Nov 262016

For King and County
Members of
Carnduff Community
Who have volunteered for Active Service
Canada’s Fighting Forces.

On pages 198, 199 and 200 of the local history book, A Stake in the West,, the Carnduff and district history committe came together to record local residents who served in the military forces. The listing includes veterans and those who gave the supreme sacrifice. Recorded here, are just those who fell in the Great War (1914-1918), and the honour roll for World War II (1939-1945) killed in action. Albert SARGENT, served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Infantry, Albert, having been born in England, immigrated in 1915, and following employment at Carnduff, was called to serve in the Great War, enlisting and engaging in the theatre of war overseas. On August 24, 1915, he paid the supreme sacrifice. Charles SARGENT, was one of three children born to David S. Sargent. Charles and his brother, D. Roy, both enlisted in World War I and served in the 232nd Battalion. Charley serving as a sergeant, and Roy as Lieutenant. In 1918, Charles, fell at Arras, France, Roy returned to Canada, and remained in military service. Andrew Grey COWIE Jr. ENLISTED jUNE 1916, IN THE 152nd Battalion. Andrew (Grey) was born July 28, 1893 in Ontario, and in 1905 came with his family to the Oakley school district of Saskatchewan where his father Andrew Grey COWIE filed a homestead. While overseas, Andrew Grey COWIE Jr. was transfered to the 32nd Battalion in 1916, and from there, he was moved to the 5th Battalion. Grey, became Lance-Sergeant April 17, and August 3, 1917, tragically suffered fatal wounds, and is buried in France. Grey received the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. In 1940, Wesley BAILEY went and joined the Air Force for World War II. As a Flight Sergeant, Wesley, spent time overseas, and tragically, his plane was gunned down over Germany, and he was killed in action September 30, 1943. His brother, Fred BAILEY, also joined the Armed Forces and served between summer of 1941 to the summer of 1944, also in the Air Force, Fred, suffered an injury, and returned home to recuperate. By engaging in the pages of A Stake in the West, and the submitted family histories, brief biographies may be forthcoming about the following soldiers. Lest we Forget.

World War I:
BAILEY, Gerald W.
FAIR, Frank
LEE, Roy
PATON, Lawrence
SARGENT, Charles

World War II.
COZIER, Lloyd D.
HULL, Wilbert
NORTON, Trueman E.
RAMSEY, Donald R.
TAYLOR, William
THOMPSON, Clifford
VASS, Daniel P.
WHITE, William H.

Keep the Home Fires Burning.
The following are the men (so far as we can learn) who have joined the colours from this town and district. We shall be glad to add other names if friends will post us.
Capt. W.T. Lockhart, C.A.M.C.
Capt. L.A. Smith, 152nd
Lieut. A.S. Lewis, Welsh Res.
Lieut. D.R. Sargent, 152nd
Segt. V.B. Preston, R.C.D.
Lce-Cpl. A.V. Burnell, R.C.D.
Lcr-Cpl. R. C. Burnell, R.C.D.
Trpr G.L. Taylor, R.C.D.
Pte. L. Hargrave.
Trpr G.M. Southcomb, R.C.D.
Trpr John Davidson, R.C.D.
Pte. R. Stawell.
Pte. W.D. Matheson
Pte. H.J. Robertson,
Pte. R. Lowney
Pte. H.C. Sparling, 1st D.A.P.,
Pte. Sid Archer, British Res.
Trpr Thos. Boyce
Trpt Jas. Critchlow.
Trpr Robert Horseman
Trpr William Jones
Trpr Mark Simpson
Trpr. E. Mathews
Trpr A.J. Farr, 10th C.M.R.
Pte. Fred Lane
Pte Ewart Wright, 78th
Pte. R.A. Branson
Pte. C.M. Husband
Pte. G.R. Ramsey, 48th
Pte. H.C. Wake, 48th
Pte. John Burke
Pte. Fred Kyle, Maeb Trans.
Pte. Frank Marshall
Pte. B.V. Cosgrove, 1st Pioneers
Lieut. G.C. Barbridge, R.C.D.
Pte. J.E.B. Ramsey, Sask. Hosp.
Pte. Walter Wood, 152nd
Pte. Fullerton
Pte. Sheldon Vass, 152nd
Pte. T. Stephenson, Killed in Act’n
Pte Jas. Ramsey, Kill in Act’n
Pte G.D. Joliffe, Kill in Act’n
Pte. S. Hicks, Wounded & dis
Pte. W.O. Shier, I.A. Trans
Pte. W.A. Armstrong, I.A. Trans
Lce-Cpl J.W. Kitching, 152nd
Cpl N.J. Buddy, 152nd
Pte. A.M. Seabrook, 53rd
Pte G.L. Wells, 152nd
Pte G.OL. Wells, 152nd
Pte S.S. Smyer, 152nd
Pte. H.W. Morgan, 152nd
Pte G.H. Critchlow, 152nd
Pte. W.M.C. Jackson
Sergt F.C. Mitchell, 152nd
Pte. L.E. Wells, 46th
Pte. Frank FAir, 46th
Pte. G.G. Davis, 152nd
Pte A.E. King, 152nd
Pte. Chas. H. Wood, 152nd
Pte.Hy Positon, 152nd
Sergt. W.P. Sparling, 212th
Pte. Munro Elliott, C.A.M.C.
Pte. E.H.J. Vincent. C.A.M.C.
Pte. W.B. Butchart, 79th
Pte. Alex Turnbull, 79th
Pte Thos. Ryckman, Area A
Pte Jas Duncan, 161st
Pte Austin Wright
Pte Thos Jones, 48th
Pte B. Horseman
Pte Wm. Gosnell, killed
Pte. Frank A. Bell, 79th fld Amb.
Ptd Maurice Anderson
Pte J.R.B. Baser, 221st
Pte N. Broberg, R.C.D.
Pte Albert Brawn, 152nd
Ptd Arthur Geary
Pte Knox
~Carnduff Gazette April 13, 1916
Note, faint newspaper type, at times hard to read.

