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.

Bibliography

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,

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
  • PEACOCK, J.
  • PENNELL, Geo. M
  • RIGHTON, W.
  • ROBINSON, Geo
  • ROGERS, James
  • THOMAS, Percy
  • TORGESON, G.E.
  • WALKER, Percy
  • WEATHERSPOON, David
  • WELLBELOVE, Geo.
  • YATES, Reginald

World War II:

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

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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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:

SURNAME Given
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.

Bibliography:

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


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Aug 072014
 

World War One Remembered at the University of Saskatchewan

Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration CommitteeHonourRollAddendum-Professor Dean McNeil trumpet solo-2
Honour Roll Addendum
Professor Dean McNeil Trumpet Solos
On Thursday August 7, 2014 the “Honouring our heroes” program commemorated those students, faculty and staff who fought in the First World War (1914-1918) in Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building on the University of Saskatchewan Campus. According to the University of Saskatchewan media advisory, Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart, and history student Eric Story related that this is the first of many commemorative events planned in honour of the centennial year. World War I commenced August 4, 1914.
Pezer recounted that while World War I “produced unprecedented slaughter” of those “sent forth to the Great War”, the effects of the war had a “profound effect upon the province” as well as established a “growing sense of national pride.” “Beyond fighting there were many ways that the University” contributed to the war effort, such as chaplin Edmund Oliver who joined the Western Universities Battalion with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). Edmund helped to establish the University of Vimy Ridge and worked on the battle fields in France serving the sick, the wounded soldiers, and advising families when enlisted personnel gave the supreme sacrifice.

Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee veiled plaques honouring our heroes
Veiled Plaques Honouring our heroes
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee r, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart - history student Eric Story-Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart, history student Eric Story, Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer.
Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee veiled plaques honouring our heroes Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart - history student Eric Story-Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart, history student Eric Story, Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer

 

Research conducted by Professor Emeritus of History, Michael Hayden, found those names missing during the original commemoration services held by the University of Saskatchewan. 349 men and one woman are named on the walls of the Peter McKinnon Building National Historic Site of Canada (the former College Building ). Memorial ribbons are inscribed with the names of 298 military personnel, noting additionally those who were wounded wounded, or killed in action. Accompanying the ribbons are 34 names mostly of the Royal Air Force. Another 23 names commemorate the volunteer nurses of the Emmanuel College Hospital who served during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic. The names of 18 service personnel were dedicated at this ceremony on a plaque unveiled August 7, 2014. This plaque will be mounted outside of Convocation Hall and in this way these eighteen heroes of World War I will be honoured prominently in the first building erected on the University of Saskatchewan grounds.

Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee slide show
Slide Show
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Eric Story History Student
Eric Story History Student University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Interview of MichaelHayden at Honouring our Heroes
Interview of MichaelHayden at Honouring our Heroes
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J.G. Diefenbaker Memorial Ribbon

 

Following speeches given by Pezer, Barnhart and Story, the names of those commemorated on the plaque were read out. The “Last Post” trumpet solo rang out by Professor Dean McNeil. A moment of silence followed and then the “Reveille” trumpet solo rung out paying especial tribute to those students, faculty and staff named upon the plaque.

Barnhart related a lesson taken on by history students where each pupil in the class was assigned a country. The assignment was to “trace through hour by hour and day by day the events leading up to … August 4, 1914, the beginning of the first world war one”. Such an indepth study brings home the politics one hundred years ago, that even though August 4 officially started the war, there were many contributing factors and forces in play which finally gave way to the imminence of war.

Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Memorial Ribbons Admiration
Memorial Ribbons Admiration
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Petty Officer 1st Class Warren Noble CD Recruiter
University of Saskatchewan
Memorial Ribbons Plaque
Petty Officer 1st Class Warren Noble CD Recruiter
HMCS Unicorn
National Defence
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Honour Roll Addendum Professor Dean McNeil Trumpet Solos
Honour Roll Addendum ~ Professor Dean McNeil Trumpet Solos
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Petty Officer 1st Class Warren Noble CD Recruiter Sub Lieutenant Alicia Morris
Petty Officer 1st Class Warren Noble CD Recruiter
Sub Lieutenant Alicia Morris
HMCS Unicorn
National Defence

 

Though the University had only been open for seven years, Barnhart recounts that within three months of the First World War commencement, a recruitment program was in place. Seventy five per cent of the student body saw active service. Alongside students, staff and faculty served in the war effort. So many were absent from the College of Engineering, that it was forced to close during the 1916-7 academic year amid the Great War. Students were given one year’s credit towards their degree program which at the time they felt was a triumphant entitlement as the war was predicted to last short of one year. Faculty positions were held for all those who had enlisted.

