Tag Archives: World War Two

November 11th, a time to pause and remember

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it is time to pause and remember those who fought on the battlefield, those who never came back and those on whom war left scars and wounds

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Pictures taken at Beechwood and Notre-Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Canada

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Captain Marjorie Simpson

Captain Marjorie Simpson served Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (Q.A.R.A.N.C.) at the end of World War II and during the Malayan Campaign. She is entitled to the Defence Medal, War Medal and the General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp Malaya.

She was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne on June 1st, 1912.

She was appointed Nursing Sister (Lieutenant) in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Services on November 27th, 1945.

She transferred to the Q.A.R.A.N.C. on its formation on February 1st, 1949

She was promoted Captain on November 27th

She resigned her commission October 7th, 1954.

She was appointed Flight Officer in Princess Mary’s Royal Air Forces Nursing Service on April 1st, 1955.

She relinquished her commission on April 1st 1959.

She died in Bath in the third quarter of 1972 at the age of 60.

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Captain Marjorie Simpson medals with a QARANC shoulder badge

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Captain Charles Edward McCloghry

Captain Charles Edward McCloghry served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the military campaign in Palestine in 1939 and during World War Two

He is entitled to the General Service Medal with clasp Palestine, the Africa Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal

He was born on November 11th 1912 in Rusheen, Irish Republic. He was the son of James Palmer McCloghry and Matilda McCloghry, of Ballincar, County Sligo, Irish Republic. His father was a veterinarian and he had a brother, Henry Palmer McCloghry.

He entered the Faculty of Medicine of the Belfast University in 1930.

He passed his 1st medical examination in March and June of 1932:

He passed his 2nd medical examination in June of 1933

December 1936: He passed his last medical examination and he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and he received his Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics (B.A.O.)

April 23rd, 1937: He enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps

From May 1st to September 31st he was on his Junior Course at RAMC College in London.

After his graduation from RAMC Medical College and before his service in Palestine, he served as medical officer at the medical reception station in Beverley, Leicester and York.

He left United Kingfom on September 23rd and arrived in Haifa, Palestine on November 22nd.

April 23rd, 1938: He was promoted Captain

He was admitted to hospital on September 14 and stayed there until the 21st. On September 28th he appeared before a medical board in Haifa and was found unfit for duty (50%). He proceeded to United Kingdom October 16th on sick leave for two months.

January 29th, 1939: He disembarked in Haifa, Palestine from the SS Montcalm. On arrival he was appointed as the medical officer of the 1st battalion Royal East Kent Regiment

August 19th: He was appointed medical officer for the West York Regiment in Sarafand, Palestine.

August 29th: He left Palestine for Egypt and was attached to the 3rd Cavalry Field Ambulance

October 6th: He was posted with the 3rd Cavalry Field Ambulance. The unit moved to Abbasia, Egypt on October 11th.

October 15th: He was attached to the 8th Hussars as the medical officer. He was with the regiment until December 18 and then transferred back to the 3rd Cavalry Field Ambulance.

March 3rd, 1940: He proceeded with the Indian Division for an exercise.

March 13th: He was admitted to hospital and was discharged on April 22nd.

March 29th: He was attached to the Rifles Brigade as a medical officer and was admitted to the 2nd Field Ambulance on June 11th and later transferred to the 5th General Hospital. He was found permanently unfit for service on July 1st and to United Kingdom on October 21st.

He died at the Renislow Hospital in Durban, South Africa on March 18th, 1941. He is buried in Stellawood Cemetery in Durban South Africa.

His WW2 medals were despatched to his family in February of 1949

He is commemorated on the Queen’s University (Ireland) War Memorial. The memorial is situated in front of the main University building in University Road, Belfast. He is also commemorated on page 77 of the electronic version of the Book of Remembrance of the University of Belfast.

Monument Belfast University

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Private Harry Ritchken

Private Harry Ritchken served in the South African Medical Corps during World War Two. He is entitled to the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star (bar 8th Army), the 1939-45 War Medal and the Africa Service Medal.

He was born 6 October 1920.

He enlisted into South African Army on 20 May 1940. He was serving with the 7th Field Ambulance, S.A.M.C. (probably a Reserve unit). He was Jewish, single and worked as a Chemist’s Assistant at Wrens Chemist in Johannesburg.

Height: 5” 8’   Weight: 145 lbs.         Eyes: Brown   Hair: black

His Next of Kin on his enlistment paper is her mother, A. Rubenstein, living at 47 High Street, Berea, Johannesburg.

He was transferred to the Rand Light Infantry on June 11th

He was transferred back to the South African Medical Corps on December 12th. He had the rank of Corporal.

He was posted with the Motor Transport Company on January 31st, 1941

He embarked on the S.S. Niew Holland in Durban on February 15th. He arrived at Suez on March 9th and he was attached with the Cape Town Highlanders on the 13th, just before his departure.

He was promoted Sergeant in September 1st.

He was granted a 9 days leave on January 27th 1942.

He was confirmed in the rank of Sergeant on May 1st.

He was posted to 12 Field Ambulance from the Cape Town Highlanders on May 12th.

He returned to South Africa with the 12th Field Ambulance on December 11th and arrived in Durban on January 1st 1943. He was granted a 30 days leave.

June 5th: He was posted to Coastal Defence. He was transferred to the Medical Corps Transport Corps on July 26th. Although his file is silent about it, I think he was a driver.

He was discharged in Pretoria, South Africa with benefits “surplus to service requirements” on 23 February 1944. The official reason was “requirements and commitments

In South African Medical Journal of April 27th, 1946 he is listed as a new member of the South African Medical Council. His address was 142 Hockey Avenue, Northcliffe, Johannesburg. He graduated in Doctor in medicine – bachelor in medicine in 1945 from the Duiv. WWRand University

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Medals attributed to Private Harry Ritchken

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Private P J Walsh and Staff-Sergeant G J Richards

Private P J Walsh served in Palestine before and in WW2 with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He is entitled to the General Service Medal (clasp Palestine)  1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal and 1939-45 War Medal. His enlistment number 7260934

He served in Palestine in 1939. He was stationed at Reception Station in Jerusalem

He served in Europe and in North-Africa during WW2

According to the medals roll, he received his General Service Medal in 1959 which is consistent with the wide shoulder suspension of the medal and it lists him as a sergeant.