Canada now recruiting at the rate of a thousand men daily. 125,000 men have already been sent overseas. Recruiting to continue until we have defeated Germany and Prussianism, and if necessary Canada will send a Million Men to save World’s Civilization.~ Carnduff Gazette. April 20,1916


Each night we panted till the runners came,
Bearing your letters through the battle-smoke.
Their path lay up Death Valley spouting flame,
Across the ridge where the Hun’s anger spoke
In bursting shells and cataracts of pain;
Then down the road where no one goes by day,
And so into the tortured, pockmarked plain
Where dead men clasp their wounds and point the way.
Here gas lurks treacherously and the wire
Of old defences tangles up the feet;
Faces and hands strain upward through the mire,
Speaking the anguish of the Hun’s retreat.
Sometimes no letters came; the evening hate
Dragged on till dawn. The ridge in flying spray
Of hissing shrapnel told the runners’ fate;
We knew we should not hear from you that day—
From you, who from the trenches of the mind
Hurl back despair, smiling with sobbing breath,
Writing your souls on paper to be kind,
That you for us may take the sting from Death.

Carnduff & District Historical Society. A Stake in the West. Carnduff and District. ISBN 0-88925-116-9. Carnduff, SK. Friesen Printers. Altona, MB.

Carnduff Gazette 1914, 1915, 1916 Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan » Islandora Repository » Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online » Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online » Carnduff, SK

Dawson, Coningsby. The Glory of the Trenches.

Royal Canadian Legion No 216 – 202 4th St W, Carnduff, SK Facebook Page

The Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command. Military Service Recognition Book.

Sep 072015

The Rural Municipality of Stanley 215 began as Local Improvement District No. 11-C-2 before becoming L.I.D. No. 215. The Rm office is situated on Third Avenue West in Melville, Saskatchewan. Birmingham, Colmer, Duff, Fenwood, Goodeve, Hirzel, Kelsonia, Pearl Park, Pheasant Forks, Plain View, Robert and Rosemount post offices were within the RM boundaries. The hamlets and villages established within the area were Birmingham, Colmer, Duff, Fenwood, Goodeve, and Westview.

The R.M. of Stanley No. 215 History Book Committee compiled a listing with photographs of those veterans who served in World War I and World War II. They are asking to be contacted if any names were missed inadvertently.

In World War II, Fred and Jack DOCKERILL were killed in action along with Adam GRYGAR, William KOSTYSHYN, Henry LUTZKO, Irvin MILLER. They also list William DANIELS, John FLAT, Gustuf POLISHAK as members of the armed forces who gave the supreme sacrifice, but photos of these were unavailable. They have the veterans listed also for World War I, but without any killed in action.

The Goodeve memorial rink erected a plaque – In memory of the men of this district who gave their lives in the great war 1939-1945. Wm DANIELS, Wm KOSTYSHEN, A GRYGAR, H. Lutzko, A. POLISHAK. Over the years 1949-1952 funds were raised, and the memorial rink constructed.


Treasured Memories Unfold. Rural Municipality of Stanley 215. R.M. of Stanley No. 215 History Book Committee. Box 29. Fenwood, SK. S0A 0Y0. Friesen Printers. Altona, MB. ISBN 0-88925-989-5. 1992,

Sep 042015

The Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills No. 273 is seated in Mikado, Saskatchewan.  Within the rural municpality are the hamlets of Mikado, Hamton, Donwell, Ross Junction, Muloch post office, Mennofeldt post office, Veregin, Dneister post office.  Canora and Gorlitz are just west of the rural municipality near the border.  In the book, The History of R.M. of Sliding Hills No. 273 Mikado, Sask. and their Centennial Park, Theodore T. Onufrijchuk has recorded those service men who sacrificed all 1939 to 1944.


Furman, Stanley was taken during the Dieppe Raid, falling August 19, 1942.

Gulak, John, was killed Sept 8, 1944, and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

Yaholnitsky, Walter, also served with the RCAF was killed in action April, 1943, at the age of 31.

Within the book are pictures of these three men who gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II.


Sliding Hills.  The History of R.M. of Sliding Hills NO. 273, Mikado, Sask. and their Centennial Park.  Theodore T. Onufrijchuk.  Published by R.M. of Sliding Hills in Mikado Sask, Canada May 1967.  Printed by The Enterprise.   1967.

