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,

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.

Source:
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 122015
 

Elfros and Leslie, Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Leslie Branch 172, Royal Canadian Legion Elfros Branch 237, Elfros Ladies Auxiliary R.C.L. No. 237 Saskatchewan Command and Leslie Ladies Auxiliary organized in tribute to those veterans who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces. These organizations honour those comrades who have fallen in the past and to honour those who continue to serve in the future. Veterans and their dependants can rest assured of the support of these fraternal organizations formed to work for the welfare of their Comrades, their families and the community.

Elfros Branch 237 formed April 30, 1945. They, along with the other organisations, hope to continue assisting Veterans, Comrades, and the community for many years to come

The history book committee in charge of the two volume set; From Prairie Trails to the Yellowhead provided history about the Rural Municipality of Elfros #307, the villages of Elfros and Leslie, along with the hamlet of Mozart. They provided as many military pictures as they could obtain, as well as a listing of those who served with the Canadian Forces. Along with the memories of the veterans, they provided the discharge certificate for Edward James Attfield who served with the First Depot Battalion Sask Regiment, a photo of the cover to a ration book, and a City of Elfros sample certificate welcoming home their comrades A group picture of the 223 Battalion (Scandinavian), Troops leaving Elfros W.W.I, and the No. 16 Platoon of 214 Overseas Battalion, and the names of those in the group image. Another photograph depicts Carl Sveinson, and bomber crew on bond selling mission, and the Girl Guides who form a Guard of Honour. There is another group image of five armed forces personnel, C. McPhail, Cever Johnson, Peter Bennett and David Hunter. Eleven other group pictures feature two or three people in the images, these are along with the many individual military personnel photos included in the book.

 

Elfros village is located at 51° 44′ 36″ N, 103° 51′ 39″ W section 13-township 32-range 14-West of the 2nd meridian. It is northeast of Regina and southeast of the Quill Lakes at the junction of Provincial Highways 16 and 35.

 

Leslie is located just off of Highway 16 between Foam Lake and Elfros. The post office began as Leslie Station between 1906 and 1909. Leslie Village located at South east section 36 township 31 range 13 west of the second meridian. In Geographic Names of Saskatchewan, it was noted that Fairland was the first post office in the area which closed down when the rail was laid.

Mozart located at North east section 25 township 32 range 15 west of the second meridian or 51° 46′ 33″ N, 103° 59′ 39″ W. Once again, Bill Barry affirms that Laxdal was the original post office in the area – Section 4 township 33 range 14 west of the second meridian- between 1907 and 1909 until the Mozart hamlet formed at the Canadian Pacific Siding and established a post office there in 1909.

 

Royal Canadian Legion Elfros Branch 237 erected a cenotaph honouring those who lost their lives in service (as follows).

 

BENNETT, Russell BENNETT, Peter BLACK, Francis COOK, Herbert
GISLASON, John GOVIER, George SMITH, Donald SMITH, Gilbert

 

From records at the National War Memorial and Library And Archives Canada, Canadian Expeditionary Force records that could be found, some moire information follows:

To the family of Edward BENNETT and Hanna CRUISE from Northern Ireland were born nine children. Peter served in the First World War for the 214th Brigade. William Peter BENNETT born Lachute Quebec, was born Jan 16, 1898 and signed up February 12, 1916. Russell Alexander Bennett, was born Lachute Argenteul, Quebec April of 1894. Russell, a homesteader near Kelvington when he enlisted was taken June 1916, Peter fell October 1917. Dave Hunter and Charlie McPhail enlisted along with Russel. Russel and Peter had siblings of Katie, Lorne, George, Cora, Elsie, Jessie and Stanley Lorne served in World War II. Private Russel BENNETTis laid to rest in Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium June 5, 1916. Russel served with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment) Private William Peter Bennett was laid to rest at the same cemetery November 6, 1917 and he served with the Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment 28th Battallion).