Staff-Sergeant G J Richards served during WW2 and in the Malaya Campaign in the 1950 with Royal Army Medical Corps. He is entitled to the 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence medal, War Medal, the General Service Medal (clasp Malaya) and the Efficiency Medal (bar Territorial). His enlistment number was 7356346.

Served in Burma during WW2

A period of 12 years of service is needed to get the Efficiency Medal (war time count for double if he was in the army before the war started). He received his EM between 1937 and 1948, probably received it shortly after WW2 at the latest. The EM Geo VI type 1 was issued before 1948.

Served in Malaya, probably between 1950-1953 (Geo VI type 2), and his GSM is a late issue (wide shoulder suspension), he was probably out of the army by then.

Some WW2 Nursing Sisters gravesites near Ottawa, Ontario

On this day we celebrate V E Day (Victory Day in Europe) here are some pictures of gravestone of a few Canadian Nursing Sisters who served during WW2. Let’s not forget that Canadian women wore khaki and also served during that conflict.

Matron Donalda Maud Robertson

Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen Friday December 2nd 1949, page 58

Robertson, Donalda Maud – In Toronto Western Hospital, December 2, 1949. Donalda Maud Robertson, Reg. N. daughter of Mrs Robertson and late Donald Robertson of Maxville, Ont. Funeral at Maxville United Church Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.. She is buried at Maxville Cemetery, Ontario.

Nursing Sister Thelma Hilda Wallace

She was born in 1916 and she died on April 19 1988 and buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Aylmer, Quebec

Nursing Sister Patricia Hession

She was born in 1921 and she died in 1993. She is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Nursing Sister Mary G Mitchell

She died April 27th 1946 and she is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Nursing Sister Margaret Andrew (née Irvine)

She was born on July 19th 1911 and she died on January 9th 2007. She is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Nursing Sister Dorothy M Hunter

She was born in 1919 and died in 2004. She is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Nursing Sister Clarice Lilian Tanner (née Ogden)

She was born January 29th 1915 and died February 8th 1992. She is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Paul Lawrence Swanburg

Paul Lawrence Swanburg served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and participated in the war effort. He is entitled to the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service medal with the clasp denoting 18 months of active and volunteer service at war for Canada.

He was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia in 1927. His father was Angus Mckay Swanburg and his mother was Margaret Swanburg nee Corbett

1930 United States Census: He is listed as living in Hapeville, Fulton, Georgia.

July 27th, 1943: He was hired as a Mess Boy on the S.S. Point Pelee Park in Halifax. He arrived in New York on August 6th.

October 3rd: He arrived in New York, U.S.A. from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the S.S. Colbron. He was employed as an assistant-cook. He lied about his age when he was hired, he said he was 18.

May 5th, 1944: He was hired as a Utility Boy on the S.S. Leaside Park. He was 5’10” and weighting 140 lbs.

May 27th: He arrived in New York, U.S.A. from South Hampton, United Kingdom.

October 13th: He arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii from Enewatak Island on the S.S. Leaside Park.

April 1st, 1945: He arrived in New York, U.S.A.

Medals attributed to Paul Lawrence Swanburg

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December 15th, 1947: He left South Hampton to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Aquitana. He is listed as a seaman

April 1st, 1948: He sailed on the ship Argofax from Rotterdam, Netherlands to New York, U.S.A.

April 13th: He was hospitalized in New York, U.S.A.

The ship was supposed to sail to Antwerp on April 24th.

Picture of Paul Swanburg

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1951: He married Lillian Jean Dalley

1962-63: He is listed as living at in Brighton and he is a tax collector

1965: He is listed as living at in New Minas and he is a tax collector

1972: He is listed as living in Kentville and he is a Fire Inspector, probably for the Kings Mutual comp.

He was also a former member of the New Minas Village Commission, serving through the mid 1970’s and 1980’s. He was also very active on the Village Water Commission and he owned Swanburg Insurance for many years.

From 1995 to 2011 he was living at 1005 Roy Ave, new Minas, Nova Scotia, in 2000 the town changed its name to Kentville and again in 2001 it amalgamated to Annapolis Royal.

August 11th, 2010: His wife Lillian Jean Swanburg nee Dalley passed away in Kentville, Nova Scotia.

August 6th, 2011: He died at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Obituary:Paul Lawrence Swanburg – 84, of New Minas, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville.  Born in Shelburne, he was a son of the late Angus and Margaret (Corbett) Swanburg. He had been employed as a fire inspector with Kings Mutual and later owned and operated Swanburg Insurance for many years. He served with the Merchant Marines during the second World War and for his service he received the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. He was a former member of the New Minas Village Commission, serving through the mid 1970’s and 1980’s. He was passionate about various New Minas park projects and the New Minas Water Commission. He enjoyed maintaining his home and property.  He is survived by his children, Terrence “Terry” (Faye), Ontario; Perry (Shelley), Steam Mill; Gary (Marie), New Minas; Sherry, New Minas; Sally (Bill) Wallace, Wolfville; Shelley (Richard) Clayton, Fredericton; a brother, Karl (Phyllis), Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Lillian Daley; three sisters, Margaret Fisher, Julia Griffin and Dr. Joyce Millett; a brother, Dr. Angus Swanburg. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. There will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Reverend Doctor Randy Crozsman officiating. Burial will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.”

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Sergeant Gerald Phair Norton

Sergeant Gerald Phair Norton served during WW1 with the Eastern Ontario Regiment in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and during WW2 with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He is entitled to the British War Medal, the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service medal with clasp and the War Medal 1939-45. His enlistment number was 3322527 in WW2 and C-92019 during WW2

He was born on May 1st 1895 in Hawthorne, Ontario

1901 Canadian census taken in Gloucester, Russel, Ontario

Father : William born January 14th, 1847     Mother : Elizabeth born November 10th 1862

Brother : William born January 10th, 1893    Sister : Edna born April 28th, 1896

During the First World War he was with the 2nd Eastern Ontario Regiment.