Sep 012015

Cupar, a town on the north west quarter of section 8 township 23 range 16 west of the second meridian is the seat of the rural municipality of Cupar No. 218. The 1954-1955 school students wrote up a history of the CUPAR area. CUPAR school district 972 began as a rural one room schoolhouse under the name of HARRINGTON school district 972 on the north east corner of section 12 township 23 range 17.  In 1907, after serving at the first location for three years, the school house moved into the village of Cupar, it was at this same time that the name changed to CUPAR school district 972.

In their historical booklet they recorded those who served in the Great Wars.

Pte. Feaviour William killed in action 1944
C.M.S. (M.M.) Tenklei Stanley died of wounds incurred
Pte. Kinnard John Killed in action
Major Scott Donald Killed in action
P.O. Renouf John Killed in action
Cpl Rooke Clarence Killed in Action
Sgt. Hughes Walter Killed in service
P.O. Smith Phillip Killed in action
F.S. Smith Peter Kille in action
- Smith Harvey killed in service
- Smith-Windsor G. killed in action
- Fulcher Louis Killed in action

Listed above is a small excerpt focusing on those who gave the supreme sacrifice from the Cupar history booklet, which lists those in the Cupar district who volunteered for active service.

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary raised money and sent packages to the front for the boys in service. During the war, the Cupar Red Cross Society was active, and committees formed to raise funds, send knitting and handwork to the front, and others sent food parcels overseas. A unique idea blossomed. The Cupar and district printed a magazine – the “Cupar Cracker” and this was sent along with the parcels to the boys serving overseas.

The town raised five honour rolls.

  1. the High School
  2. The United Church
  3. The Anglican Church
  4. The Dalrymple School
  5. The Legion Hall

A Cenotaph was erected in Memorial park, which bears a wreath on Remembrance Day, November 11 each year. Fund raising began in 1949, and the newly erected cenotaph was dedicated on Remembrance day of that year. It bears the names of the Cupar district soldiers on a copper plaque. Both the Curling Rink and the Skating Rink built 1954-1955 were dedicated to those who served during the Great Wars. The Canadian Legion meets in the basement of the Recreation Hall. This hall was constructed in 1929. The war veterans in the area added to the Recreation Hall a memorial front. Additionally this same year, the memorial organ was purchased by the United Church Congregation and also dedicated to those who fell while serving their country.

As men arrived home, parties, and welcoming activities were held. Additionally a Christmas Cheer Club hosted a Christmas party for the soldiers who returned.


Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee School Histories 1905-1955 Cupar School District 972
Cupar Golden Jubilee.
Dedicated to the Pioneers of Cupar and District.
Written and Compiled by:
Schools: Room IV
Editorial Board Irene Lautsch
Barbara Turner
Eleanor Lautsch
Lewis Anderson
Artist Ethel Kish
Photographer L.M. MacKnack
Supervised by J.N.W. Elkington and his staff:
Mr. O. Glyn-Jones
Mr. J. Billy
Mr. R. Peters.

Saskatchewan Provincial Archives Finding Aid Number IR21

Title Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee School Histories

R3.9 Microfilm

Aug 272015

Netherhill – a village at north west quarter of section 11 township 29 range 21 west of the third meridian -offered more men to the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) than any other town of its size. Col D.J. MacDonald, George Gear, Wm. J. Bourne, Ira Creed, Harry Ryan, Art Reed, Wm. Schell, John Lloyd, R. Deakins, Alton Leach, C. Sedore, Wm. Young, John King, Andy King, Les Loney, Wm. Scholey, John McRae, R. Menzies, John Dunlop, D.S. Cobb, R.P. Kay, Wm. Huser, Walter Siebert, James Anderson and Wm. Owen. The local branch of the The Great War Veterans’ Association (G.W.V.A.) began operating from the Eagle Lake School house.

Thos. Haddock, C. Togeson, Sgt. Ntzell, Geo. Robinson, Norman Fry-the first soldier casualty of the Canadian army-, George Pennell, Geo. Wellbelove, and Len Dixon did not return from the front, paying the supreme sacrifice.(p. 391-393) George Craig also remembers that Ed Shea, George Herman, Tom Simpson, Arthur Currie lost their lives in the Second World War.(p. 398)

Norman Fry, an army bugler was one of the first Canadian Soldiers to fall in World War I. Fry was a bugler in the English army before he came to Canada. While working for D.J. McDonald, Norman could be heard playing “Reveille” – first call- and “Lights Out”. Corporal Norman Fry of the Princess Pats was killed nearly immediately when the Canadian troops met the Germans. (p. 383 and 398)

Bill Netzel and Leonard Dixon also gave the supreme sacrifice. Others remembered were Bill Bourne, Bill Netzel, Les Loney, Jack King and the McDonald brothers. Toyeson also served with D.J. McDonald with the Strathcona Ligtht Horse. Toyeson was “literally blown to pieces” and nothing was found of him. (p. 383)

William (Bill) John Bourne, settling near Netherhill enlisted in the Winnipeg Rifles – the Little Black Devils. Bourne served as a sniper, and was often accompanied with the company of Tom Longboat. Bourne was injured in the Battle of Hill 70, and was rescued by German prisoners. Returning home on the “Aquitania” a ship converted to a hospital ship, he made it to New York safely despite the ship being torpedoed. (p. 417-419)