During the renovations of the Peter McKinnon building a special insulation was installed over the memorial ribbons which was then encased in plywood casings to preserve the historic carvings. In this way no paint, no hammer nor any construction event could damage the commemorative ribbons.

“War changed Canada,” Barnhart affirmed, “in many ways Canada was no longer a colony”. Canada may have entered the Great War as a colony, however emerged as a country in its own right signing the armistice alongside the Allies of World War I on November 11, 1918.

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G Swift-J D Cumming-H J Blair-Memorial Ribbons

Story spoke on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan’s Great War Commemoration Committee which is chaired by Professor Emeritus Bill Waiser. This ceremony, the “Remember Us – Honouring our heroes” unveiling ceremony is the inaugural event sponsored by the Great War Commemoration Committee, there will be many more memorial events upcoming in the next four years.

Joseph Boyden has been scheduled to give a talk about two aboriginal snipers of World War I whom he wrote about in the much acclaimed novel, “Three Day Road”. There is in the making the “Great War Soiree” which will feature a theatrical number, and a musical score in tribute to the First World War.

In the works, is a public talk by Brain Gable, University of Saskatchewan alumnus, and award winning cartoonist for the Globe and Mail. Gable depicts editorial or political cartoons, containing commentaries and illustrations relating to the effects that the Great War had on society during the contemporary news releases of the Great War Centenary. His cartoons provide insight into issues and historical context of World War I embracing sensitivity, seriousness and satire on the outcome of events with a point of view 100 years later.

Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee College Building Plaque
College Building Plaque
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Memorial Peter McKinnon Building National Historic Site College Building
Peter McKinnon-(College Building) National Historic Site
Honouring our heroes - Remember Us - University of Saskatchewan Great War Commemoration Committee Peter McKinnon Building -College Building Plaque.
Peter McKinnon Building -College Building Plaque

 

Proposals yet to come from the Great War Commemoration Committee may feature the following. In 2016, a feature based upon the “The Antiques Road Show” will take place showcasing memorabilia, artefacts and antiques from the Great War. A culinary week is in progress studying the recipes and foods sustaining the appetites during the First World War years. Finally in 2018, the University of Saskatchewan Archives website will be completed and expanded with an grand ceremony unveiling featured topics such as “How to research”, blogs and articles on the Great War.

While Story suggests these as tantalizing morsels of events yet to come over the next four years, this is by no means an exhaustive list. To follow more about plans undertaken by the Great War Commemoration Committee please see their facebook page and twitter page online.

World War I ~ “The war to end all wars”~ how is it remembered? The Great War Commemoration Committee tackles the issues, the evolution, and culture of the war years, and its impact on the University and its role in the greater community of the city of Saskatoon, the province of Saskatchewan the nation of Canada on the world stage. The evolution of the University was inevitable and dramatic during the war years contrasting sharply with the life of contemporary students, faculty and staff. The University of Saskatchewan’s motto Deo et Patriæ (Latin) translates to For God and Country.‘Deo et Patriae’ has been the guiding slogan of the university since its foundation, and the strength and fervor of that slogan were amply demonstrated during the dark years of the War, when students and professors marched shoulder to shoulder in the grim chaos of Flanders.”
Saskatoon Star Phoenix [Saskatoon Daily Star] July 15, 1926.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HONOUR ROLL ADDENDUM
Andrew Melville Anderson
Albert F. Bailey
Louis Brehaut 28th Bn.
John Rich Bunn Can. Army Med. Corps.
Harry Ray Contelon 1st Univ. Co., PPCLI,D
William Kenneth Forbes
J.W. French R.A.F.
General Middleton Grant 1st Depot Bn.
David Robert Green 1st Depot Bn., R.F.C.
William James Hall
William Cameron MacIntosh 28th Bn., 65th Overseas BN.
Kenneth McKenzie 196th Bn.
Vernon Ulysses Miner
Andrew Ernest Stewart
Robert Stewart 65th Bn, 72nd Bn, Wounded.
George Moir Weir
John McIntyre White Y.M.C.A. 46th Bn
Paul Peter Wiklund 44th Bn., Killed