Trade : Farmer      Status single

Address of his mother : Hawthorne, Ontario

May 28 th 1918 : He enlisted in the 2nd Depot Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment. The Eastern Ontario Regiment was a depot battalion and those regiments never saw the front line. They were stationned in United Kingdom only and were used to supply men to battalion which were in France and fighting. It was a sort of waiting list before men were sent to France.

Each canadian province had its own depot battalion and on arrival in United Kingdom men were sent to their respective battalion depending the province where they enlisted in Canada. Ontario had three of those regiment the Eastern Ontario (E.O.R.), central Ontario Regiment(C.O.R.) and the Western Ontario Regiment (W.O.R.)

Height : 5′ 8″ 1/2   Weight : 144 lbs.

Eyes : Brown        Hair: Brown        Religion : Methodist

July 6th : Sailed from Canada on board SS Tunisian, arrived in England on July 22nd. Sent to the 6th battalion on his arrival.

June 23rd, 1919 : Sailed from Liverpool onboard the ship SS Belgic, arrived in Halifax July 1st.

August 3rd : He was demobilised

During the Second Worls War he served  with 9th Detachment of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

Trade : Salesman and trucker    Status : single    Address :  95 Lees, Ottawa

Name of his sister : L Buck     Address : 1 Pacific street, Ottawa west

Farming from time of leaving school until 1927. Bread salesman Walker Bread Co. for one year. Salesman and supervisor of twelve routes with Producers dairy 1928-1937; laid off on reduction of staff in 1937. Employed odd jobs as salesman until enlistment. Unemployed prior to war

September 4 th 1939 : He enlisted in Ottawa. He stated that he had 1 year service in the 6th Reserve Battalion in England.

June 29th, 1940 : He sailed from Montreal on H.M.T. E44 (sailing list 221) and arrived in Liverpool, England on July 22nd.

July 30th : he was authorized to draw tradesmen’s rate pay as Clerk “C”

August 16 th to the 20th : He got a 5 days permission

September 1st : He was appointed to the rank of acting corporal without pay.

September 2nd : He was appointed to the rank of acting corporal.

September 2nd : He was confirmed in the rank of corporal.

July 31st, 1941 : Admitted to the 15th Canadian General Hospital. He was discharged from hospital on August 19th.

January 17th to the 23rd : He received a 6 days permission

August 18th, 1942 : He was authorized to draw tradesmen’s rate pay as Clerk “B”

January 29 to February 7th 1943 : He received a 10 days permission

February 4th : He was ppointed to the rank of acting sergeant with pay

May 4th :He was confirmed in the rank sergeant

June 28th : Left England for overseas service.

July 10th : He disembarked in Sicily (operation Husky)

January 10th, 1944: He received his Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp.

February 9th : He was appointed to the rank of acting staff sergeant.

September 23rd :He was confirmed in the rank of staff sergeant.

December 4th : Termination of overseas service. Left on vessel W 774

December 14th : He disembarked in Canada and served as escort to prisoners of war

June 22nd, 1945 : He was discharged in Lansdowne Park

November 18th, 1949 : He received his  Second World War medals.

1950 : He married Frances Viney Norton (1911-1999)

April 23rd, 1956 : He died and was buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Section 24 Lot 23

Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen April 24 th, 1956

“Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Gerald Phair Norton who died of a hearth attack yesterday while attending the funeral of a friend, the late Douglas Gray. Mr Norton an employe of the Mines branch of the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys who lived at 474 ½ Booth Street, was 60… Latterly he had worked 11 years in the Mines and Branch.

Mr Norton leaves his widow the former Frances Viney Cooney whom he married in 1950; a sister Mrs Melva Buck, Ottawa and several nieces and nephew.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Hulse and Playfair Ltd. 315 McLeod Street, Rev A.M.J. gray will officiate. Burial will be in Beechwood.”

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Sergeant Gerald Phair Norton WW1-WW2 medals

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Flight-Lieutenant Grant Leandre Parent C.D.

Flight-Lieutenant Grant Leandre Parent served as a Navigating Officer with the 424 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two. He flew 21 missions over Germany. He is entitled to the 1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service medal with clasp and the Canadian Decoration. Also he received the Irvin Caterpillar Pin, this pin was given to every airmen to anyone who saved his life by parachuting from a disabled or flaming aircraft.

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He was born April 24, 1919 in Richmond, Quebec and graduated from McGill University in 1940 with a B.A. in Agricultural.

He commenced his training on June 6th 1943 in Toronto at the No 6 Initial Training School. He served until February 16th, 1946 but since he received the Canadian Decoration he must also has served after that period.

He died January 24, 2012.

I once had access to his flight book and made a transcription of it.

This is the transcription of his flight log book that include his training flights and bombing missions over Germany during WW2.

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Trained on Anson (Picture below)

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April 10th                   Pilot : Sgt Rychlik                 Flight time (day) : 3:40 hour

April 11th                    Pilot : Sgt Stack                     Flight time (day) : 3:05 hrs

April 15th                   Pilot : F/O Bowskill              Flight time (day) : 2:40 hrs

April 20th                   Pilot : Keppie                         Flight time (day) : 3:35 hrs

April 24th                    Pilot : F/S Cundall                 Flight time (day) : 3:30 hrs

April 25th                    Pilot : F/S Dix                          Flight time (day) : 25 min

April 25th                    Pilot : F/S Dix                         Flight time (n) : 2:35 hrs

April 26th                    Pilot : P/O Skipton                Flight time (d) : 30 min

April 26th                    Pilot : P/O Skipton                Flight time (n) : 2:05 hrs

April 27th                    Pilot : F/S Gilmore                Flight time (d) : 2:50 hrs

April 28th                    Pilot : F/O Stapley                 Flight time (d) : 3:30 hrs

May 2nd                      Pilot : F/S Hamilton             Flight time (d) : 3:25 hrs

May 4th                       Pilot : F/O Boyd                    Flight time (d) : 3:15 hrs

Total for the month : 35 hrs 5 min

From July 12th,1943 to November 26th, 1943 he followed his navigator course.