The biography of James (Jim) Rogers written up by Mr. and Mrs. B Gunnlaugson and Mrs. C. Ham. for Division 4 from the book; Memoirs of Hillsburgh. Jim had homesteaded on he north east quarter of section 2 township 30 range 19 west of the third meridian near his Uncle Joe. He was taken by snipers in the first world war. (p.145)William and Chester Kurtz,

James Calder from Aberdeenshire, Scotland settled near Brock. He had enlisted in World War I with the N.C.M.R. (Ninth Canadian Mounted Rifles) and the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He recounted an experience aboard ship enroute from Canada when a hurricane arose. The ship went some 500 miles off course due to the rudder of the ship being taken by the storm. (p.199)

Daniel G. Thomas left England to set up homesteading near Brock before enlisting in the first World War serving with the 53rd Battalion in France. After he was wounded he was sent to England to Work in the Orthopedic Hospital as a shoemaker, his first profession in England.

James (Jim) Anderson from Thomesville, ONtario enlisted with the First Canadian Engineers. On his discharge he bought land through the soldier’s settlement board.(p. 319)

D.J. MacDonald served with the Saskatchewan Light Horse Regiment as an officer. In 1914 he left overseas as a lieutenant and the youngest colonel in the Canadian army at the age of 28. He was wounded twice, and later commanded military outfits in Canada. During World War II he was Inspector General for Central Canada until his retirement as Major General. He was awarded the D.S.O. with two bars, the Military Cross, Order of the British Empire, and Order of Orange Nassau. MacDonald’s brother Roddie served as trooper with the Lord Strathcona Horse.(p.364)

Charles (Chas.) S. Smith who settled near Brock signed up for the Great War. To help with the 1916 “bumper crop” several “soldier boys” were granted harvest leave to return home to help out. Charlie Marcroft, Jimmy Campbell, Art Cann, Bob Arnold, Jimmy Thompson, Percy Parks and others were among whose who came home on temporary leave. Smith worked with the Soldier’s Settlement Board after his tour of duty and took up a soldier’s settlement claim near Naicam in 1922. (p. 249)

In the Rural Municipality of Hillsburgh a number of settlers filed homesteads with South African scrip, such as Dexter (Dic) R. Heberlee, and Jamws Millan Cameron to name a few.

Memoirs of Hillsburgh Rural Municipality No. 289 local history book remembers those who fell during the two Great Wars:

World War I:

  • DIXON, Leonard
  • FLEMING, Norman
  • FRY, Norman
  • HADDOCK, Thos.
  • HALDERSON, Kenneth
  • HALL, Fred
  • INGELS, James
  • MARCROFT, Chas.
  • NETZELL, Wm. T.
  • PARKS, Ernest
  • PARKS, Bruce
  • PENNELL, Geo. M
  • ROGERS, James
  • THOMAS, Percy
  • WALKER, Percy
  • YATES, Reginald

World War II:

  • BOVAIR, D.
  • CAMPBELL, Donald J
  • COCHRAN, John
  • CURRIE, Arthur
  • FOREMAN, Robert L
  • HERMAN, Geo.
  • MORE, Phyllis E
  • SHEA, Edward
  • SIMPSON, Thos.

Hillsburgh Rural Municipality 289 no longer exists, it officially disorganised December 31, 1965. Amalgation took place with the Kindersley Rural Municipality No. 290 in 1965, and the Rural Municipality of Elma No. 291 amalgamated in 1951.


Memoirs of Hillsburgh Rural Municipality No. 289 Hillsburgh History Committee. c1955.

Adamson, Julia. 1921 Canada Census: Place of Habitation :: Rural Municipalities Saskatchewan Gen Web E-Magazine.

Aug 052015

The town of Sintaluta is located about 85 km east of Regina on the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Veterans of both World War I and World War II came together to unveil the Sintaluta War Memorial Cross in August 1948, on Decoration Day. This area is served by the Canadian Legion British Empire Service League (B.E.S.L.) Sintaluta Branch and the Royal Canadian Legion #18 Sintaluta Branch.

Some of the names who have fallen from this area were:

Bently Clarence WWI
Bishop Fredrick
Blakley Roy WWI
Boden J.S. WWI
Bogie Charles WWI
Davies Owen WWII
Deane E.B. WWI
Dolter Leo WWI
Forsyth Charlie WWI
Goldsmith Harry WWI
Gotwaltz Captain E.C. WWI
Grey Malcolm WWI
Harper Harry WWI
Hill Laird Robert WWII
Hiscock L.E. WWI
Hodgins David WWI
Jack Alex WWII
Jackson Arthur WWII
Joslyn Harold WWI
Joslyn Robert WWI
Kellow Claud
Luther Norman WWII
McGalasson Joseph WWI
Meers E.S. WWI
Partridge Charlie WWI
Partridge Harold WWI
Reeve Russell WWI
Snelgrove Robert WWI
Wilbur Garfield WWI
Wilson William WWI
Woodhouse Jack (John) WWI

The local history book, Tales of the Red Fox. also lists the veterans who served, and further historical information and photographs for their roll of honour.