 

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Jul 302014
 

The military records and photographs of service personnel are included in the local history book of the title; From Bush to Grain A History of Albertville, Meath Park and District. From amongst these records there were included seven casualties. Marc Babineau was killed in action during World War I. Arthur Brunelle, Irving Johns, Lorenzo Pellerin, Henri Provencher, Alfred Samson and Florence Van Grinsvan gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II.

The village of Meath Park locates at section 31-township 51- range 23-West of the 2nd meridian at Latitude – Longitude : 53º 26′ 30” N, 105º 22′ 0” W. The village is north west of the intersection created by Saskatchewan highways 120 and the Northern Woods and Water Route, highway 55. The early name for Meath Park was Sucker Creek. The village of Albertville locates 13 kilometers or 8 miles from Meath Park.

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Jul 272014
 

Prairie Echoes A History of Aspenshaw, Nolin (Hamlin), McMillan School Districts. has published a roll of honour memorializing all of the veterans who served in the military from the area north of North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Hamlin is currently listed as an unincorporated area 11.42 kilometres (7.09 miles) north of North Battleford.  Hamlin locates at section 18- township 45- range 16-West of the 3rd meridian or Latitude – Longitude :     52º 52′ N, 108º 19′ W just to the west of Saskatchewan Highway 4.  North Battleford is located at south west section 8 township 44 range 16 west of the third meridian at Latitude – Longitude :     52º 45′ 27” N, 108º 17′ 10” W at the intersections of Saskatchewan Highways 4, 16 and 40.

From the local history book listing, those who gave the supreme sacrifice are listed here. Those taken in World War One were Richard D. Ellis, Charles Fletcher Hicks, and John A. McMillan. Killed in service during World War II was Harry Hoganson.

A write up is provided in the North Battleford “Remembrance Day” paper of 1974 about John Archibald McMillan (1838-1918) who served with the 5th Battalion Canadian-British Expeditionary Force. In the Saskatoon Star Phoenix Friday May 5, 1944 edition is a tribute to Corporal Harry L. Hoganson and family. The poem “Somewhere in France” was published by the Hamlin Community History Book Committee in the book, Prairie Echoes A HIstory of Aspenshaw, Nolin (Hamlin), McMillan School Districts.

Per ardua ad astra
Royal Air Force RAF Motto
“Through adversity to the stars”
“Through struggle to the stars”

Fred Walker contributed a report about the Hamlin Airport, a relief landing field for the North Battleford No. 35 British Commonwealth Air Training School. One or two relief airfields were located within 10–15 km of every principal airfield. The No. 1 Relief Airfield was denoted as “R1″ in RCAF Station diaries. The school also utilized another auxiliary landing strip at Brada airport. The field at Hamlin on section 17 township 45 range 16 west of the third meridian was operational by the school between September 4, 1941 to February 25, 1944. Walker continued to recount the history of the “McIntosh Field” North Battleford (Cameron McIntosh) airport. The Commonwealth Training Program would be established here during World War II. Following the dissolution of No. 35 Service Flying Training School, the St. Hubert Quebec No. 13 SFTS made use of the fields and aerodrome until the spring of 1945.

On October 8, 1944 a Royal Air Force Memorial Window was dedicated by the Bishop of Saskatoon at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in North Battleford. The names of the RAF personnel who gave the supreme sacrifice during World War II at the Air Force Training Base are listed in the article by Bruce Forsyth, No. 35 SFTS & No. 13 SFTS, North Battleford