Trained on Wellington (Picture below)

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July 16th                     Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 1:35 hour

July 18th                     Pilot : F/O White                   Flight time (d) : 4:35 hrs

July 19th                      Pilot : P/O McManus             Flight time (d) : 35 min

July 20th                     Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 4:55 hrs

July 21st                      Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 45 min

July 22nd                     Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 35 min

July 23rd                     Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 6:00 hrs

July 25th                     Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 2:20 hrs

July 28th                     Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 3:00 hrs

July 31st                      Pilot : W/O Butler                Flight time (d) : 1:25 hour

Total for the month : 26 hrs 15 min

August 4th                   Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (d) : 1:45 hour

August 6th                   Pilot : F/O Gray                     Flight time (n) : 1:10 hour

August 7th                   Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (n) : 1:55 hour

August 9th                   Pilot : W/O Butler                 Flight time (n) : 3:00 hrs

August 11th                 Pilot : F/O Clifton                 Flight time (n) : 4:00 hrs

He and his crew had to bailed out of the airplane after engines problems, two members did not have time to exit and died in the plane crash. This is probably the incident for which he received his Irvin Caterpillar Pin.

Total for the month : 11 hrs 50 min

August 23rd                Pilot : F/S Saunders               Flight time (d) : 4:20 hrs

August 25th                 Pilot : F/S Saunders               Flight time (d) : 4:40 hrs

August 28th                 Pilot : F/S Saunders               Flight time (d) : 2:30 hrs

Total for the month : 11 hrs 30 min

The squadron transferred on Lancaster Halifax (picture below)

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October 30th,              Pilot : F/O Graham                Flight time ( day) : 2:25 hrs

Commending officer of the Squadron 424 C.C.W. Marshall D.F.C

November 1st              Pilot : F/O Graham                Flight time (d) : 1:45 hrs

November 3rd            Pilot : F/O Graham                Flight time (d)  : 35 min

November 3rd            Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (d) : 3:15 hrs

November 6th             Pilot : F/O Graham                Flight time (d) : 25 min

November 7th             Pilot : F/O Graham                Flight time (d) : 3:15 hrs

November 8th             Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (d) : 2:55 hrs

November 9th             Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (d) : 4:00 hrs

November 12th           Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (d) : 5:20 hrs

November 19th           Pilot : F/O Sherwood             Flight time (d) : 2:30 hrs

November 20th           Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (n) : 2:30 hrs

November 21st             Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (n) : 3:20 hrs

November 23rd           Pilot : F/LT Rogers                Flight time (n) : 6:15 hrs

November 24th           Pilot : P/O Saunders              Flight time (d) : 4:55 hrs

November 25th           Pilot : P/O Walton                 Flight time (n) : 4:15 hrs

Total for the month : 48 hrs 05 min

November 26th, he arrived at 424th squadron in Skipton on Swale, his crew is compose of those persons;

P/O Saunders(pilot)            F/O Parent (navigator)          Sgt Andrews

Sgt Laforce                            Sgt Witham                               Sgt Olafson (rear gunner)

Sgt Ellis

November 29th                     Pilot : P/O Saunders          Flight time: 4:40 hrs

December 2nd                       Pilot : P/O Saunders           Flight time: 1:00 hour

December 4th                       Pilot : P/O Saunders            Flight time: 4:15 hrs

December 5th                        mission # 1                             Objective Soest

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:45 hrs  Flight distance : 2081 km

Comments : Moderate flak, one bomb stayed in bomb bay and short petrol

16:24              waiting on the runway

18:14              take off

18:40              near off Barnsley

19:18              Reading, new course 136 o

19:35              Eastbourne

19:50              20.5 km north – west d’Abbeville

20:18              57 km east de Saint – Quentin, new course 20 o

20:50              42 km north – west of Aachen

21:09              44.5 km north of Gladbeck

21:23              bombs dropped on target, altitude 18 000 feet

21:24              new course 222 o

21:42              20 km south of Bonn, new course 272 o

21:55              new course 246 o

22:09              new course 290 o

23:18              12 km north – east of Dunkerque, new course 318 o

00:07              Orfordness, new course 305 o

00:27              landing at Horham

December 6th                                    Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:05 hrs              Horham to base

December 12th                      Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 2:55 hrs

December 13th                      Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:55 hrs

December 18th                      mission # 2                             Objective Berg

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 6:00 hrs  Flight distance : 2055 km

Comment : Moderate flak

03:25              take off

03:34              near off Barnsley

04:28              Reading

04:45              near Brighton (English coast) new course 168 o

05:18              29 km south of Dieppe, new course103 o

05:52              41 km south of Charleroi, new course 46 o

06:22             bombs dropped on target, altitude 19 000 feet

06:23              new course 301 o

06:28              new course 231 o

07:08              32 km south-west of Charleroi, new course 269 o

07:30              near Beach Head, new course 355 o

07:51              near Reading, new course 355 o

08:25              near off Barnsley

08:49              landing at Hethel

December 23rd                      Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:05 hrs              Return to base

Total for the month : 28 hrs 40 min

The squadron transferred on Lancaster (picture below)

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January 4th,1945                    Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 4:15 hrs

January 5th                            mission # 3                             Objective Hannover

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:50 hrs  Flight distance : 1742 km

Comment : Slight flak

17:01              take off

17:14              Scarborough, new course 88 o

17:55              North Sea

18:19              North sea, new course 125 o

18:37              23 km north – west de Gronigen

18:48              32 km south – east de Gronigen, new course 96 o

19:11              32 km south-east de Bremen, new course 143 o

19:21            bombs dropped on target, altitude 18 500 feet, new course 222 o

19:31              course 306 o

19:42              32 km south – east d’Osnabrück

19:59              course 280 o

20:33              6 km north of La Haye, course 295

21:05              Southwold

21:49              near Doncaster

22:06              landing

January 6th                            mission # 4                             Objective Hanau

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 7:30 hrs  Flight distance : 1975 km

Comment : Slight flak

15:48              take off

16:02              near off Doncaster

16:41              Reading

17:23              25 km north – west of Dieppe, new course 89 o

17:58              50 km north – east de Saint – Quentin

18:25              44.5 km south of Liege, new course 66 o

18:58              new course 148 o

19:07              Frankfort

19:10             Bombs dropped on target, altitude 19 500 feet

19:15              37 km south of Frankfort, new course 292 o

19:31              44.5 km south of Koblenz, new course 241 o

19:42              25 km south of Kier, new course 296

19:57              37 km west of Luxembourg, new course 319 o

20:21              30 km west de Charleroi

20:42              40 km north – west de Lille

21:08              Cork (English coast)