Tales of the Red Fox. Assiniboine Reserve, Town of Sintaluta, Districts Allindale, Durham, Blackwood, Red Fox, And Spring Coulee Sintaluta and District History Book Committee. Box 1984 Sintaluta, SK, S0G 4N0. ISBN 0-88925-498-2. 1985. Friesen Printers, Altona, Mb. pages. 157-174

The Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command Sintaluta Branch of the Canadian Legion (pdf) Page 45 Date accessed August 5, 2015.

Memorials Details Search Results Sintaluta two brass plaques CMP Home > DHH Home > Military Memorials NICMM > Memorials Details Search Results National Defence and The Canadian Forces. 2008-04-16. Date accessed August 5, 2015.

Sintaluta, Saskatchewan Wikipedia. 27 July 2015, Date accessed August 5, 2015.

Sintaluta The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center. University of Regina. 2006. Date accessed August 5, 2015.

Jul 142015


Will These World War I War Medals Make Their Way Home?

Can you help?

British War Medal World War One

World War One British War Medal

…..Peter Willcock began a search to locate the descendants of a World War I veteran in the hopes to restore the war medals to the John Bryson’s family ancestors. Beginning in Ontario, this mystery unravels with ancestral clues found overseas in Scotland, and continues with a search for descendants in Western Canada – Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is hoped that the family of John Bryson can be located.

…..Willcock is helping a friend to track down the family. “When my friend was a boy, his family moved into a a rental house in what today is the Toronto area. That’s probably about 50 years ago now. There was a pile of junk in the basement which his mother asked him to clean out. In the process he found this WW1 medal, and he kept it all these years until maybe 5-6 years ago when he tried to start looking for some family member or descendant who might like to have the medal.”

…..Willcock came to his friend’s assistance as he had a computer whereas, his friend was not online. In the course of their online research they have delved into quite a lot of information. They feel that they may have possibly identified grand nieces or nephews in Scotland.

John Bryson

…..The veteran’s name is John Bryson; Regimental Number 105984; who resided on a farm in Indian Head, Saskatchewan in the year 1921. He was single, and aged 38. He was born Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, Scotland in October 31, 1883. He reported an address of Palmer House, Regina, Saskatchewan when he enlisted April 4, 1916. James Bryson, of Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland was given as his next of kin – his father. John’s employment was recorded as teamster. A “teamster” originally “referred to a person who drove a team of draft animals, usually a wagon drawn by oxen, horses, or mules.”

…..In the book, Indian Head : history of Indian Head and district on page 165, the local history book committee state that James Bryson was wounded in World War I, and no other “Bryson” are listed in the World War I honour roll. There is another Bryson mentioned in the book, however, that of Jean Bryson who married James Harvey Francis (1859 Pakenham, Ontario-), namesake of the town of Francis. Miss Jean Craig Bryson (Mrs. Jean Francis) was the daughter of the Honourable Senator George Bryson of Fort Coulonge, Quebec, and together they had a son, Jonathon Francis. George Bryson, Sr. was the son of James Bryson and Jane Cochrane and arrived in 1814 to Ramsay, Lanark, Ontario. George married Robina Cobb in 1845, and had seven children – two of whom were George Bryson Junior, and Thomas Bryson. However, this book makes no mention of John Bryson at all, unless he went by a nick name of James Bryson. Nor is there any evidence that John Bryson was related to the aforementioned Jean Bryson and the notable Bryson figures from Quebec.


Alexander Sr. Bryson (Sandy)

…..It is believed that Alexander Sr. Bryson (Sandy) was John’s uncle, and that Alexander lived in Sintaluta, Saskatchewan. Alexander (1869-Sept 21, 1958) was born 1869 in Eaglesham, Scotland, and had five children after he married Jeanie Moffat (1867-1920). Sandy arrived in 1911, and his family followed in 1912. He lived on township 17 range 11 west of the second meridian. His children were (William) James (1893 – 1933), Alex Jr. (1895-1916 threshing accident), John (Jack) (1897- ), Tom (1900- ), and a daughter Jeanie aged 12 on the 1916 census. Jean went on to marry Mr. Boyd and reside in Vantage, Saskatchewan. Jack and Thomas themselves, relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba according to page 338 of the book, Sintaluta 1880-1984 / Tales of the Red Fox: Assiniboine Reserve, Town of Sintaluta, Districts of Allindale, Durham, Blackwood, Red Fox, and Spring Coulee.

…..The eldest of the family, listed as William in the local history book, and as James on the Canadian Census, enlisted July 28, 1915, recorded his occupation as a farmer at Sintaluta, and married. James Bryson 115055, lists Cambuslang, Scotland, as his place of birth on his enlistment record and went overseas with the 10th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

….Another brother, Corporal John Bryson 115056, born December 10, 1897, enlisted December 19, 1914, at Shorncliff and states that he is, at the time, an unmarried farmer. His next of kin listed was Alexander Bryson, of Sintaluta, Saskatchewan. He also was born in Cambuslang, Scotland. John was placed with the 10th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

….The youngest brother, SPR Thomas Bryson 2504238, enlisted with a birth date of June 9, 1899, and gave his mother, Jeanie Bryron, of Sintaluta, Saskatchewan as his next of kin.  It was a practice for younger men to alter their birth dates in order to enlist and serve their country.  Sapper (abbreviated Spr) is the Royal Engineers’ equivalent of Private He listed that he was a labourer when he signed up in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 1, 1918. Tom recorded Glasgow, Scotland as his location of birth. He initially served with Regina Recruits Engineers.


