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.

SOURCE:
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.

Sep 252013
 

 

V34087 John Thompson (age 24), a cook aboard HMCS Regina and the son of Robert Parker and Helena Thompson of Prince Albert was one of the seamen honoured on Sunday 22 September 2013 at an unveiling ceremony held on Navy Way in Regina in front of the HMCS Queen naval reserve unit.

The Friends of the Navy have honoured Royal Canadian Navy sailors who hail from Saskatchewan, particularly those who fell in World War II. The new Saskatchewan Naval monument honours the naval ships, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Weyburn and HMCS Regina which were both lost during World War II. HMCS Weyburn was commemorated earlier during the centennial year of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2010 on the 67th anniversary of its sinking. (One other naval vessel paid tribute to a Saskatchewan community, HMCS Waskesiu survived the war and was sold to the Indian navy in 1950.)

HMCS Weyburn (K 173) was a flower class corvette mainly serving in the Battle of the Atlantic. This smaller ship was needed as an escort ship and equipped by minesweeping gear. However, on 22 February 1943 at 11:17AM the Weyburn struck a large SSMA (Sonder Mine A) magnetic mine laid by German submarine U-118 three weeks earlier. The mine, new technology for the time, could be laid as deep as 350 meters, and the Weyburn was one of its first victims. Of the 83 officers and men aboard the Weyburn 12 died and there were 71 survivors.

HMCS Regina (K 234) was another Saskatchewan namesake for the province’s capital city. HMCS Regina was also a flower class corvette engaged in escort duties in the Second World War. The American liberty ship the Ezra Weston was a cargo vessel carrying war material to the theatre of war when she took a torpedo from U-667. Her only escort was the HMCS Regina which was under the impression that the merchant ship had fallen victim to a mine. When the Regina turned to assist the flailing ship and pick up survivors, the U-boat then also fired on the corvette. Within 30 seconds on 8 August 1944 at 9:27PM one officer and 27 men were killed.

Robert Watkins, a prairie sailor out of Winnipeg, sums it up this way: “During the war the one thing I was scared of was the submarines, if the supply lines from Canada and the US had dried up on account of the U-boats Britain would have gone under.”

Alongside John Thompson, V11460 Douglas Peter Robertson RCNVR , son of Robert Angus and Elizabeth Jane Robertson of Saskatoon, fell 8 August 1944 in his capacity as Petty Officer Stoker aboard HMCS Regina. As well, V34478 John Charles Henry Rathbone RCNVR , son of John and Florence Rathbone of Regina, who took on the duties of supply assistant, did not survive his wounds incurred that fatal evening. These three Saskatchewan prairie naval reservists lost their lives along with their crew mates, British and Canadian sailors.

The Fall Action Stations magazine reports that “exactly how many Saskatchewanians served in the RCN during the war is hard to estimate as many volunteered at recruiting offices outside the province. And due to wartime staffing pressures, sailors from a particular city or town rarely served on the ship bearing its name.”

For instance, V11616 Joseph McGrath, son of Margaret McGrath of Saskatoon, served aboard HMCS Athabaskan and was one of those honoured in the commemorative naming program of the Saskatchewan Geographic Names Board with the naming of McGrath Lake. Natural geographic features across Saskatchewan honour armed forces personnel and merchant sailors from the Second World War and the Korean War, and also those who fell during peacekeeping missions or in Afghanistan.

The Naval Memorial erected at a cost of about $3,000 was spearheaded by Doug Archer, chairman of the Friends of the Navy, and Steve Smedley. There are over 6,000 war memorials in Canada remembering those who fought with courage. Saskatoon’s Next of Kin Memorial Avenue at Woodlawn cemetery is a national historic site. Both the Regina cemetery and the North Battleford cemetery are homes to two of the 28 Crosses of Sacrifice. Alongside these memorials, the Royal Canadian Legion branches and towns across Saskatchewan have erected monuments and cenotaphs honouring those who fell in military service from their community.

Quoting Lieutenant James Balfour, himself a prairie seaman, serving in the naval reserve stemmed from “the belief that there are things that are more important than just you as an individual, it’s about serving your country and doing something for the good of others.”

Terrence McEachern of the Leader Post quoted Doug Archer, former mayor of Regina: “We are so truly blessed that others have gone before us to preserve our freedom and our democracy. We need to honour them and never forget the contribution they’ve made.”

Article written by Julia Adamson

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