 

Jon Gislason was born November 19, 1917, and was killed in action in Normandy on June 4, 1944. Before this he was hired on as a farm hand. Jon was born to Johannes Gislason and Sigurveig Arnason. Jon had five brothers and three sisters, Arnie, Gudjon, Daniel, Kari, Vilhelmina, Anna Sigrun, Ann Holosko, Helga S and Einar Gislason. Gudjon, Daniel and Einar also served in World War II in the army. Jon A was born in Iceland, and provided an address near Oakview, Manitoba on enlistment

George GOVIER enlisted June 1915 in Wadena. Govier, born April 11, 1892 served with the 31st Battalion in the Canadian Infrantry (Alberta Regiment), and was buried at Hastings Cemetery, Sussex, United Kingdom after he gave the supreme sacrifice, February 27, 1919.

 

Sergeant LAC Donald Henry Smith was taken April 12, 1943 after serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He is interred at Warwick Cemetery, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

 

Gilbert James Smith fell January 28, 1945, and is buried in the Elfros Cemetery in Saskatchewan. Gilbert, the son of James and Marion SMITH served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. had enlisted September 24, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. Born Kendal, Westmorland, England, Gilbert gave the address of Woodlande Kendal, England of James Smith, his next of kin, when he enlisted. The Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force attestation paper lists his date of birth as July 7, 1888.

Norman Hugh Smith, born in Elfros, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1942. While serving with Squadron 153, he received notice that his brother Gilbert fell in action at the age of 22. Gilbert also served with the RCAF.

 
Sources are embedded within the post – Julia Adamson author

Jun 122015
 

Cando is a hamlet 48 km south of the City of North Battleford on highway 4 in Rosemount Rural Municipality No. 378, Saskatchewan, Canada. Classified as an unincorporated area, Cando locates at section 22-township 39- range 16-West of the 3rd Meridian at Latitude – Longitude (DMS) 52° 23′ 0″ N, 108° 14′ 2″ W.

The Cando history book entitled: Cando the Pioneer’s Echo written by the Cando and Area History Club in 1982 lists those who served in both the World Wars along with photos of the service personnel.  Additionally, the book shows an image of the crew and bomber W/O William Munro of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).  A newspaper clipping relates that  W/O William M. Munro received an RCAF promotion to warrant officer from oberver.

Among the veterans listed in this book are those who fell in the World Wars, giving the supreme sacrifice.  William Watson is listed as killed in action for service in WWI.  Jack and William Eichler both fell in action.  Frank Allen was another casualty of war.

Jack and William Eichler were brothers, sons of Anton and Josie Eichler, immigrants from Austria who farmed the  south west quarter of section 34 township 39 range 14 west of the third meridian near Lizard Lake east of Cando.  Jack and William had four other siblings, Frank, Mary, Carl and Freda.  Freda also served in the army Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) during the second world war.

Source

Cando the Pioneer’s Echo  1982.  Cando and Area History Club.  McIntosh Publishing Company Limited, North Battleford, Saskatchewan.  This book covers Lizard Lake, Cando, Rosemount, Salter, the Rural Municipality Glenside 377, Rural Municipality Prairie 408, and Rural Municipality Rosemount 378, the school districts of Beswick, Bowmore, Cando, Norwick, Rowland Hill, Salter, Twin Gate and Willowfield.

Jun 112015
 

Middle Lake Veterans with Canada’s Fighting Forces

Middle Lake is situated just to the west of Saskatchewan Provincial Highway 20 east of Lucien Lake. The village locates at section 31- township 40- range 23-West of the 2nd meridian or Latitude – Longitude (DMS) 52° 28′ 58″ N, 105° 18′ 28″ W according to Canadian Geographical Names.

The Middle Lake Celebrate Saskatchewan History Book Committee compiled a list of veterans in their book; Middle Lake the Vintage Years A History of the village of Middle Lake Including school districts of Grove Lake, Middle Lake, Merrywood, Mackintosh, Lake Ignace, Lucien Lake and Wilfred published in 1982. Besides the listing, they have also compiled a gallery of photos of those who have served from the area. A sample of a certificate of service, is also included in this local history book.

