and Lower Michigan.



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