…..According to Map quest Indian Head and Sintaluta are 18 kilometers (11 miles) apart, and both are currently located on the Trans – Canada 1 highway. In the era of horse and buggy or ox and cart this would enable relatives to help one another out during times of harvest. On average, a horse walks at approximately 4 miles per hour (6.5 km/hour) which would make it a three hour journey between Indian Head and Sintaluta. It was common that relatives would homestead and farm near one another to assist with homestead duties and harvest.

…..On an historical railway map of 1925, it can be see that Indian Head and Sintaluta were both on the Canadian Pacific Transcontinental Railway (West). Indian Head, the closer of the two locations to the provincial capital of Regina is 70 kilomters (44 miles) from that city. Indian Head locates at the legal land location of section 24- township 18- range 13-West of the second meridian at Latitude – Longitude (DMS) 50° 32′ 1″ N, 103° 40′ 3″ W, and Sintaluta at section 33- township 17 – range 11-West of the 2nd meridian or Latitude – Longitude (DMS) 50° 28′ 37″ N, 103° 26′ 59″ W.

…..It is interesting to note that the “The Bryson Maur School Dist No 3312 historical one room school house was located on the SE quarter of section 29 township 24 range 19 W2″. Bill Barry gives the spelling of this same school house as Bryn Mawr school 33312 at the same location; SE 29 24 19 W2. Barry attributes the name to a settler from Wales who named it after Brynmawr in Wales, so it is not likely that the first name Bryson Maur had any roots in this Bryson family.

Can you help?

…..It is with heartfelt wishes that some kind reader recognizes the family, and can come forward as an ancestor of John Bryson, the holder of these World War One Medals. Perhaps the The Royal Canadian Legion may be able to help out. They even have a Sintaluta branch, and an Indian Head branch and so they may even know this John Bryson. “Legion members care deeply about supporting the men and women who serve this country and want to make a difference in the lives of Veterans, contribute to our communities, and Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country…The Royal Canadian Legion [members] …. make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, provide essential services within our communities, and Remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.”

…..Perhaps the Indian Head townspeople can know of the family and can pinpoint the relations of John Bryson, or similarly, Sintaluta historians may remember the family of Alexander Bryson. In this way, the relatives can contact Willcock. The Winnipeg library or archives may have information about John (Jack) Bryson or Tom Bryson in an Henderson’s Directory. The hamlet of or “designated place” of Vantage is considered a ghost town. It may be that the Rural Municipality No. 103 – SUTTON would have information about the residents, and Mrs. Jeanie (nee Bryson) Boyd who took residence there.

….. Trying to identify the family of John Bryson presents a mystery, indeed, to Willcock, and his friend. With a few key details, they are trying to locate the rightful owner of the military medals. By furthering their enquiry online and receiving tips, Willcock searched outside of the province of Ontario. to seek out the rightful owner.

…..In Australia and New Zealand, the Purple Hearts Reunited are groups of researchers have come together to return lost medals to veterans or to their families. With success stories such as lost war medals returned after facebook post, it is hoped, that these war medals, too, may make their way back to John Bryson’s ancestors.

…..These precious mementos bestowed upon a Canadian military veteran, would come home at last if they could be restored. Medals “connect recipients to a time in their lives when serving our nation took precedence over all else. ” As the centenary of the First World War (1914-1918) is being commemorated and remembered, what fitting tribute, that to find the home of a distinctive, original, valuable, irreplaceable medal. This would provide the family with an ancestral connection to their family member who served, and who fought for our country. The medals themselves, honour the man, John Bryson, and the sacrifices he made for this country of Canada.

Follow up:

Posting a query on Ancestry.com posting boards, ELLinSpain, replied that the following may be the family on the census of 1891 and 1901 respectively.

If the issue of John Bryson, born Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, Scotland on October 31, 1883 and settled in Saskatchewan, CA, cannot be found, (moving forward in time), then perhaps the sisters or brothers of John Bryson may have living family to whom the medals could be restored.


James Bryson 50

James Bryson 24

Jane Bryson 22

Adam Bryson 20

Robert Bryson 14

Elizabeth Bryson 12

Isabella Bryson 10

John Bryson 8

Nathaniel Bryson 6

Mark Bryson 3

Paisley High Church

County: Renfrewshire

Address: 2 West Campbell St



James Bryson 60

Robert Bryson 24

Lizzie Bryson 22

Nathaniel Bryson 16

Mark Bryson 13




Name: Mark Bryson

Age in 1911: 24

Estimated birth year: abt 1887

Birth Place: Paisley

Search Photos:

County/Island: Military

Country: England

Military Unit: 1st Battlion Seaport Highlanders

Registration District Number: 641

ED, institution, or vessel: India

Piece: 34990


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Jun 302015

Clouston is located ten miles outside of Prince Albert to the south west. It is situated on section 13 township 27 range 47 west of the second meridian and was located on the Canadian National Railway line.

