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APPLICATION FOR A VETERANS MEMORIAL BANNER
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 11 MORDEN MB-FOR-LEGION-MEMORIAL-BANNER-1
Trooper Fredrick K. Allen
1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Armoured Car Regiment
11 October 1918 – 04 June 1996
Fred was born in the Rural Municipality of Stanley on 11 October 1918. He joined the 12
Manitoba Dragoons as a Trooper 30 December 1941 at age 22 and served with the 18
Armoured Car Regiment, driving an armoured car throughout his service. These vehicles were the leading edge of troop movement into towns and villages and were also used for reconnaissance. He served in England and Europe. During the liberation of Holland in 1945, he met Leny TenBos from Losser, Holland and after the war ended, they were married 22 December 1945. Freds unit was slated for return to Canada so he changed units while stationed in Holland to extend his stay but was eventually shipped home in April 1946. Fred was demobilized 18 March 1946 in Winnipeg.
Leny was advised the night before that the ship she was booked on would be leaving the next day. She along with many other War Brides left Rotterdam 28 August 1946bound for Canada. She left her home and all the amenities of a city to go to a farm east of Thornhill with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no central heating and roads that were all but impassable during the winter. Fred had warned her and she was not taken by surprise.
For about a month and a half Fred and Leny lived with his mother, which presented no real problem as Leny spoke English quite well. They then moved into the same house they occupied for the next 33 years. They eventually built a new home in 1980.
The Allen’s raised six children on the farm at Thornhill – three boys and three girls, Joan 1947, Theo 1949, Marlene 1951, Fred 1953, Marianne 1957 and Marcel 1958.
In spite of having a busy household and farm to operate, Fred served on several boards over the years, Manitoba Pool Elevators, United Church and Thornhill School Board and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Morden Branch 11, for over 50 years. Additionally Fred drove School Bus for Thornhill and Morden Schools and very much enjoyed the friendship of the other drivers.
Fred and Leny enjoyed watching their children and later their grandchildren grow up. They celebrated their 50
Wedding Anniversary 07 October 1995 and Fred passed away 04 June 1996, a short seven months later. He was followed by Leny 27 June 2001 and daughter Joan 27 April 2018.
Fred and Leny were wonderful parents.
Information submitted by Theo Allen
Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Raymond Thomas Allen
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
Royal Canadian Air Force
Raymond Thomas Allen was born 20 March 1920 in Killarney, Manitoba to William and Constance Allen, William had immigrated to Canada from London England. Raymond had three siblings, all sisters, Beatrice, Marjorie (Samson) and Helen. They grew up in Crystal City, Manitoba and lived there until the family relocated to Winnipeg.
Raymond enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 30 October 1941 and served until he was demobilized and transferred to the Class “E” General Reserve list, 21 January 1946. Raymond’s demobilization certificate indicates that he did serve in a theatre of war and only the CVSM is listed. This is not unusual as many medals were issued long after the members had been demobilized. In this case entitlement would probably be 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, CVSM (as above) and 1939-45 War Medal. This will be updated when more information becomes available.
Raymond married Lorraine Morden 27 December 1941, shortly after his enlistment. After his release from the RCAF they settled in Morden, Manitoba. Raymond and Lorraine had four children, William (Bill), Barry, Robert (Bob) and Barbara (Barb). He was employed with the Provincial Government as a Sheriff and Clerk for the Southern Manitoba Judicial District. Raymond was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Morden Branch 11 and served on the executive as President in 1966.
Raymond Thomas Allen passed away 14 September 1978 and is buried at the Hillside Cemetery in Morden.
Information supplied by the family.
Flight Sergeant Henry Isaac Bergman
France and Germany Star, Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp
War Medal 1939-45
Royal Canadian Air Force
158 Squadron Royal Air Force
Henry was born 1 March 1925, in Russia and moved to his beloved Canada in 1926. After finishing high school he enlisted in the R.C.A.F. as a young lad of 18 years. He served as a Rear Air Gunner on the Hadley Page Halifax Bomber as one of a 7 member crew. They were assigned to fly, the soon to be famous Halifax Bomber, “Friday the 13
”. This bomber holds the record, among Halifax Bombers, for the most successful raids over enemy territory. It flew 128 missions and returned each time. Henry’s first bombing raid over Germany was an experience. To quote him, “The 8 hour flight from the air base of the 158 Squadron in Lisset, England, was a somewhat startling initiation for this farm boy from the prairies. It’s amazing how fast you grew up.” One of the missions he flew was an attack on an island in the North Sea which the German Navy used as a base for its U-Boats. The mission was important because the island allowed Germany to block off a supply route for Great Britain and the Allies.
A pleasant memory for Henry was, while on leave over Christmas of 1944 and staying in a hostel in England, he felt very much alone and was hoping to run into someone he might know. He was in an elevator with another Serviceman, and both stepped out on the same floor. They began going in opposite directions, but stopped, turned around, and looked at each other. It turned out the other Serviceman was Neil Penner of Morden, another Banner Boy. They spent 10 days together. They were both blessed by God’s unique gift to comfort them with a part of home for Christmas.
Upon his return home from England, Henry married 16 year old Midge Mosurinjohn, 15 September 1945, whom he met in Winnipeg. They were married for 57 years. He elected to stay in the Air Force after the war and became an Aero Engine Technician and a Flight Engineer, graduating from No.1 Technical Training School, R.C.A.F. Aylmer, Ontario, 14 August 1947. Henry and Midge moved their family 7 times before he left the Forces to settle in Morden in 1955. They were blessed with 5 children, Patricia Plett (deceased), Peggy Bergman, Kathryn Broughton, Wendy Penner and Wayne Bergman (deceased). They also enjoyed their two grandsons, Jeffery Bergman (Kathryn) and Shawn Bergman (Peggy). He proudly served in the R.C.A.F. for 12 years.
Henry loved Morden and served his community in so many capacities that he was awarded the Kinsman Community Service Award in 1989. He and Midge instilled the ethic of service to community deeply into their children and both Wayne and Patricia also received the Kinsman Community Award for Service to Morden, in later years. Midge proudly received the Senior Citizens Award for service to Morden.