Abel, Otto Abel, Philip Baker, Edward Brockmann, George Brunyanski Ed. Brunyanski, Leslie
Forrwald, Sylvester Fischer, Louis Grant, Jos. Gretz, Lawrence Grudnmann, Otto Gebkenjans, Herman
Gebkenjans, John Hoffman, Ernest Halischuk, Fred Halischuck, John Heppner, Geo. Hanke, John
Little, Willie Livingstone, ivan Livingstone, Henry McDougall, Max MacLeod, J.W. Miller, Hubert
Meyers, Ben Molnar. Zoltan Nagy, Steve Nagy, Mike Olynuk, Pete Svab, Jone
Svab, Charles Siba, Frank Siba, Andrew Siba, Paul Siba Leslie Thompson, Jim
Vanyo, Frank Vanyo, James John Vanyo, Alex Livingston, Cama Livingstone, Norman Kirsch, Wm
Kaun L.C. Kiled in Action March 5 1945

Additionally the Canadian Virtual War Memorial adds a biography about Sergeant Melvin Caspar Tagseth, son of Mathias and Lydia Tagseth, of Middle Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, gave the supreme sacrifice August 13, 1941 serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Private Lewis Charles Kaun son of Paul A. and Agnes T. (Auchstaetter) Kaun, of Middle Lake, Saskatchewan. died March 5, 1945 while serving with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C. in the army. Kaun is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.

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.

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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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Stewart, Les. Why won’t this federal government support our invisibly wounded soldiers? Cartoon from the Globe and Mail by Brian Gable, re posted by the Springwater Park Citizen’s Coalition, a sustainbale business plan for Springwater Provincial Park in Midhurst, Ontario. December 20, 2013. Date accessed August 7, 2014.

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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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Adamson, Julia. Township Range, Meridian, Homestead Location Saskatchewan Gen Web. December 2, 2013. Date accessed July 30, 2014.

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

From Bush to Grain. “A history of Albertville, Meath Park and District” Compiled by Meath Park History Committee. Brigdens Photo Graphics Ltd. Regina, Saskatchewan ISBN 0-919781-28-4.

Search Place Names Natural Resources Canada. Earth Sciences. Goveernment of Canada.

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

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Oct 092013
 

 

Montgomery Place.

Est. in 1946 by Our War Veterans.


Canadian Forces veterans built their homes in the Saskatoon neighborhood community of Montgomery Place during the years 1946-77. Montgomery Place was established with small agricultural land holdings outside the city of Saskatoon under the Federal Government’s Veteran’s Land Act (VLA) for men and women returning from World War II (1 September 1939 – 2 September 1945) and the Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953).

 

Veterans Who Built Homes in Montgomery Place under The Veterans Land Act 1948-1977 Les anciens combattants qui ont construit des maison à Montgomery Place en vertu de la loi sur les terres destinées aux anciens combattants 1946-1977 Veterans Who Built Homes in Montgomery Place under The Veterans Land Act 1948-1977 Les anciens combattants qui ont construit des maison à Montgomery Place en vertu de la loi sur les terres destinées aux anciens combattants 1946-1977 Veterans Who Built Homes in Montgomery Place under The Veterans Land Act 1948-1977 Les anciens combattants qui ont construit des maison à Montgomery Place en vertu de la loi sur les terres destinées aux anciens combattants 1946-1977 Veterans Who Built Homes in Montgomery Place under The Veterans Land Act 1948-1977 Les anciens combattants qui ont construit des maison à Montgomery Place en vertu de la loi sur les terres destinées aux anciens combattants 1946-1977 Montgomery Place Monument, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Montgomery Place Monuments, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan MontgomeryPlace Montgomery Place War Veterans Monument Caen, Normandy, France monument in Montgomery Place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Batle of Ortona Plaque in Montgomery place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Field Marshal B.L. Montgomery ( November 17, 1887 –  March 24, 1976) Plaque

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