21:58              near off Doncaster

22:14              landing

January 22nd                          Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 3:00 hrs

January 26th                           Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 3:05 hrs

January 28th                          mission # 5                             Objective Stuggart

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 7:15 hrs  Flight distance : 2412 km

Comment : Slight flak

The Intelligence Officer who was responsible to debrief him made this comment «if you don’t like this, complain to me»

19:19              take off

20:17              near Doncaster

20:55              Reading, new course 136 o

21:12              near Beachy Head

21:23              16 km north-east of Dieppe

21:58              25 km north-east of Paris, new course 80 o

23:06              19 km east of Saarbrucken, new course 81 o

23:30              44 km south-east Mannheim, new course 178 o

23:38             bombs dropped on target, altitude 19 500 feet

23:40              10 km south of Stuggart, new course 273 o

23:41              new course 326 o

23:51              38 km north of Strasbourg

00:24              new course 292 o

01:02              25 km north-east of Paris, new course 334 o

01:56              16 km north-east of Dieppe

02:16              Beach Head

04:09              Landing

January 29th                           Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 50 min

Total for the month : 31 hrs 45 min

February 11th                         Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 35 min

February 13th                         Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:35 hrs

February 14th                         Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 3:30 hrs

February 15th                        Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:25 hrs

February 18th                         Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 15 min

February 20th                         mission # 6                             Objective Dorthund

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 6:40 hrs  Flight distance : 1787 km

Comment : Moderate to heavy flak

21:35              take off

22:19              near off Barnsley

22:59              Reading

23:17              Eastbourne

23:35              19 km north – west of Abbeville

23:41              19 km south – east of Abbeville, new course 91 o

00:28              52 km south – east of Charleroi, new course 17 o

00:50              35 km north of Liège, new course 88 o

01:05              Remscheid, new course 32 o

01:14             bombs dropped on target, altitude 18 500 feet

01:17              19.5 km north-west de Dortmund, new course 312

01:22              30 km south-west of Munster, new course 276 o

01:32              33 km north-west of Gladbeck, new course 238 o

02:05              19 km south of Bruxelles, new course 277 o

02:41              24 km south of Boulogne, new course 307

02:57              English coast

03:18              Reading

03:55              near Barnsley

04:08              landing

February 21st             mission # 7                             Objective Duisberg

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 6:30 hrs  Flight distance : 1183 km

Comment : Moderate to heavy flak and oxygen system failure

19:58              take off

20:14              near off Doncaster

20:59              near Reading

21:20              Eastbourne

21:39              20 km north – west of Abbeville

21:46              15 km south – east of Abbeville, new course 34 o

22:26              25 km east of Charleroi

22:44              31.75 km west of Aachen

23:04             bombs dropped on target, altitude 18 000 feet

23:05              new course 285 o

23:15              new course 220 o

23:25              31.75 km north – west of Liège, new course 256 o

23:40              25 km north – east of Charleroi, new course 281 o

23:59              Lille

00:15              Boulogne

00:33              15 km north – east of Eastbourne

00:53              Reading

01:31              Doncaster

01:44              landing

February 24th                         Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 3:35 hrs              Sea search

February 26th                         Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 3:00 hrs

Total for the month : 31 hrs 05 min

 March 1st                              mission # 8                             Objective Mannheim

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 7:20 hrs  Flight distance : 1351 km

Comment : Slight heavy flak

12:17              take off

12:32              Doncaster

13:13              Reading

13:25              Portsmouth

13:30              over the English channel, new course 84 o

14:01              19.5 km north of Abbeville

14:07              12 km north – east of Abbeville

14:52              4 km south – east of Luxembourg

15:14             bombs dropped on target, altitude 18 500 feet

15:15              new course 96 o

15:20              25 km south – east of Manheim, new course 267

15:56              23 km north – east of Nancy, new course 313

17:12              6.35 km south – west of Ostende (Dutch coast)

17:39              Southwold (English coast), new course 313

18:24              Doncaster

18:40              landing

March 2nd                              mission # 9                             Objective Cologne

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:55 hrs  Flight distance : 1754 km

Comment : Slight heavy flak and the objective was probably never reached

07:41              take off

08:31              Reading, new course 138 o

09:07              Beachy Head, new course 86 o

09:13              16 km south of Boulogne

09:38              19 km south of Charleroi, new course 40 o

10:00              left Belgium, new course 102 o

10:12              bombs dropped on target, altitude 19 000 feet

10:13              new course 213 o

10:20              12 km south of Bonn new course 285 o

11:30              25 km north of Charleroi, new course 329 o

12:00              over Ostende, left the coast of France, new course 308 o

12:44              Southwold, new course 351 o

12:54              landing

March 5th                               mission # 10               Objective Chemnitz

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 9:00 hrs  Flight distance : 1796 km

Comment : No flak

17:18              take off

17:32              near Doncaster

18:08              near Reading, new course 128 o

18:28              near Eastbourne

18:47              21 km north – west of Abbeville

18:54              15 km south-east of Abbeville, new course 84 o

19:38              new course 61 o

20:16              19 km north-west of Koblenz

20:56              new course 145 o

21:34              30 km north – west of Halle, new course 86 o

21:48              25 km north – east of Leipzig

21:57              25 km south – east of Leipzig

21:59             bombs dropped on target, altitude 15 500 feet

22:01              17 km au south -east of Chemnitz, new course 257 o

22:13              new course 305 o

22:36              new course 238 o

22:57              30 km south – east of Darmstadt

00:53              15 km south – east of Amiens, new course 294 o

01:00              21 km north – west of Abbeville

01:22              near of Eastbourne

01:45              near off Reading

02:31              near off Doncaster

02:48              landing

March 6th                               Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 55 min    Return to base

March 7th                               mission # 11               Objective Dessau

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 8:45 hrs  Flight distance : 3025 km

Comment : Slight to heavy flak, large belt of search light before T and four air crafts down

