REST IN PEACE, AL WILSON…

REST IN PEACE, AL WILSON…

  A wonderful supporter of our website has passed away.  Al Wilson, the cartoonist who, along with his wife, Carol, generously gave us permission to share the collection with all of you has passed away.  We know that they regularly checked out each month’s edition…         “Al served 35 years in the RCAF as Armament Systems Technician and Technician Armament.  He was a cartoonist for the military newspapers and Shelburne Coast Guard for many years.  He was awarded the Order of Military Merit and recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and his 50 year pin from the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 148 Clark’s Harbour.  Al dedicated much time and expertise to the Remembrance Day Services and to visiting schools during Remembrance Day week.  Al volunteered in many organizations in his community including being Justice of the Peace for 5 years.” Online condolences may be sent to huskilson@ns.aliantzinc.ca or you may sign the guest book at www.huskilson.net. We will continue to honour Al’s work each...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ FEBRUARY

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue.        ...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ JANUARY

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue.        ...
CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED

CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED

A CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED.  IT WAS SUCCESSFULLY PURCHASED BY THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM FOR $350,000.  THE MEDALS WERE AWARDED TO COLIN FRASER BARRON. The Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium in November 1917… where more than 500,000 people including 15,000 Canadians, were either killed or seriously wounded during the prolonged fight, as weeks of rain and shell fire churned the battlefield into a sea of mud and blood… Yet amid the horrors that enveloped a small part of Belgium in the summer and fall of 1917, nine Canadians would be awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Empire’s highest medal for extreme bravery. Now, in December 2017, one of those medals, awarded to 24 year old Cpl. Colin Barron for his actions 100 years ago, was to be auctioned in London on December 5th. What is fascinating about Barron is not just the caliber of the citation, but one might even call it a suicidal mission to do what he did, according to David Erskine -  Hill, an historian. “He strikes me as a soldiers’ soldier. He is out there to help his comrades , and whilst he takes lives, the enemy, he also saves many, his comrades.” On November 6th, 1917, a cold drizzle was falling on the muddy, shell torn and blood soaked fields surrounding the Belgian village and ridge bearing the Passchendaele name.  The men of the Canadian Corps, clerks, farmers, miners, lumberjacks, shopkeepers, and in Barron’s case, a railway worker, had been fighting in the quagmire of mud for just over two weeks, without water and even less food....