Harry Dennis gave the supreme sacrifice World War I September 1, 1918. He disembarked from Canada on May 19, 1915 after enlisting at Prince Albert. George Bannerman Senior, George Bennett, Benjamin Clark, H. Erasmus, Ian Hewison, Samuel McKay, and James Woodhouse were all listed as killed in action during the Great War.

In World War II, Harry Anderson was killed in action. Those who did not return from World War II, were Lloyd Adams, Harry Anderson, Louis Brunning, Cecil Fidler, Clarence Lorenson, Clifford Mackie, Norman Massey, Duncan McDonald, William Mitchell, Jack Nelson, James Tait and Irving Wesley.

George Bennett was the son of Alfred Ernest Bennett , and Mary Campbell. George was killed at Passchendale, November 11, 1917, His brothers Thomas and Henry both enlisted but arrived home. Altogether the family had eight children.

James Woodhouse (1895-1917) and his siblings left Wallsend, England arriving in Canada with the Barr Colonists. The first brother, Cuthbert stayed in Canada and filed for homesteads in the Lily Plain district. Two brothers, Edwin and Jim served in World War I. Jim fell in 1917.

Colin McKay, and his brother Larry McKay both served in World War one serving overseas. Colin received serious injuries and died overseas. These brothers were the sons of Thomas McKay and Catherine McBeth.1/

Louis Brunning, born December 27, 1923, was the son of John and Irene Brunning according to the family history written by Marjorie Byers (Brunning). The family had eleven children. Loretta joined the air force, Harold was with the Regina Rifles, and later the air force. Louis was taken on June 6, 1944.

Duncan McDonald, the son of James Alexander McDonald, and Mrs. Lillian McDonald, was born in 1919. Serving as an Air Gunner, he was killed in action of November 9, 1941 while engaged at Hamburg, Germany.

Clarence Lorenson, the son of Leis Lorenson and Mary Ethel Smith. Clarence was born in 1919, the second of six children.

William Mitchell was the son of David Pearne Mitchell, and Elizabeth Selina Mills. David Mitchell served with the British Army Reserve during World War I serving as Corporal, receiving an honourable discharge after injury from sniper fire. William David (Billy) was born April 9, 1921, serving as a gunnery bombadier and navigation instructor. He lost his life on a training mission May 24, 1944 in Dafoe, Saskatchewan. William’s brother, Jack also served in World War Two with the Regina Rifles before transfer to the South Saskatchewan Rifles. Serving overseas, he was wounded, and received an honourable discharge in 1945.

James Tate was the son of Eugene TAte and Maria Adams. They had a family of twelve children. James fell in 1945.

Echoes Of Our Heritage. Chapter:Veterans. ISBN 0-88925-523-7. Clouston History Book. R.R. 3 Box 6 Site 3 Prince Albert, SK. Friesen Printers. Alton, MB.

Jun 222015

The “Shellbrook Chronicle ” on August 26, 1919 ran an article regarding the memorial service held in HOLBEIN SCHOOL DISTRICT 641 one room schoolhouse regarding the servicemen who fell in World War I. Ptes. Leon Hoopfer, Andrew Hislop, Jack Pearce, Paul Skotte, Oscar Soberg were all remembered for their service overseas.

A tombstone was erected by Earl Spencer at the Churchyard at Church Brampton, United Kingdom. The inscription bears the words; “Pte. Leon Edwin Hoopfer, of Holbein, Saskatchewan, Canada, 46th Canadians, D Company, died 20th August 1918, aged 20 years – For Freedeom.” Hoopfer, passed at the Brampton V.A.D. hospital at the age of 20. The Rector of Brampton, R.Leach kept in touch with Leon’s mother, Mrs. R.J. Hoopfer, and let her know of the thoughtfulness of the residents in Brampton.

The Wild Rose and ARea History Book Committee included a veterans section in their book, Footprints of Our Pioneers, Briarlea, Crutwell, Holbein, Nixbet, Rozilee, and Wild Rose. Included are the names and photos of those who served from the Briarlea, Crutwell, Holbein, Nixbet, Rozilee, and Wild Rose areas.

Forest (Forrest) BATHROW, Leon HOOPFER, “Sandy Stuart” James Alexander STUART, Joe BROWN, Harold CHAPMAN, Andrew HISLOP, Augustine KEANE, John MCKAY, Murdock MCKAY, James MILNE, Harold PEARCE, Jack PEARCE, Paul SKOTTE, Oscar SOBERG, Rowest TWISS gave the supreme sacrifice in World War I. Glen Rose CAMPBELL, Keith HADLEY, Neville HADLEY, George HALLIDAY, F.D.J. (Jack) SMITH, Robert TAYLOR fell in World War II.

Forrest BATHROW was the son of Ezra Bathrow who had filed for homestead on the south east quarter of section 10 township 40 range 2 west of the third meridian.