Alongside the write up about the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) in the book, Prairie Echoes A History of Aspenshaw, Nolin (Hamlin), McMillan School Districts., is a roll of honour dedicated to the known air crews who lost their lives while training. LAC T.D. Bower; Sgt. J.L. Clarke; LAC F.C. Cannings; LAC N. Cheethan; Sgt. F. Cunningham; Sgt. J.D. Douglas; LAC B.T. Evans; Sgt. L.G. Firmage; LAC. O. Firmin; CPl B.J. Ford-Smith; F.O. A.A. Gree; LAC P.J. Haley; Cpl. J. Hayes; P.O. R. Herries; P.O. D.H. Hodgkinson; Sgt. L.S. Hodgkins; Sgt. K. Holt; LAC J. Hutchinson, A C2 W.J. Keenan; F.O. A.J.R. Knights; Cpl. T.E.E. Leahy; LAC. G.E. Lyons; Cpl. F.A. Mitchell; Sgt. N.I. Mellor; Muriel Almyra North; Sgt. F.J.B. Rawlings; LA2 J.J. Riley; LAC T. Robinson; LAC E.J. Thomas; AC2 E.F. Thompson; F.O. J. Tomalin; LAC R. Wangh; LAC B.D. Wickham.


“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

― Winston Churchill

 

Article by Julia Adamson

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Bill Barry, Geographic Names of Saskatchewan (Regina: People Places Publishing, 2005) ISBN 1-897020-19-2.

Brown. Howard Leyton. Royal Air Force Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center. University of Regina. 2006. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Dunmore, Spencer. Wings for Victory. McClelland & Stewart. Trade pbk. ed edition. 1995.ISBN-10: 0771029187. ISBN-13: 978-0771029189.

List of British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Facilities in Canada. Wikipedia. May 9, 2014. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Forsyth, Bruce. No. 35 Service Flying Training School & No. 13 Service Flying Training School (North Battleford) (www.militarybruce.com). Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial. May 12, 2013. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Forsyth, Bruce. Canadian Military History The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  2014.   Date accessed July 27, 2014.

O’Malley, Tim Johnston and Bruce Forsyth. Ghosts of Saskatchewan. Vintage Wings of Canada. 2013. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Per Ardua Ad Astra Wikipedia. January1 19, 2014 Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Popular Searches of the Local History Collections Database. Graduating Class of Service Flying Training School No. 4 Group photo of S.F.T.S. Course graduates. Group photo of S.F.T.S. Course graduates. Saskatoon Public Library. Date accessed July 27, 2014

Prairie Echoes. A History of Aspenshaw, Nolin (Hamlin), McMillan School Districts plus a small rural area north and adjacent to North Battleford, Saskatchewan Compiled by the Hamlin Community History Book Committee. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9864768-0-8. Ultra Print Services. North Battleford, SK.

RCAF Station North Battleford 20 November 2013 Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Royal AirForce Commands Forum November 9, 2009. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Sadlowski, Julian. North Battleford Historic Walking Tour. Tourism Saskatchewan. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

SAIN photographs Collection Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Item Hillyard Photographs Collection A-23 Royal Air Force (RAF) Service Flying Training School (SFTS) at North Battleford. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

Search Place Names. Natural Resources Canada. Earth Sciences. Government of Canada. 2014. Date accessed July 27, 2014.

May 292014
 

Delisle Region | Roll of Honour

In the book, Through the years… Delisle Donavon Gledhow and O’Malley Laura Swanson , there is a picture of the cenotaph erected by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 184, and a listing of those who served in World War I and II.

E.A. Blacklay, Sam Kellon, S. Kjelland, and J.W. Ralph gave up their lives in the first Great War.

Wm. Earl, Elwood Glauser, Walter Gramson, Arthur Green, Wilf Hathway, M.A. Martin, Eddie Nugent, and Omar Olson paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the second world war.

Delisle Royal Canadian Legion Branch 184 was founded in June of 1933. This branch “arranged for a veteran’s plot in the local cemetery” and erected a cenotaph which reads “In honour of the illustrious dead of Delisle and District and in honour of our living heroes who have defended us in all our wars.”* The branch continues to support the community in many and varied capacities.

Bibliography:

 

Canadian Virtual War Memorial has a page on Walter John Gramson of the Royal Canadian Airforce husband of Veronica M. Gramson, and son of Lawrence Edward and Mary M. Gramson of Delisle. Veterans Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2014-05-15.

The Commonwealth War Graves The Delisle Municipal Cemetery is listed as having one Commonwealth war grave from World War One and one from the second world war. Traces of War.com STIWOT. 2014.

