Oct 282017
 

The Honour Roll Committee put together a listing of veterans of those who served the community. The Blended Heritage History Committee compiled the local history book: Blended heritage which is now re-published with permissions on line at Our Roots Nos Racines.

Included here are those who gave the supreme sacrifice in service to their country as noted;

  • William Baynton World War One
  • Angus Bell.
  • Torindo Bisaro
  • Lorne Elliot World War One
  • Joe Giebault
  • Sgt. Don Havard
  • Wilbert McCallum
  • Lieut. Fred Mullins Scottish Regiment
  • Charlie Niven
  • Reuben W. Orr R.C.A.F.
  • Marc Paradis
  • Ernest Paron
  • Charlie Prongua
  • Leonard Riggs
  • Percy Rogers World War One
  • Glen Stewart
  • ? Seigel
  • George Wood World War One

In the grey twilight of the autumn eves,
It sighed as it sang through the dying leaves:
“Ye think with regret that the world was bright,
That your path was short and your task was light;
The path, though short, was perhaps the best
And the toil was sweet, that it led to rest.”
John McCrae

Oct 282017
 

Sovereign is a village east of Rosetown on the north east quarter of section 26 township 29 range 13 west of the third meridian. The Sovereign Historical Group remembered those fallen in the Great War, the war to end all wars in their local history book entitled: Mileposts to memories Sovereign, Saskatchewan published 1981.  Additionally, veterans were recorded in the book from the two great wars

“Bid them be patient, and some day, anon,

They shall feel earth enwrapt in silence deep;

Shall greet, in wonderment, the quiet dawn,

And in content may turn them to their sleep. ~John McCrae”

      World War One 1914- 1918 Honour Roll

 

      Killed in Action

    • J.S.W. Ironsides
    • D.W. Goodwin
    • Arthur McDonald
    • Leonard Adams
    • W.E. Bigwood

Missing in Action

  • G.F. Melrose
Oct 282017
 

The names of those fallen during the Great Wars are commemorated on the Radisson Cemetery memorial gates, and dutifully recorded in the local history book, Reflections of Radisson : 1902-1982. by the Radisson and District Historical Society Radisson, Saskatchewan 1982. They are remembered in prose by R.G. (Bob) Mason who wrote ‘The Patriot’ an excerpt follows “…He loved Saskatchewan, and on that day, His country called we watched him go away…”

The town of Radisson locates just north west of Saskatoon on North West section 21 township 40 range 10 west of the third meridian.

Additionally, those who served overseas are remembered in Reflections of Radisson : 1902-1982 published online by Our Roots Nos Racines.

    World War One Honour Roll

  • O. Andrews
  • F. Bassett
  • H.N. Bingham
  • T. Cheeny
  • Fred Dinnie
  • Fred Giles
  • G.R. Hales
  • Fred Mason
  • A.D. Pole
  • W. Robichard
  • Francis Watson
    World War II Honour Roll

  • Stuart Clark
  • Bill Derksen
  • Wendell Drew
  • Harvey Hunter
  • Tom Ibbotson
  • Arthur Springer
Nov 262016
 

For King and County
Members of
Carnduff Community
Who have volunteered for Active Service
with
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:
ARCHER, Sid.
BAYLISS, F.
BAILEY, Gerald W.
COWIE, Grey
COSGROVE, B.V.
ELLIOT, Jas.
FAIR, Frank
JACKSON, W.M.C.
JOLIFFE, G.C.
LEE, Roy
LEWIS, A.S.
MILLIONS, C.C.
PACK. D.F.
PALMER, Wm
PATON, Lawrence
RAMSEY, Jas
RENDER, M.
RYCKMAN, Thos.
SARGENT, Albert
SARGENT, Charles
SPARLING, H.C.
STEPHENSON, T.
TURNBULL, Alex.
WILLIS, M.

World War II.
COZIER, Lloyd D.
FORSYTH, John H.
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


TO YOU AT HOME

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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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.

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,

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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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
  • 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.

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 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.

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