17:07              take off

17:23              near off Barnsley

18:07              Reading, new course 140 o

18:26              Beachy Head, new course 139 o

18:47              16 km north-east of Dieppe, new course 88 o

19:37              new course 42 o

20:23              19 km north of Cologne, new course 63 o

21:11              new course 34 o

21:42              32 km south of Salzwedel near Elbe Channel, new course 72 o

21:57              19 km west de Brandenburg, new course 184 o

22:07             bombs dropped on target, altitude 16 000 feet

22:10              12 km north of Halle, new course 210 o

22:28              new course 180 o

22:44              new course 250 o

23:08              44 km west of Stuggart, new course 301 o

00:50              50 km west of Chalons sur Marne, new course 322 o

01:57              Pointe Haut banc

Reading

Landing

March 8th                               Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:20 hrs  Return to base

March 11th                             mission # 12               Objective Essen

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:45 hrs  Flight distance : 2100 km

Comment : Slight flak

12:06              take off

12:22              near Barnsley

13:07              Reading

13:30              Eastbourne, new course 139 o

13:51              19 km north-west of Abbeville, new course 98 o

14:12              25 km north-west of Saint – Quantin

14:34              27 km south-east of Charleroi, new course 51 o

15:04              Gladback

15:15              bombs dropped on target, altitude 19 000 feet

15:16              new course 321 o

15:20              12 km west of Gladbeck, new course 260 o

15:49              10 km south of Bruxelles, new course 297 o

16:07              19 km south of Ostende, left the coast of France, new course 341 o

16:34              Southwold, new course 313 o

17:11              near Barnsley

17:23              landing

March 12th                             mission # 13               Objective Dortmund

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 6:45 hrs

Comment : Slight flak

March 14th                             mission # 14               Objective Zweibrucken

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 6:35 hrs  Flight distance : 1265 km

Comment : Moderate to heavy flak

17:13              take off

17:28              near off Doncaster

18:13              Reading

18:35              near d’Eastbourne

18:55              19.5 km north – east of Abbeville

19:03              Amiens

19:45              + de 50 km north – east of Chalons sur Marne

19:55              new course 95 o

20:07              25 km west of Saarbrucken

20:16              bombs dropped on target, altitude 12 800 feet, new course 158 o

20:19              19.5 km south – east of Saarbrucken, new course 237 o

20:34              25 km south – east of Nancy, new course 306 o

21:50              Amiens

21:57              19.5 km north – west of Abbeville

22:15              near of Eastbourne

22:36              Reading

23:14              Doncaster

23:27              landing

March 15th                             mission # 15               Objective Hagen

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 6:40 hrs  Flight distance : 2356 km

Comment : Moderate to heavy flak, two aircrafts down and many fighters

17:18              take off

17:35              Doncaster

18:23              Reading

18:45              Eastbourne

19:05              21 km north – east of Abbeville, new course 98 o

19:36              25 km south – west of Charleroi, new course 53 o

19:59              course 120 o

20:12              25 km west of Bonn, course 179 o

20:23              37 km east of Cologne, course 348 o

20:32             bombs dropped on target, altitude 19 000 feet

20:33              6 km north of Hagen, course 307 o

20:42              8.5 km east of Krefeld, course 253 o

20:59              course 240 o

21:19              25 km south – east of Charleroi, course 274 o

21:50              21 km north – east of Abbeville, new course 316 o

22:07              Eastbourne

22:25              Reading

23:03              Doncaster

23:16              landing

March 16th                             Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:15 hrs              Practice bombing

New commanding officer R.W. Norris

March 29th                             Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:55 hrs

March 31st                             mission # 16               Objective Hamburg

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:30 hrs  Flight distance : 1419 km

Comment : Heavy flak over Hamburg, four aircrafts down over Hamburg – two collided and many fighters

6:47              take off

6:58              Scarborough

7:33              between England and Holland

7:51              Island of Texel (Holland), new course 107 o

8:10              20 km south – east of Leeuwarden

8:37              32 km south of Bremen, new course 32 o

8:56             Bombs dropped on target, altitude 18 000 feet

9:00              24 km north –west of Hamburg, new course 319 o

9:13              near Kaiser Wilhem Channel, new course 271 o

9:23              Coast Norwegia, new course 274 o

9:39              21 km south of the island of Heligoland (North sea), new course 278 o

10:28              North sea

11:38              Scarborough

11:52              landing

Total for the month : 67 hrs 20 min

April 4th                                  mission # 17               Objective Leuna (Merseberg)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 9:00 hrs

Comment : Synthetic oil plant and Moderate to heavy flak

April 8th                                  mission # 18               Objective Hamburg

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:55 hrs

Comment : Moderate to heavy flak

April  9th                                Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 45 min    Return to base

April 10th                                mission # 19                                       Objective Leipzig

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 8:00 hrs  Flight distance : 1309 km

Comment : Moderate predicted flak, unable to drop bomb and hit by flak F/O Saunders hit in left eye

13:59              take off

14:17              near off Doncaster

15:13              Orfordness

15:45              12,5 km north of Bruges

16:00              19 km east of Ghent, new course 81 o

16:16              36 km east of Antwerp

16:32              44,5 km west of Duisberg

17:02              30 km south of Osnabruick, new course 96 o

17:04              11 km north of Halberstad

17:52              15 km east of Halle

18:02             bombs dropped on target, altitude 16 500 feet

18:06              19 km south east of Leipzig, new course 181 o

18:10              23 km north – west of Chemnitz, new course 256 o

18:30              31,75 km south of Erfuit

18:54              42 km north – east of Frankfort

19:17              37 km west of Koblenz, new course 286 o

19:51              21 km west of Bruxelles

20:02              Weastkapelle

20:31              32 km from the English coast

20:50              Boston

21:04              Doncaster

21:15              landing

April 16th                                mission # 20               Objective Schwandorf

Flight time: 8:50 hrs

Comment : Moderate to heavy flak, Hydraulic system failure and bombs door open on return

April 18th                               Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 4:0 hrs

April 19th                               Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 2:30 hrs

April 22nd                               mission # 21               Objective Bremen

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 5:20 hrs  Flight distance : 1376 km

16:36              take off

16:50              Scarborough

17:07              1/4 of the English Channel crossed

17:33              2/3 of the English Channel crossed

17:53              near the coast of Holland, new course 80 o

18:22              new course 28 o

18:44              19 km south – west of Wesermunde, course 141 o

18:52             bombs dropped on target, altitude 17 800 feet

18:54              15 km south – east of Bremen, course 252 o

19:08              22 km north of Osnabrück, new course 300 o

19:53              left the coast of Holland, new course 305 o

20:15              2/3 of the English Channel to cross

20:48              1/4 of the English Channel to cross

21:10              Scarborough

21:21              landing

Total for the month : 44 hrs 20 min

May 15th                                 Flight (d)

Pilot : F/S Saunders   Flight time: 1:25 hrs

Total for the month : 1 hour 25 min

October 1st : New commanding officer R.P.D. Blagrave

October 15th : Squadron 424 east at Skipton on Swale, Yorks

War time flight

Day 98 hours 40 minutes

Night 104 hours 30 minutes

Total 203 hours 10 minutes

September 6, 1946 : He retired from the army

Following the end of the war Lieutenant Grant L. Parent worked in the Veterans Land Act service for a while (information indicate he was there in 1952 and 1953).