Henry’s faith was the No. 1 aspect of his life and he served the Lord and Christ Lutheran Church in every way possible throughout his lifetime. He was constantly studying scripture and loved to share his faith with everyone. His earthly life ended 18 August 2001, age 76, at which time he received his promotion to be present with the Lord.
Henry’s, was a life of Service well lived.
Respectfully submitted by Wendy (daughter) and George Penner.
Sergeant Brian Grant Burkitt
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
Royal Canadian Air Force
Brian began his life journey in Morden, Manitoba 28 January 1950, the second of four children born to Russel and Edna (Lechner) Burkitt. He completed his grade school & high school in Morden. He loved to play pool, driving fast cars, especially his Super B. If you were looking for Brian, he was either at the pool hall or in the driveway on Nelson Street tinkering on his car.
At the age of 18, Brian enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces 02 August 1968 in Winnipeg, MB. He was initially an aircraft technician and later trained as a Flight Engineer and was transferred to 418 AR (Air Reserve) Squadron in Edmonton. The role of 418 AR Squadron was light transport, training and search and rescue.
Brian married, raised 2 children and resided in Edmonton, Alberta.
On 06 June 1986 a Cessna 182, with 2 people onboard, crashed in the vicinity of Guinns Lake in the Kananaskis region west of Calgary. Despite the marginal weather a search was initiated and a Cessna 185, with 3 people on board, launched and began the search. A short time later it too crashed. This particular aircraft crash site was located the next day, 09 June. On 14 June, eight days after the search had been initiated, the missing Cessna 182 aircraft had not been located. At this time 418 Squadron was tasked to provide two aircraft for the search. Rescue 804 and 807 left Edmonton and refueled at Springbank Airport, near Calgary. Rescue 807 took on board 5 Civil Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) volunteers to act as spotters and then flew out to its assigned search area. After 30 – 40 minutes flight time an Emergency Locater Transmitter was heard by Rescue 804, the other Twin Otter aircraft on the search, and they quickly located the crash site. On 14 June 1986, Brian was one of eight people on board CC-13807 Twin Otter aircraft. All on board perished.
The investigation concluded the accident was caused by an illusion when the sun’s high angle and lack of shadow on terrain caused the pilot to perceive the mountains distance deceptively far away.
The crash site of the first Cessna 182 was located on 18 June 1986. The search had claimed 3 military and 8 civilian lives.
Three months later, a service held by the Government of Alberta named three lakes in the Kananaskis Valley the “Memorial Lakes” in honor of the people who lost their lives. A cairn with a bronze plaque stands just above the third and highest-altitude lake as a perpetual memorial.
Thirty years later, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Jim Gillespie, of 418 Squadron Association, delivered a tribute commemorating the loss of Twin Otter 807 and her Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew. Members of the 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron Association placed commemorative stones at the Aviation Memorial located in front of the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Alberta to ensure that Sergeant Brian Burkitt and the other two members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who lost their lives in the service of their country, are not forgotten.
“They did not grow old as we who were left grew old. Age did not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we still remember them.” Adapted from Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For the Fallen”.
Information on the crashes and rescue attempts are from a news article at the Alberta Aviation Museum, 14 July 2016.
Russell Alfred Burkitt
1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp,1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
02 August 1921 – 20 May 2015
Russell was born 02 August 1921 to Alfred and Myrtle (Armstrong) Burkitt in Thornhill, Manitoba. He was the second of 5 children.
In May of 1940, at the age of 18, Russell enlisted in the army in Winnipeg and became a member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. After his initial training he was sent to England, landing 02 September 1940 by a Tank Landing Craft. He served as a driver and line patrol.
Russell was involved in the Battle for Normandy and the City of Caen, 14 kilometers inland from the Normandy coast. The area to the south of the city was relatively flat and Allied Airforce Commanders wanted the area captured to put in runways and more aircraft on French soil. Canadians were involved in the battle to capture of the suburbs to the south of the city, 18 – 20 July 1944. Russell had served for four years and while on line patrol at Caen, he was severely wounded on 19 July 1944. He spent five months at a hospital in England due to his significant injuries. In December 1944 he was sent home, by Hospital Ship, and then transferred to Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg until released in 1945.
After recovering from his war injuries Russell returned home to Thornhill, Manitoba and married his long time sweetheart Edna Lechner and they began farming. They had four children while living on the farm and lived there until 1962 when they moved to Morden. Russell worked in the area for several years and then began a long career with the Pipeline.
Russell loved to fly and with 5 other local pilots, co-founded Stanley Flying Club in 1964 (now called Morden Flying Club). The 6 pilots and first officers of the club were Rollie Lumb – President, Hank Wiens – Secretary-Treasurer, Henry Loewen – Vice-President, Ben Wiebe – Grounds, Russell Burkitt – Public Relations and Art Best – Membership. Russel was always challenging himself; therefore, he purchased & flew many different types of planes throughout his years of active flying. He loved spending time with family and friends, curling, playing cards, dancing, reading everything about aviation and traveling the world with Edna. In his later years he enjoyed family visits, reading Louis Lamour westerns, listening to music and watching sports. He generously donated too many community organizations.
Russell was a member of the Morden Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 for 69 years until his passing 20 May 2015.
Information from Morden Centennial Booklet and on the Battle of Caen from Wikipedia, II Canadian Corps History.
Flying Officer John Victor Ching
1939 – 1945 Star, Atlantic Star
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Air Force
15 April 1922 – 05 December 1986
John Victor “Vic” Ching grew up on a small farm SW of Morden. His parents John Wesley and Alice (Neil) Ching raised him and his younger brother Gordon on their mixed farm. He worked hard and loved farm life.
Vic was a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on 407 “Demon” Squadron of Coastal Command. The squadron was initially designated as a Coastal Strike (CS) squadron, responsible for attacks against enemy shipping and when assigned the Wellington aircraft in 1943, they were designated as a General Reconnaissance (GR) Squadron and their role changed to anti-submarine duty to keep Allied shipping safe.
· Vic enlisted in Portage la Prairie 06 November 1941 and was stationed at MacDonald, MB for wireless and flying training and Paulson, MB for wireless and gunnery training. During training he flew in the Avro Anson, and the Bolingbroke (a reconnaissance trainer for maritime patrol). It is at this time that he would have been awarded his AG Wings (Air Gunner).