*Military Memorials NICMM National Defence and the Canadian Forces. Chief Military Personnel. Government of Canada. Depicts an image of the cenotaph in Delisle. 2008-04-16

*The Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command. Commemorative History Book. 1926-2006. A Collection of Memories, Activities, and Community Commitment from our Branches and Members throughout the Province! Royal Canadian Legion.

Shillington, Ned. The Descendants of Thomas Kerfoot mention that Earl Donald Shillinton from Delisle served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Calgary, AB. 2009.
Page 205.

Spencer, Dick. Singing the Blues: The Conservatives in Saskatchewan Mentions that Alvin Hamilton born in Kenora, ON, and resident of Delisle, SK on a farm with relatives, served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight lieutenant when World War i broke out. Edition illustrated Publisher University of Regina Press, 2007 ISBN 0889772061, 9780889772069

Through the years… Delisle Donavon Gledhow and O’Malley Laura Swanson Compiled and published by Delisle Women’s Institute. Book Committee. 1972.

 

 

May 272014
 

Vanscoy is a village located at Lat (DMS) 52° 00′ 00″ N Long (DMS) 106° 59′ 00″ W Dominion Land Survey Section 17, Township 35, Range 7, West of the 3rd meridian, 29 km southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The book, They plowed the way and we followed written by the Vanscoy and District History Book Committee in 1980, lists those who served in the Great Wars from Vanscoy and area. Those who offered the ultimate sacrifice were, Harry Boyle, Air Force; Howard Peterson, Air Force; David Baptist, Sr. Army; Edward Rowe, Army; and Roy Nystedt, Army.

Roy Stanley Nystedt, was a private who lost his life at the age of 22 near Imjin River, South Korea. He was the son of Ragnar Oscar Nystedt and Elizabeth Grace Rayburn of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan.

“Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.”~Pierre Trudeau

Author Julia Adamson

Bibliography
Canadian Virtual War Memorial CVMM Veterans Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2014-05-15 Date accessed May 27, 2014.

Vanscoy and District History Book Committee. They plowed the way and we followed. ISBN 0-88925-157-6. 1980. Friesen Printers. Altona, MB.

May 272014
 

Paddockwood Roll of Honour

Paddockwood is a village in Saskatchewan, Canada located 48.52 kilometers (30.15 miles) north of Prince Albert at Lat (DMS) 53° 31′ 00″ N Long (DMS) 105° 34′ 00″ W Dominion Land Survey Section 25, Township 52, Range 25, West of the 2nd meridian.

It is interesting to note that “the Paddockwood District was settled by many First World War Veterans taking up homesteads and developing the community, through the Soldier Settlement Board.”*

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 -Paddockwood was formed in 1926 replacing the Great War Veterans Association which served veterans and spouses. The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxillary Branch Number 31 was formed in 1927.

F. Pitts, J. Mowbray, D. Daisley, G. Brown, and W. Beethem were lost in World War I. J.A. Beck, E. Backman, L. Craig, A. Chyney, H. Judd, E. Land, D. McConnechy, W. McIntyre, M. Rankin, M. Sorenson, J. Thompson, J. Weedon, and J. White gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II.

Cordwood and Courage 1911-1982 Paddockwood, Beaton, Chesley, Chiefswood, Dorothy I-II, Elk Holme, Elkrange, Birchbark, Howard Creek, Melba, Moose Lake, Pine Valley, Surrey local history book written by the Paddockwood and District History Book Committee 1982 lists the names of those who served in both Great Wars, as well, as those who served post war, and in the Korean War.

John Dinius serving with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Third Battalion served in the Korean War. According to the Prince Albert Herald, Dinius noted “If you’re telling stories you’re making it look like there’s something good about it or exciting about it, but when you’re in it, it’s just a dirty rotten job — that’s all it is”

The Herald reported that 516 Canadians died overseas during the Korean War. Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial notes that 39 of these were from Saskatchewan.

The Royal Canadian Legion 31 from Paddockwood made a donation towards the establishment of the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 and commemorative events are being held June 2014 in both Canada and France.

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”~John Diefenbaker

The Paddockwood Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 mentions that their motto is “To Serve Our Veterans and Our Country” as reported in the Command History Book along with the history of the Royal Canadian Legion Branches in Saskatchewan.