By 1954 he began working for the Ground Observers Corp (GOC)  He was in St. Jerome in 1954 and 1955.

By 1958, still in the GOC, he was stationed in Trois-Rivières, P.Q.. He had one or two trips into the Arctic on an ice breaker at some point probably on the John A. MacDonald, she was launched in 1960, suggesting he was still with GOC in early 60’s

At some point in the 1950‘s he received the Canadian Decoration (12 years of service)

He farmed apples for a while in Hemmingford P.Q.  (apples)

He worked for Domtar in their research centre in Saint Anne de Bellevue P.Q. until late early 80’s; after which he and his wife retired and moved to Ottawa.

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

Private Jack Sommerton

Private Jack Sommerton served in Royal Army Medical Corps in Palestine before WW2 and in United Kingdom during WW2. He is entitled to the General Service Medal with the clasp Palestine, the 1939-1945 War Medal, the Defence Medal and the Army Good Conduct and Long Service Medal. His enlistment number was 7261759.

June 5th 1912 : He was born in Russel, United Kingdom

1933 : He enlisted in the army

May 29th, 1937 : He arrived in Palestine as part of the 3rd company Royal Army Medical Corps.

April 9th, 1939 : He left Palestine

(July-August-September) : He got married to Beatrice E Allard St Albans and in the county of Hertfordshire

1939-1945 : He served in United Kingdom during WW2

March 2nd 1951: He received his Army Good Conduct and Long Service Medal

(March-April-May) He got married a second time to Muriel Gaunt Wirral in Cheshire.

1956 : His Palestine Medal was issued and according to the medal roll, he was a sergeant by then

December 1987 : He died

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

Books on the Canadian Army Medical Services and Nursing Sister

Over the years I have read many books on the Canadian Army Medical Corps and its member. These books were not meant to be read like a novel and they are not fast page turner, so sometime they are a little bit hard to read BUT they do hold very valuable information on the Canadian Medical Corps and its members who served during peacetime and wartime period.

This is the list of all the books I have read so far on the subject, if you happen to know a book that is not in this list but related to the Canadian Medical service during a war, please let me know so I can add it to this list.

Some of those are available for free and downloadable from the Internet. I have added the link to those e-book.

CORPS HISTORY

WW1

Official history of the Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-19 – The Medical Services by Sir Andrew McPhail published in 1925. It can be read online by clicking here

The Canadian Army Medical Corps with the Canadian Corps in the last hundred days of the Great War by Colonel A. E. Snell published in 1924. It can be read online by clicking here

The First Canadians in France by F McKelvey-Bell published in 1917

The War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps 1914-1915 by Colonel J. G. Adami published in 1916. It can be read online by clicking here or here

Politics and the Canadian Army Medical Corps by Colonel Herbert A. Bruce published in 1919. It can be read online by clicking here

WW2

Official History of the Canadian Medical Services 1939-1945 (2 volumes) by W. R. Feasby published in 1953. You can read volume 1 by clicking here and volume 2 by clicking here

Death their enemy: Canadian Medical Practitioners and War by Bill Rawling published in 2001

A History of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps: Seventy Years of Service by Colonel G.W.L. Nicholson published in 1977

Post-WW2

The Myriad Challenges of Peace : Canadian Forces Medical Practitioners Since the Second World War by Bill Rawling published in 2004

UNIT HISTORY

No 1 Canadian General Hospital by Kenneth Cameron published in 1928

No 3 Canadian General Hospital in France (author unknown)

No 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) 1914-1919 by R. C. Fetherstonhaugh published in 1928

No 4 Canadian Hospital: The Letters of Professor J. J. McKenzie from the Salonika Front by J. J. Mackenzie published in 1933

A history of no 7 (Queen’s) Canadian General Hospital

Battle for life by A.M. Jack Hyatt and Nancy Geddes Poole published in 2004 (history of 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital in WW1 and 10th Canadian General Hospital in WW2)

Stretcher bearer … at the Double by Frederick W. Noyes (history of the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance)

History records of number 8 Canadian Field Ambulance 1915-1913 by Lieutenant –Colonel J. N. Gunn published in 1929 (history of the 8th Canadian Field Ambulance)

Diary of the Eleventh (history of the 11th Canadian Field Ambulance)

The Military Medical Units of Hamilton, Ontario in Peace and War 1900-1990 by A.R.C. Butson published in 1990

Salute to the Air Force Medical Branch by Harold M. Wright published 1999

NURSING SISTER

Canada’s Nursing Sisters by G.W.L. Nicholson published in 1975

Sister heroines: The Roseate Glow of Wartime Nursing 1914-1918 by Marjorie Barron Norris published in 2002

An Officer and a Lady by Cynthya Toman published in 2007

Canadian Foreign Awards to Nursing Service Mentioned-in-Despatches World War I (1914-1919) edited by Jim Wallace in 2001

PERSONAL ACCOUNT – MEMOIRS – BIOGRAPHY

From a Stretcher Handle: The World War 1 Journal and Poems of Pte. Frank Walker published in 2000

Four Score and Ten – Memoirs of a Canadian Nurse (story of Nursing Sister Maude Wilkinson) published in 2003

Lights Out: A Canadian Nursing Sister’s Tale by Katherine M. Wilson-Simmie published in 1981

Nobody Ever Wins a War by Ella Mae Bongard (edited by Eric Scott) published in 1998

Our Bit: Memories of War Service by a Canadian Nursing Sister by Mabel Clint published in 1934

Agnes Warner and the Nursing Sister of the Great War by Agnes Warner (edited by Swawna M. Quinn) published in 2010

The War Diary of Clare Gass 1915-1918 by Clare Gass (edited by Susan Mann) and published in 2000

Margaret MacDonald Imperial Daughter by Susan Mann published in 2005

Never Leave Your head Uncovered: A Canadian Nursing Sister in World War Two by Doris V. Carter published in 1999

The military Nurses of Canada : Recollections of Canadian Military Nurses (3 volumes) by Edith A. Landells published in 1993

Although it was never published as a book, you can find Nursing Sister Helen L. Fowlds letters and diary on the Trent University website. Her letters can be read by clicking here and her diaries can be read by clicking here.