· When he went overseas, he was stationed in south-west England out of Chivenor, although they flew in and out of many bases. He flew in Lockheed Hudson from February 1942 – April 1943. While continuing to train for flying and radio instruction, he briefly flew in the Blackburn Botha.
· From 27 October 1943 – 12 June 1945, he flew in Wellingtons, patrolling the waters surrounding England. He flew close to 200 flights over the North Sea, the English Channel, the Norwegian Coast, the Bay of Biscay, south of Ireland, and the Western Approaches. They often flew so low that wave spray would at times wash over their windscreen. His squadron was one of the best at sub hunting – hence the name “Demons”. As the war was nearing its end, 407 Squadron was searching out the enemy and shifting to protecting Allied ships.
· During its war time existence, 08 May 1941 – 04 June 1945, 407 Squadron flew 11,926 operational hours and suffered 24 squadron members killed and a further 151 presumed dead. Training had its risks and a further 38 were killed and 20 presumed dead during 3759 nonoperational flying hours. Undoubtedly, during his time with the squadron Vic would have known many of them.
Vic was awarded Royal Canadian Air Force Operational Wings for completing his tour.
Vic was offered a desk job after the war but his desire was to go home to the Shadeland District. He was demobilized 28 September 1945 and he returned and farmed with his father and brother. He had corresponded with Norma Spangelo during the war and on 29 June 1946, they were married. They settled on SE 23-2-7 and started a family. They had 2 children, John Lloyd, and Norma Gail. It was a mixed farm, Vic milked cows, raised chickens, a few pigs, and farmed 3 quarters of crop land until 1977 when a stroke slowed him down. Vic served as a councillor for the RM of Pembina and started the morning fires for heat in the one room school that he had attended before the war-the same school where his children would go. Vic was a highly active member of Morden Legion Branch 11 for 40 years. He did not talk about the war or his time there, he put it behind him and lived on his farm until his death, 05 December 1986.
Information provided by the Ching family and the National Museum of Man book on RCAF Squadron Histories and Aircraft.
Private Chas (Charlie) Dell
1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45
Royal Montreal Regiment
Chas (Charlie) Dell was born 28 July 1923 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan to Henry and Elizabeth (Deg) Dell. He was the third of 7 children, Elsie (Macmillan), Tillie (Tuford), Charlie, Violet, Fred, Mabel (Leech), Pearl, and Gerald. The family lived in Lloydminster until 1926, Charlie was 3, when they moved to Portage la Prairie where Charlie grew up and got his education.
Henry Dell, Charlie’s father, enlisted with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 08 July 1940 and his brother Fred also enlisted while underage. Charlie joined the Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR) in New Westminster, British Columbia and after training was sent to England. The RMR was initially a Machine Gun unit when sent to England and in January 1943 they were re-designated as a Reconnaissance Regiment and became part of the Canadian Armoured Corps. They were converted back to Infantry in April 1944 and designated as the First Army Headquarters Defence Company (RMR). They left for France 28 July 1944, Charlie’s 21
birthday. Charlie served in France and Holland.
In 1945, after the war and while stationed in Amsterdam, Charlie met and married Helena (Lenie) Kassteen. Charlie was repatriated in late 1945 and Lenie came to Canada as a war bride, sometime in 1946. They settled in Portage la Prairie, where Charlie had grown up, and started to build a life together. Charlie and Lenie had 4 children Ralph, John, Terry and Grace while living in Portage la Prairie. They moved to Morden in 1954 and had another daughter, Lenie.
Charlie went to work for Manitoba Telephone System in 1947 and stayed with them until retirement in 1982. Throughout his time in Morden he was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Legion was a big supporter of children’s sporting activities and Charlie spent much of his time coaching baseball in the summer and supporting his kid’s hockey endeavors in the winter.
Chas (Charlie) Dell died 24 July 1991 at 67 years, just 4 days short of his 68
birthday. He is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden, Manitoba.
Information from Royal Montreal Regiment History and Family
Gunner Francis (Frank) Doney
1939 – 1945 Star, France & Germany Star
Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp
War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Korea Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, UN Korea Medal
Fort Garry Horse WWII
Signal Corps Korea
Frank was born in Morden and grew up on the family farm northwest of Thornhill. At the age of 17 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, serving with the Fort Garry Horse – Light Artillery. In WWII, Frank served as Gunner in the #5 Coy, Canadian Forestry Corps in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe from 1940-1945.
Frank served from 1950-1952 as a Signalman in the Canadian Army Special Force, Signal Corps in Korea where he was awarded the Korea Medal.
In 1953 in Winnipeg, he married Iris Wilhelmina Annie Scott of London, England and made their home back in Thornhill. They were blessed with two children, Malcolm and Susan.
In 1965 the family farm was sold and the Doney’s moved to 12
street in Morden across from the park. In Morden he held several occupations including machinery mechanic, pipeline labourer, Stationary Engineer at Morden Fine Foods, Morden Hospital, and CSP Foods in Altona.
Frank’s participation in two international conflicts remained especially important to him as he became involved with the Morden chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion. He helped organize sports programs, and bingos. Frank was a life member of the Legion and served on the executive and one term as President in 1970. Speaking to students about Remembrance Day was incredibly important to him; he and Iris continued to take part in school ceremonies well into retirement.
Information submitted by Sue (Doney) and Murray Braun
Corporal Iris Wilhelmina (Scott) Doney
Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45
Women’s auxiliary Air Force
Iris was born and raised in London, England. Her father served in the Second Boer War and in the Black Watch Regiment as a Sergeant Major and in World War I. In 1940 she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). One of her responsibilities during the war was to deliver parts by plane to various airfields in England. She was discharged from the service in 1946 at the rank of Corporal.
In 1948, Iris moved to Lethbridge, Alberta to live with her sister Lily and husband John Doney (Frank’s brother) where she worked in a dress shop and specialized as a graduate corsetiere. In 1951 she moved to Winnipeg and worked at The Bay until she married Frank in 1953. Iris and Frank moved to the Thornhill farm and raised their two children, Malcolm and Susan. In 1965, the farm was sold and they moved to Morden.