Harold Wilfred Pearce who was born in Gloucestershire, England also fell in the Great War. A homesteader on South West quarter section 25, township 49 range 1 in 1914, Pearce enlisted becoming Sergeant of the 5th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, CEF. He was killed in action July 18, 1917.

James Alexander (sandy) STUART was born in Drumlithie, Scotland, according to Marg Muirhead. Sandy, his sister Nellie and her husband Archie WASON, Sandy’s parents, and a brother Fred followed Sandy’s sister Georgina who had arrived in Canada eight years earlier, and married Walter BROWN. Sandy settled in the Rozilee area of Saskatchewan when he arrived. Sandy signed up to serve in World War I at Winnipeg, Manitoba to serve as a private with the 179th Cameron Highlanders. Sandy was transferred to the 43rd when he arrived in France. On April 17, 1917, the family was told that Sandy was missing in action. The military later informed the family that Sandy was killed on Vimy Ridge.

In the newspaper report that told of J.A. STUART missing in action, the newspaper also reported that “E.J. Nelson, Sturgeon Valley, 188th Battalion, Frank Dreaver, Mistawasis, 188th Batt., Corporal Wilson, late of R.N.W.M. Police, Shellbrook, Coldstream Guards” (page 722) were killed.

Wilbert KEATING settled in the Rozilee district on the north west quarter of section 31 township 49 range 2 west of the third meridian and the south east quarter of section 6 township 50 range 2 west of the third meridian. He fell in World War I, and the family donated his 38-55 Winchester Rifle to the Prince Albert Museum.

Joe BROWN was also born in Drumlithie, Scotland. Joe, and his brother Walter arrive in the area around Rozilee. Joe began homesteading on the north east quarter of section 6 township 50 range 2 west of the third meridian. Joe served as Lance Corporal when he wrote home from France.

Robert TWISS filed on the north east quarter of section 4 township 50 range 1 west of the third meridian near Briarlea. It was right around the time that he filed for his homestead that he enlisted in the service, and not much is known locally about him. His sister received title to his land when he fell at Vimy Ridge during the war. Robert Dudley TWISS enlisted in Prince Albert in 1915, and served as Lieutenant with the 43rd Battalion, Manitoba Regiment.

Of the nine children born to Cecil and Pearl HADLEY, four served in the armed forces, and two were lost. <A href="http://svwm.ca/casualty-display/?ID=A000008075È"Captain Neville Hughes HADLEY'éa" served with the South Saskatchewan Regiment and fell August 28, 1944. Flying Officer Keith Bayfield HADLEY served with the Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF until April 25 1944 when was taken.

Footprints of Our Pioneers, Briarlea, Crutwell, Holbein, Nizbet, Rozilee, and Wild Rose. 1990. ISBN 0-858925-917-8 Wild Rose and Area History Book Committee. Shellbrook, SK. Friesen Printers.

Jun 132015

David Vivian Currie, VC, CD was born July 8, 1912 and served in the Second World War with the 29th Canadian Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (South Alberta Regiment). Currie was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry while in command of a group of tanks and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada infantry while posted at St. Lambert-sur-Dives.

Currie was given the task “on 18 August 1944 to capture and hold the village of St Lambert-sur-Dives during the fighting to block the escape route of large German forces cut off in the Falaise pocket.[2]” “The Germans were out in the open; the Canadians were dug in. ‘We were lucky,’ Currie said, ‘We suffered no casualties from our own guns, but it had a very devastating effect on the Germans.’” [3]

The London Gazette article of Friday November 1944 recounts the honour when King George V1 pinned the Victoria Cross on Currie’s Chest. Currie was rushed to Buckingham Palace to receive the award. This newspaper article says; “The courage and devotion to duty shown by Major Currie during a prolonged period of heavy fighting were outstanding and had a far-reaching effect on the successful outcome of the battle.” “When had he first heard of the award? Well his unit commander had called him in. He just said, “You’re now Major Currie, V.C.” How did he feel? Well it was a jolt. He had to sit down very suddenly to get over the shock.”[1]

Currie had joined the militia in 1939, and the Regular Army in 1940. He moved quickly up the ranks, promoted to Lieutenant and then to Captain by 1941. In 1944 he was awarded the rank of Major.

Currie retired from the army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Upon retirement from the militia, he served eighteen years as a Sergeant at Arms in the Canadian House of Commons. Currie was also awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration ( “CD”) which is bestowed upon Canadian Forces personnel after completion of twelve years military service

The Lt. Colonel D.V. Currie Armoury In Moose Jaw is named in his honour as is Currie Avcnue in Montgomery Place of the City of Saskatoon. Ontario has erected an historical plaque in his honour.

Currie was born in the town of Sutherland, Saskatchewan. The town was annexed in 1956 as a neighbourhood in the city of Saskatoon. Currie survived the war, passing away June 20 1986 at the age of 73 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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[1] Scott, Lieut. Jack. Major Currie Given jolt when told of V.C. award. The Maple Leaf. November 28, 1944. Google news archive. Date accessed June 13, 2015.

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[3] Whitaker, Shelagh and Dennis Whitaker. Normandy: The Real Story Edition unabridged. Random House Publishing Group, 2009. ISBN 0307538974, 9780307538970. Digitized online by Google Books. Date accessed June 13, 2015.