FRENCH BOOK

Dans la tourmente : Deux hôpitaux militaires canadiens-français (1915-1919) by Michel Litalien published in 2003

Briser les ailes de l’ange : Les infirmières militaires canadiennes (1914-1918) by Mélanie Morin-Pelletier published in 2006

Pacific Para Trooper

Pacific Para Trooper is a new blog; the author is transposing his father, Everett Smith, scrapbook into a blog. His father served with the 11th Airborne in the Pacific during WW2. His story is not just about war but life at war. His letters are very interesting and give an honest firsthand account on what was really going on there.

You can read his blog by clicking here

Captain Claude Hollingworth Philips

Captain Claude Hollingworth Philips served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1 and after WW1 in Afghanistan. He also served with South African Medical Corps during WW2. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the India General Service Medal 1908-35 clasp Afghanistan North West Fronter 1919, the WW2 War Medal (South Africa) and the Africa Service Medal.

July 26th , 1889: He was born in Lucerne, Switzerland. His father was Colonel James Philips of the Indian Staff Corps

1901 UK census : Listed as a school boarder in Bexhill, Sussex, England

1914 : Qualified as Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery of the Society of Apothecaries (London Hospital)

Captain Philips WW1 Medal Index Card

March 18th 1915 : Married to Dorothy Suthers at St-James Church in Middlesex. He was a lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps and his father was a retired Colonel. Listed as living at Milton house, Clarence street, Brighton. He still had the same address in the 1919 medical Register.

Claude H Philips wedding

June 15th : Transferred to France with the rank of Lieutenant.

February 15th 1917: Relinquished his rank of Captain

November 27th: He was promoted to temporary Captain (London Gazette)

November 1919: Promoted to the rank of Captain (full)

Served in the Afghanistan Campaign with an Indian Field Ambulance

1920 : Practised medicine in Tanzania, Africa.

October 1st, 1923 : He applied for the medals. His addresses were given as Lincoln Hall Hotel, Upper Bedford Place, London W.C., and ‘Melrose’, College Hill, Steyning, Sussex.

In the Medical Register of that year his address is in Tanganyika (Tanzania) Territory Medical Service was stationed at Zanzibar for 16 years.

1927-1955 : His address is now East Africa Medical Service

March 1941 : Moved to Durban South Africa (302 Montpelier road) and register as a doctor.

During WW2 : Served with the South Africa Medical Corps.

1946 : Moved back from South Africa to United Kingdom. His address in South Africa was 302 Montpelier road, Durban

July 31st, 1948 : Arrived from in South Hampton, U.K. on the Durban Castle from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

March 14th, 1958 : Arrived in UK on the Warwick Castle from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He intended to stay 11 months in United Kingdom.

December 4th: Sailed from South Hampton, United Kingdom on the Winchester castle to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

1959 : From the Medical Register, listed as living Port Elizabeth, South Africa

December 30th, 1960 : Sailed on the Athlone Castle from Durban, South Africa and arrived in South Hampton United Kingdom on that day. He intended to stay 12 months in United Kingdom.

1964 : From the Medical Register, listed as living on 5 New Road, Steyning, Sussex.

1968 : Not listed in the Medical Register.

1973 : Died in Sussex (in the fourth quarter)

This gentleman had a most interesting military and medicine career serving in three military campaigns (WW1, Afghanistan and WW2) with two countries. He also practiced medicine in four countries and two continents. One of a few men who probably seeked adventure before money.

If you know more information on this gentleman especially about his military service, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography and also I would like to know the whereabouts of his military medals.

Dieppe Raid – 70 years after – The journals of Doc Alexander

Sunday August 19th 2012 will be the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. To commemorate that anniversary I recommend the reading of the the journals of Dr. L. G. “Doc” Alexander, Medical Officer with the Calgary Tank Regiment during the Dieppe Raid.

His grandson is putting his grandfather war journals online exactly 70th years after the entries were written, it is a fascinating story.

Tomorrow will be the entry of the Raid and I am most curious to see how this how this event was viewed by someone who lived it front row.

I love reading personal war diaries because they give you a real account about what happened. You find many information in these journals that you do get with the official history or books that were written many years after the facts by historian that were never there but try to make an analysis of the events with “if” and interpretation of the facts.

You can go to the website by clicking here.

Canadian Army Medical Corps – some gravestones

During my many research over the years, I was able to find some men who served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in WW1 and WW2 who died while in service and in Canada. Here are a few of those for which I took a picture of their gravestone.

Private Peter Joseph Cotton (02695) died on July 29th, 1915 at the age of 33. He was with the 2nd Field Ambulance Depot. He is buried at the Hamilton Cemetery in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Private Albert William Richards (C 27255) died on November 7th 1940 at the age of 40. He is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Regimental-Sergeant-Major William A Church D.C.M. (C 474500) died on May 12th, 1941. He was born December 1st, 1895 in Stirling, Scotland. He is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Private Charles Timothy Lindsay (C 42321) died on November 22nd, 1943 at the age of 64. He is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Private Francis Owen Enright (C 64753) died on May 1st, 1945 at the age of 26. He is buried at Notre-Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Private Sylvester J Rozak (C 51525) died on October 7th 1947 at the age of 26. He is buried at Notre-Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Captain Reginald John Brown died on December 7th 1941 at the age of 48. He is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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If you know more information on these gentlemen, please leave me message so I can add it to their small biographies.