Iris became involved in the Morden Horticultural Society and everyone enjoyed her English style garden. She worked at the Simpson’s mail order office and Appelt’s Jewelry in the 1960’s and then worked at the Elementary School library. In the 1970’s she worked at the Morden Town Library and was known as “the library lady” until she retired. Iris was a long serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Information submitted by Sue (Doney) and Murray Braun
Sapper John Dyck
1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
War Medal 1939-45
Royal Canadian Engineers
25 October 1919 – 30 March 1988
John was born 25 October 1919, the second of four children of John and Maria Dyck. He grew up in the Lowe Farm area and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in the fall of 1942 at Plum Coulee. As a farm kid he had gained lots of mechanical experience, fixing equipment, and ended up being a mechanic – driver. He served in France and Germany until the end of the war and was returned to Canada. He was demobilized, 02 April 1946, and wasted no time getting to Morden to see the girl he had met a before being sent to Europe. John went directly to the Masons Hospital, she was a nurse, and asked for her. The Matron went and found her and said, ”Agatha, there’s a soldier here to see you.” John and Agatha Peters were married 23 June 1946, a short 2 1/2 months after his return.
John worked as a mechanic for a short time but eventually ended up at the Morden Experimental Farm, now the Morden Research Station, and became a Steam Fitter a certification he maintained for the remainder of his life.
John and Agatha lived most of their married life in three different houses on First Street and raised three children. Linda 1954, Ronald 1955 and Sharon 1959. John participated in many Legion activities. He and Agatha were also involved in the Horticulture Society and won some community awards for landscaping. He enjoyed experimenting with the grafting of apple trees, something he did for more than 20 years, and some of his handy-work is still growing at 337 First Street.
John was a great believer in the Credit Union organization and got involved as board member, eventually becoming the manager of the Morden Credit Union in the early seventies. He was the manager when Morden, Manitou and Miami Credit Unions merged and remained as the overall manager until his health forced him to retire in 1984.
John always loved his work but his passion was fishing and it did not take much convincing that this would be a good week to go to Grand Rapids. He enjoyed his trips with friends but loved the trips with his family, especially after there were grandchildren that went as well. There were days he would just drive the boat and never put a hook in the water because, “its way more fun watching everybody else catch fish”. Many friends and family that went fishing with John, got Master Angler Awards but that honour never fell on him. Just too busy watching and enjoying the fun.
Johns was diagnosed with lung cancer (Mesotheliomia) mid 1987, the result of working with asbestos as a Steam Fitter. He passed away 30 March 1988.
Information submitted by Linda and Sharon.
Private Henry Feakes
1939 – 1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, 1939-45 war Medal
Lake Superior Regiment
Henry Feakes was born 14 November 1922 in the village of Weidenfeld, Manitoba. The family moved to Plum Coulee, Manitoba when Henry was 4 years old. As a young boy and as a young man he worked as a farm labourer and also on the railroad.
Henry enlisted in the Armed Forces of Canada 22 April 1943 and received his basic training in Winnipeg. With German U-boat activity in the St. Lawrence some elements of the Canadian Army did serve in guarding the Seaway and Henry served in this capacity. Henry married Eva Wall 21 November 1943 in Morden, Manitoba, just prior to his transfer to the Lake Superior Regiment (Motorized).
The Regiment landed in Normandy 20 July 1944 and for the next 10 months assisted in the task of pushing back the German armies in France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany. The LSR (Motorized) engaging in many of the major battles during this time. Henry served with the Regiment until repatriated in 1945.
Henry returned to Canada aboard the hospital ship, Lady Nelson, and then to Winnipeg by train. He was discharged 19 December 1945 and returned to Plum Coulee. Once back home Henry became a well-known carpenter and volunteer firefighter, serving 41 years, and also became a charter member of the Plum Coulee Kinsman Club in 1957 and served until the charter was dissolved 11 June 1973. Henry live in Plum Coulee until he was 90 years old.
Henry Feakes passed away at the Boundary Trails Health Centre in 2014 and is buried in the Plum Coulee Cemetery, Plum Coulee, Manitoba.
Information from Thunder Bay Museum Regimental History and the Family
PRIVATE JOHN (JACK) ALEXANDER GIBSON
British War Medal 1914-1918, Victory Medal 1914-191
Canadian Mounted Rifles
John Alexander (called Jack) Gibson was born 04 February 1898 on the family farm at Rosebank Manitoba to James S. and Barbara (Hardy) Gibson. He was the 8
of 11 children, 4 sisters (Nellie, Ethel, Eva and Laura) and 6 brothers (William, Fredrick, James, George, Edward and Archibald). He was raised, went to school and later farmed in the Rosebank area.
Jack, like many young men of that time, lied about his age, using the birth date of his older sister Ethel when he enlisted with his brother Edward. Jack joined the 222
Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in Winnipeg, Manitoba 01 March 1916. He trained in Canada and shipped out on the S.S. Olympic and arrived in England on 20 November 1916. He was posted to the First Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles (CMR) on 21 April 1917. He landed in France from Branshott, England on 20 April 1917. The Canadian Mounted Rifles had been dismounted and converted to infantry in 1915 as the trench warfare was not conducive to mounted troops. Jack’s unit fought at the Second Battle of Passchendaele and the Second Battle of the Somme. Jack survived and was awarded a Good Conduct Strip on 25 March 1918 and was returned to England 13 February 1919. On 12 March he embarked for Canada on RMS Baltic. Jack was demobilized 25 March 1919 at Brandon, Manitoba and returned home to Rosebank. Once home Jack made it very clear he never wanted to talk about “trenches” again.
Jack married Mary Anderson Stuart on 23 November 1933. They lived on the Gibson farm north of Rosebank and raised their family there. They had 3 sons, Donald (married Elaine Woods, children Heather and Brenda), James (married Irene Harris, children Michael), and Kenneth (married Patricia Urquhart, children David and Katherine). They remained on the farm until they retired to Rosebank in the early 1960’s.
John (Jack) Alexander Gibson, age 72, died in the Morden Hospital on 04 August 1970, 20 miles from Rosebank.
He is buried in the Miami, Manitoba Cemetery.