Author Julia Adamson

Bibliography:

Paddockwood and District History Book Committee 1982. Cordwood and Courage 1911-1982 Paddockwood, Beaton, Chesley, Chiefswood, Dorothy I-II, Elk Holme, Elkrange, Birchbark, Howard Creek, Melba, Moose Lake, Pine Valley, Surrey ISBN 0-88925-407-9, Friesen Printers Altona, MB. 1982.

Clarke, Tyler. Korean Peace Treaty hits 60 years -Image:Paddockwood area veteran John Dinius is seen during the Korean War with two Korean Augmentation Troops Commonwealth Division solders. April 05, 2013

* The Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command Commemorative History Book 1926-2006 A collection of Memories, Activities and Community Commitment from our Branches and Members throughout the Province! Page 55 (pdf)

Presentation and hanging of the post World War Two Honor Roll. Paddockwood Legion Branch #31
from Royal Canadian Legion album
Together We Served.com

Juno Beach Centre Contributing Legions. 2014.

May 132014
 

The Park Valley History Committee came together to write the book Wilderness to Neighbourhoods, Lake Four, Park Valley, Rabbit Bluff, Stump Lake, and Millard Hill published in 1992. Within the book they pay tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the two great wars, the Korean War and the Boer War from the area of Saskatchewan.

Park Valley is 22.5 kilometers (fourteen miles) northeast of Debden. Traveling along provincial highway the village of Debden is located 94.18 kilometres (55 58.52 miles) from Prince Albert approximately an hour away and traveling along Saskatchewan provincial highway 12 Debden is 193.06 kilometres (119.96 miles) from Saskatoon about a two and a half hour drive. Debden is northwest of Prince Albert and north of Saskatoon.

Within the Wilderness to Neighbourhoods local history book are photos of those recorded in the roll of honour, as well as a newspaper article of those who returned home aboard the Queen Elizabeth troopship in November of 1945.

World War I 1914-1918
Haldorson Hans
Herdman Gordon
Martin Louis, Sr
Millard Fay
Millard Emmet
Newman Charlie
Rutley David
Schuler Fred
Skilliter John
World War II 1939 to 1945
Adair W. Roscoe
Bergstrom Fred
Bickert Diedrick
Bloom Allen
Brunet Leonard
Bueckart Benjamin
Campbell Frank
Campbell George
Carey Edward R
Danielson Erhard
Erickson Andrew
Erickson Leonard
Erickson Viggo
Erickson Walter
Ethier Andrew
Frost Charles
Haldorson Hans
Head Eugene
Head Gerald
Heimbechner Jacob, Jr
Herdman Gordon
Huard Clifford
Lemire Gilbert
Lillyengreen Robert
Martin Joseph
Mayo Robert
McGinnis Archibald Warren
McGinnis Phillip
Meyers Joe
Miller Fred
Olson Bertle
Olson Clarence
Olson Olaf B
Olson Ollie
Premischook William
Rask Fred
Rusk David
Rusk Joseph
Schapansky Anne
Schapansky Kaye
Schuler Fred
Short J.B.
Sinclair Hubert
Skilliter Albert Gerald
Skilliter Robert William
Smith Ernest C
Sten Edwin
Stevens Lawrence
Sundberg Ernest
Sundberg Melvin
Vaadeland Arne
Wilson Chester
Ytterberg Thord
Ziegler Alfred
Ziegler George
Ziegler Oliver
Korean War 1950 – 1953
Heimbechner Arnol
McGinnis Stewart
Skilliter James Wilde
Peace Time
Arcand Bruno
Arcand Marcel
Bickert Betty
Duvall Barry
Jonasson Clifford
Keatling Wilbert
Meyers Tracy
Short Leola
Skilliter Floyd
Skilliter Dorothy
Skilliter Ron
Viberg Allan
Wasstrom Sune

There was only one casualty for the Boer War (1880–1881 and 1899–1902) from the area, W. Arthur Duvall. Anker Petersen servd with the Danish Navy, and Erick Peterson served with the United States of America Army.

Bibliography:
Park Valley History Committee. Wilderness to Neighbourhoods, Lake Four, Park Valley, Rabbit Bluff, Stump Lake, and Millard Hill. Friesen Printers. Manitoba. 1992. ISBN 1-55056-095-6