GUNNER ELMER FRANK KINSMAN
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA)
Elmer was born in Windygates, Manitoba to James and Annie (Kroetsch) Kinsman on 13 September 1918. He was the eldest of six children and he spent the majority of his life in Windygates.
In 1941 at the age of 23 years he joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Winnipeg and began his training.
On 24 December 1941 Elmer married Edna Pearl Cowan. Very shortly after their marriage Elmer shipped out to England for more training. Eventually he was deployed to southern Italy as a Driver Mechanic and later to Belgium where he remained until Peace was declared in 1945.
Upon his return home Elmer and Edna farmed in Windygates for a number of years until he took up employment as a mechanic for Peter Wolf Garage in Morden. Later he was employed by W.E. Veals in Darlingford and then was self-employed in his own garage, Downtown Motors in Darlingford. During these years of farming and working as a mechanic, Elmer and Edna had two daughters, Judi Hodgson, Kaleida and Jacqui Tickner, Darlingford.
In 1963 he and his family moved from Windygates to Darlingford where they remained until they retired to Legion House in Morden.
Elmer was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion – Morden Branch 11.
He was very proud of his Military history. Two of his brothers also served, Harvey and Orval. Harvey was killed in action in Normandy.
Elmer passed away 17 December 2006 at the age of 88 and in 2012 his daughters donated some of his military records and service medals to the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. On 11 September 2017 Judi and Jacqui, along with Cousin Harvey, went to France and visited the Centre to view the temporary exhibition “From Vimy to Juno”. Included in the exhibition were family artifacts of Edward and Frank Kroetsch, uncles to Elmer and WW 1 Veterans. Also included were previous donations of records and medals of Harvey Kinsman, Elmer Kinsman, Orval Kinsman and his wife Nora Snyder. All served in WW 2.
Information supplied by Jaqui Tickner.
Rifleman Harvey Lloyd Kinsman
1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Artillery
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Harvey, one of six children, was born 19 September 1923 to James and Annie (Kroetsch) Kinsman. He was raised and educated in the Windygates and Darlingford district of Manitoba. Three of their children Harvey, Elmer and Orval served their country during WW II.
Harvey enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery 12 June 1942 and saw service on Kiska Island. On 06 June 1942 the Japanese had taken Kiska Island, an island of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, from the Americans. On 15 August 1943 Harvey was part of the 13
Infantry Brigade, which along with the American Forces reclaimed Kiska Island.
Returning from the Kiska operation in January 1944, he transferred to the infantry, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and went overseas in May. Harvey reached France in July and was transferred from Battalion HQ to Queen’s Own Rifles “B” Company on 01 August. Although the Battle for Normandy had been ongoing for more than two months it was far from over. On 10 August 1944 in the area of Bretteville-sur-Laize, France the Queen’s Own Rifles were shelled at 0500, which continued for much of the day and “B” Company had multiple engagements with the enemy. Rifleman Harvey Kinsman was a casualty of the day’s action.
Harvey is buried at the Bretteville-sur Liaze Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados France and is commemorated on Page 353 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
Information from family, newspaper article Sep 1944 and Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental History and Veterans Affairs Canada.
GUNNER ORVAL EZRA KINSMAN
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM)
1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA)
Orval was born in Windygates, Manitoba to James and Annie (Kroetsch) Kinsman on 25 September 1925. He was the fourth in line of six children and he spent the majority of his life in Windygates, Darlingford, and Morden.
In 1942 at the age of 17 years he joined the Royal Canadian Horse artillery in Winnipeg and began his training. He never left Canada but served until the end of hostilities in 1945.
In 1950 Orval married Nora Snyder (a veteran of the Canadian Women’s Army Corp). Nora contracted polio during the polio epidemic of the early 1950’s and Orval was widowed in 1953. In later years he married Audrey Renton of Morden who predeceased him in 1999.
Upon his return home from service Orval farmed in Windygates for a few years until he took up employment as a mechanic. He worked as a mechanic in various places.
In retirement he moved to a house in Morden and finally to Legion House.
Orval was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 in Morden.
He was very proud of his and his family’s Military history, as two of his brothers, Elmer (RCHA) and Harvey (QOCH) also served. Harvey was killed in action in Normandy.
Orval passed away 15 October 2001 at the age of 76. In 2012 his family donated some of his military records and service medals to the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. On 11 September 2017 son Harvey, along with cousins Judi and Jacqui (daughters of Elmer) went to France and visited the Centre to view the temporary exhibition “From Vimy to Juno”. Included in the exhibition were family artifacts of Edward and Frank Kroetsch, Veterans of WW I and uncles to Orval, Elmer and Harvey. Also included in the temporary exhibition were previous donations of records and medals of Harvey Kinsman, Elmer Kinsman, Orval Kinsman and his wife Nora (Snyder) Kinsman. All served in WW 2.
Private Edward John Kroetsch
British War Medal, Victory Medal
184 Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force
25 June 1893 – 11 October 1970
Edward joined the armed forces in Morden with his brother, Franklin. They both filed attestation papers on 18 March 1916 in Morden, MB. Edward was accepted based on his strength and rifle skills and assigned to the 184
Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War One. Prior to departing for overseas, Edward spent time in Winnipeg and Camp Hughes for military training maneuvers. Franklin was assigned the role of a machine gun operator. Following their training, both brothers boarded a ship and were sent overseas to participate in World War One.
Edward was involved in intensive combat at the Somme. During the battle, he was wounded. His left leg was shot several inches below the knee. The lower part of the leg was attached only by shreds of skin. He crawled into a shell hole, took out his jackknife, cut off the lower part of the leg, then took off his belt and tightened it above the severed leg to stop the intense bleeding. Throughout the night, he needed to loosen the belt several times to let the blood flow.
In the very early hours prior to daylight, stretcher bearers located him in the shell hole and he was taken to a hospital in France. Later he was moved to London, England. His leg continued to develop gangrene and surgery was required several times to remove part of the leg each time. He spent six months in hospitals prior to being sent back to Canada. Following the war, Edward’s brother Franklin returned to Canada. He had suffered some wounds as well.
On 12 March 1925, Edward married Esther Cox from Elm Creek, MB. They resided in Morden prior to buying the valley farm south of Darlingford. The marriage resulted in five children, Rosalind, Barry, Wayne, Darlene, and Suzanne. The only surviving member of the family is Wayne.
Information submitted by Wayne Kroetsch
Fusilier Kenneth Lambrecht
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Princess Louise Fusiliers
Ken was born 24 September 1924 to Emil (1890-1964) and Wilhelmina (Hein 1890-1961) Lambrecht in Morden Manitoba. He was the fifth of seven children, Carl, Emma, Lorne, Fredrick, Kenneth, Edward, and Melville, who grew up on the Lambrecht Family Farm south of Darlingford, Manitoba.
Ken was just 17 when he enrolled in the Canadian Army, Princess Louise Fusiliers (PLF) at Brandon and after basic training, Ken was sent to England where the PLF did more training. On 28 October 1943, as part of the 5
Canadian Armoured Division, the Fusiliers left Liverpool for Italy, landing at Naples 10 November 1943. The PLF, a light infantry unit, were converted to a Machine Gun and Mortar Regiment in two companies. The first, the 11
Machine Gun Company (a heavy direct- fire support unit) was sent to the 11
Infantry Brigade. Ken was in the 11
on mortars. The second company, the 12
Machine Gun Company, (also a direct heavy- fire support unit), to the 12
Infantry Brigade. The Fusiliers fought their way through Italy and in 19 February of 1945, along with the 5
Armoured Division, were transferred to North West Europe to join the First Canadian Army. They landed at Marseille 21 February 1945 and proceeded to Belgium arriving 05 March. The 12
Machine Gun Company was disbanded 15 March 1945 and the 11
Machine Gun Company fought until the end of the war. Following WW II the Princess Louise Fusiliers were converted back to a light infantry unit.
Ken returned from Europe at the end of the war physically unscathed and shortly after met Katherine (Kay) Penner (1927- ). They were married 12 October 1946, in Morden. He very much enjoyed his employment at the Experimental Farm (Research Station) when he wasn’t working on the family farm. On 12 November 1947 Kay gave birth to their daughter, Linda Lou.
The Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1947 reported that Ken died from Coal Gas poisoning while his wife was in the Hospital. The funeral of K. Lambrecht, 22 year old veteran was held November 17
at the MB Church in Morden. Victim of coal gas poisoning. He was found dead in his home.
The family believe that Ken went home after visiting his wife at the hospital, put a pot of coffee on the coal briquette stove. The damper must not have been set correctly and he died resting on the couch. Kens surviving the war, only to die an accidental death was very difficult for the family to bear. Sadly, the family does not have a lot of stories to share of who he was and his last sibling passed away in 2020. Some have described him as a “kind gentle spirit”. He was “passionate about his Christian Faith”. “A very handsome fella”. On the back of a photo of Ken in uniform, his brother Mel wrote, “My brother was my hero, he taught me how to play Mandolin.”
Kay did remarry after a time and she and her daughter, Linda Lou, live in Alberta. They have stayed in touch with the Lambrecht family throughout the decades and Kay invited them to her 90
birthday party. Linda Lou visits family in Morden when she comes to Manitoba.
Kenneth Lambrecht died 14 November 1947 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden MB.
Information from the Lambrecht family and from the Government of Canada Official Lineage of the Princess Louise Fusiliers Infantry Regiment and Regimental War Diaries.
Staff Sergeant Herman Larke
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, Special Service Medal (SSM), Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM), United Nations Korea Medal (International Military Decoration), Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
Royal Canadian Provost Corps
WW II and Korea
08 July 1914 – 21 November 2017
Herman Larke was born 08 July 1914 in Winnipeg to Louis and Louise Larke. The Larke Family moved to Morden in 1915.
Herman married Marea Kristjansson from Brown on 18 February 1943 and they had two children, David and Brenda.
Herman enlisted with the Canadian Provost Corps in Winnipeg, 29 July 1943. While stationed in Winnipeg, he was on guard duty, street patrol and travelled to Halifax and New York to transport German Prisoners of War to a POW camp in Calgary and later that year was posted to Camp Borden with the Canadian Provost Corps.
In 1944 he was posted to the 40
Canadian Provost Corps Company in Winnipeg at Fort Osborne and promoted to Corporal. In 1946 he was promoted to Sergeant at Carpiquet Barracks (southeast corner of St. James Street and Notre Dame Avenue) in Winnipeg.
In 1947 he left the Active Army and joined the Permanent Force as a Private in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC). Reduction in rank was not uncommon for those that elected to stay in the Forces after the war years, particularly those that changed their military occupation. In July 1948 he was promoted to Corporal in the Quartermaster Stores.
In March 1952 he was promoted to Sergeant in the Quartermaster Stores. In March 1953 he went to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps School in Montreal and returned to Carpiquet Barracks later that year.
In December 1953 he was posted to 3 Transport Company, RCASC, and promoted to Staff Sergeant. He left for Korea in March 1954, serving there until December 1954 and returned to Winnipeg on Christmas Eve.
From 1955 to 1958 he was posted to 3 Transport Company, RCASC, serving as their Quartermaster (senior soldier who supervises stores or barracks and distributes supplies and provisions). In 1958 he was posted to Shilo serving as the Quartermaster for the Canadian Provost Corps School
In 1960 he was posted to Hemer, West Germany serving in the office of the Station Staff Officer.
In August 1963 he was posted to Winnipeg to 16 Regional Ordnance Depot for 1 year. During that time he went to Churchill, Manitoba as part of the team responsible for closing that base. In 1964 he retired and moved to Morden
In Morden, Herman worked as a Bar Steward at the Morden Legion until 1965, then began work at Livingston’s Furniture where he worked for 15 years. In September of 1979 Livingston’s was sold to Andy McCaughan and Herman remained there until January 1983.
During retirement Herman was active with Morden Hospital Auxiliary and served as Treasurer for 8 years. Herman and Marea built a home on 13
Street on his Dad’s property. At one point, Herman’s mother Louise, Emily Blair (Herman’s sister) and Herman and Marea lived beside each other. After Marea’s death in 2014, Herman remained in their home until June 2017 when he moved to Homestead South. Herman passed away 21 November 2017 at the age of 103 years.
The Larke family had lived on 13
Street for over 100 years. The Morden City Council has granted the honorary name of Larke Lane to 13
Information supplied by daughter Brenda Perkins, Canadian Provost Corps records, RCASC records and wikipedia.
MASTER WARRANT OFFICER LUDWIG ALEXANDER (ALEX) SIGESMUND LARKE
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM), Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and Clasp (2)
Royal Canadian Air Force Service Police (SP)
Construction Engineering Branch
Canadian Armed Forces
Ludwig Alexander (Alex) Sigesmund Larke was born to Ludwig and Luise (Keding) Larke on 5 December 1918 in Morden, Manitoba. He was the third eldest of 7 brothers (Herman, Willhelm, Douglas, Karl, Archie, Kenneth and Howard) and 4 sisters (Margareta, Emelie, Elsie and Helen). His father emigrated from Poland to Canada through the United States, his mother was from Russia. Growing up in the dirty thirties Alex had to quit school and find work to help support the large family as his father, a carpenter/builder, could not find work during this time.
Alex married Elsie Agnes Hill in 1939 and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He was trained as Service Police (SP) and was stationed at various flying bases in Canada to help safeguard the aircraft involved in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan in support of the war effort. Over time Alex and Elsie had 3 children Graham Alexander (1941), Gerald Norman (1945) and Janet Maureen (1949). Alex stayed in the military following WW II but transferred to Construction Engineering. During this time there were transfers to Namao AB, Edmonton AB, Rivers MB and Calgary AB. Alex had grown up speaking German and in January 1957 was selected for a transfer to NATO Headquarters in Trier, Germany and two years later to Royal Canadian Air Force Station Zweibrucken (3 Wing), Germany. Most of the Construction Engineering civilian workers were Germans and Alex’s language skills were an asset to the operation. Living overseas enabled Alex and his family to enjoy travel to many countries of Europe.
In 1962 Alex was transferred from Europe to Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg and served there until his retirement from the forces as a Master Warrant Officer in 1973. Alex and Elsie divorced in 1975 and he moved to Edmonton. He went to work in Construction Engineering at Canadian Forces Base Griesbach, an Army Base on the north side of Edmonton, as a civilian. He was married again to Olga Mills (1976) and remained in Edmonton.
Alex passed away, peacefully, in his sleep on 20 June 2007, he was 89.
Corporal William Frederick (Bill) Larke
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM)
1939-45 War Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
Canadian Provost Corps
William Frederick (Bill) Larke was born 17 September 1916 in the Brown District, south of Morden, to Louis and Louise (Keding) Larke. The family moved to Morden shortly after his birth. He was the second of 12 children, 8 boys and 4 girls…Herman, Bill, Alex, Carl, Margaret, Emily, Elsie, Doug, Archie, Helen, Howie and Ken.
Bill married Betty Longney on 01 June 1943, and they had 2 children, Joan and Jim.
Bill took his schooling in Morden, and as a teenager helped local farmers with the harvest. He had a few jobs before he enlisted…helping his carpenter Dad Louis build the barns at the Experimental Farm, sanding floors, and working as a lineman. He loved sports, playing baseball and was a member of the Morden Blackhawk Juniors hockey team in 1935-1936.
Bill enlisted with the Canadian Provost Corps #40 in Winnipeg on 15 July 1942. He was stationed in Winnipeg serving in the Military Police until his discharge on 11 May 1946. Returning to Morden, he went into the business of sanding floors fulltime. In June 1950 he was offered a position as Morden Town Constable. He had talked of joining the RCMP before the war, so this allowed him to follow his goal of working in a police force. In the early years of policing for the town, the constable’s duties were diverse and included reading the newly installed water meters in the downtown area. He loved all aspects of his job. He subsequently became Chief of Police, retiring in 1978 with 28 years of service.
Deciding he wasn’t quite ready for fulltime retirement, he rejoined the workforce in 1979 as a Security Officer at the new Tupperware Plant, retiring from there in 1989.
In 1977, Bill received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in recognition of his devoted Public Service for more than 25 years.
Bill was a long-time member of the Morden Legion Branch, an avid curler, and enjoyed helping with Morden Little League Baseball. Later in life, when he wasn’t gardening or visiting friends and family (especially the grandchildren), he loved watching curling, baseball and hockey.
Bill and Betty celebrated their 50
wedding anniversary in June 1993. He was diagnosed with cancer in August 1993 and passed away 07 January 1994 at the age of 77.
William Frederick (Bill) Larke is buried at Hillside Cemetery, Morden, Manitoba.
Information supplied by the family.
Sergeant Allan Andrew Lone
, 1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star,
Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps
Royal Canadian Engineers
Allan Andrew Lone entered the world 17 July 1917, the 6
of 11 children born to Henry (Hank) and Annie Lone (Huston) of Mowbray, Manitoba. He and his siblings Howard Norman 1906-1997, William Harvey 1908-1973, Lloyd Elymer 1909-1986, Charles Alexander 1912-2002, Ivan Finley 1914-1985, James Mervin (John) 1921-1989, Doris May 1923, Elsie Irene 1926-2002, Mary Eleanor 1928, Shirley Edna 1930-1993 were raised on the farm. Allan attended the Mowbray Valley School as a child and worked on the family farm as a young man and also in the mine at Flin Flon, Manitoba. Allan enlisted in the Army, Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps, and after training was sent to England and eventually to Italy. Upon completion of the Italian campaign his unit, he was attached to the Royal Canadian Engineers, was sent to France to help push the German offensive back across the Rhine River.
Allan had met Beatrice Mary Baker while stationed in England and they were married after the war, 13 October 1945 at the Walford Anglican Church, Ross-on-Wye in Hertfordshire County, England. Allan was repatriated shortly after the wedding, November 1945 and returned to Canada on the RMS Queen Elizabeth. On 01 July 1946 Allan went to Winnipeg to meet Mary who had finally been able to come to Canada. She came from England on the “RMS Aquitania”. On 05 July 1946 Allan and Mary began their new life together on a farm east of Mowbray.
In the spring of 1950 the following was reported in a local newspaper; ”We are indeed sorry to report that Mr. and Mrs. Allan Lone lost their home and all their belongings by fire Friday evening, May 26
. Fortunately, the children were outside playing and Mrs. Lone escaped unharmed when the kerosene exploded as she was lighting the fire for supper.” The children were Howard William born 1947 and Dennis Allan born 1948. They rebuilt with the help of family, friends and neighbours. Another newspaper article sometime later stated;
“We would like to take this means of saying “Thank You” to our many friends for their kindly thought of us in so many ways, in the loss of our home by fire. It makes us realize what a most generous and kindly folk we are living among. Again, may we truly thank each and all. Mary and Allan Lone.”
In the ensuing years they had 4 more children, Joanne Mary 1951, Darlene Ann 1955, Jean Alice 1957 and Douglas Graham 1959. Life was good on the farm and they lived there until moving to Morden in 1978. They initially settled at 805 Alvey Street and in 1989 moved to Legion 2, 5
floor. Apartment living was not agreeable to Allan and Mary. They loved family gatherings and parties and the apartment just wasn’t big enough for that, so they bought a home at 370 19
Street. Allan remained there until his passing.
Allan was a long time Legion member and enjoyed curling, baseball and playing cards, especially cribbage. He and Mary loved their family and enjoyed looking after their grandchildren.
Allan Andrew Lone passed away 12 December 1995 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery, Morden, Manitoba.
Information from the Lone Family and Wikipedia
Private Leonard Victor Longney
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45
Regimental Number 103457
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
27 August 1922 – 13 June 1944
Len was born on 27 August 1922 to William and Sarah Jane Longney of Thornhill. Edith (wife of Fred Turner) and Betty (wife of Bill Larke) were his older siblings. Len attended school in Thornhill and then boarded at St. John’s College in Winnipeg for his Grade 12. He enjoyed his early days on the farm and at age 16, he won the Championship Cup for the highest quality sample of wheat at the Manitoba Provincial Seed Fair in Winnipeg.
Len lived on the family farm near Thornhill until he enlisted with the P.P.C.L.I. on 20 November 1942 and went overseas in August 1943. After being in England a few months he went on to North Africa and then Italy. The last letter his mother received was dated 20 May 1944. In that letter he says “Did I tell you that Sam Southworth was in our company? Sam has left again to join the machine gun platoon.”
On 23 May 1944 (the day that the Canadian Forces breached the formidable Adolf Hitler Line) Len was wounded in action at Cassino, Italy. He lay on the battlefield for 8 hours in the heat of the day before he was attended to, and then transferred to the field hospital for treatment and surgery. His parents were advised by cable that he was dangerously ill. Several similar cables were received until they were advised 21 days later, that he had succumbed to his wounds. He passed away on 13 June 1944, at the age of 21.
Len is one of many veterans who have a geographical feature named after them recognizing the contribution they made to their country. Longney Lake, in Manitoba (Lat. 58 20’; Long.100 40’) was named on 10 April 1972.
Len is laid to rest in the Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.
Rest in Peace Len.
Information provided by Joan (Larke) Sawatzky and Jim Larke, niece and nephew.
Pilot Officer Norman Andrew Lumgair
1939-1945 Star, Aircrew Europe Star
Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) with Maple Leaf and Bomber Command Clasps, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Air Force 408 Squadron
12 April 1922 – 15/16 March 1944
Norman was born on 12 April 1922 at Thornhill Manitoba to Robert W. and H. Louisa Lumgair (Ching). He received his education at Orangehill and Wellington Schools at Thornhill, finishing Grade XI in June of 1939. As well as working on the home farm, he enjoyed skiing and skating in the winter, and playing ball in the summer.
He enlisted and was taken on strength on February 26, 1942 and trained as a pilot at various bases in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Canadian, as well as other Commonwealth Aircrews, were trained under British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, part of Canadas contribution to the war effort. He sailed for Britain on 27 March 1943. On arrival, he took more training on military bases in Britain and was assigned to 408 Squadron 04 February 1944 as a Flight Sergeant Pilot. 408 Squadron was a Lancaster Bomber Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse. He made five operational trips in February. The sixth and fatal trip was on 15 March 1944 with Stuttgart, Germany as the target. His plane encountered German night fighters over Hillsenheim, France and was shot down. The Book, “Last Flight To Stuttgart” by Lisa Russ recalls the story of Pilot Officer Lumgair and his aircrew.
A letter received by the family, dated 30 August 1949 reads as follows;
Dear Mr. Lumgair:
A communication has just come to hand from the Graves Registration Service which states that the graves of your son, Pilot Officer Norman Andrew Lumgair, and the members of his crew in Hilsenheim Cemetery, France have been registered by that Service. The graves of your son and his three crewmates who were not individually identified are registered collectively with their names as communal grave No. 4.
As you were previously advised the graves will be reverently cared for and maintained in perpetuity by the Imperial War Graves Commission (of which Canada is a member).
It is my earnest hope that you will be comforted with the knowledge that your son’s resting place is known, and that it will be permanently maintained, and I would like to take this opportunity of expressing to you and the members of your family my deepest sympathy in the loss of your gallant son.
W.R. Gunn Wing Commander
Pilot Officer Norman Andrew Lumgair is commemorated on Page 369 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance kept in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, as well as the Bomber Command Memorial wall in Nanton, Alberta. The Province of Manitoba has named a geographical location in honour of each WW 2 casualty from Manitoba. A Memorial Plaque in honour of Pilot Officer N.A. Lumgair was place at the mouth of Lumgair Creek (east of Waboden, Manitoba) by his brother Robert O. Lumgair.
Information supplied by Hugh Lumgair.
Flying Officer Robert O. Lumgair
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 1939-1945 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Air Force
27 August 1919 – 02 July 2012
RO was the 4th son born to parents Robert W. and Hanna L. Lumgair (Ching) in Free Masons Hospital Morden, Manitoba.
He was educated in Orangehill School (near Thornhill) and Wellington Junior High School, graduating grade 11. RO was by all accounts a typical boy enjoying baseball, hockey, and by some accounts getting into mischief with friends. After graduation he farmed with his father and brothers, Wallace, John, Jim and Norman west of Thornhill.
He enlisted with the RCAF, 20 December 1940 and spent the next 15 months training as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in Canada and England. While on a training flight in England, summer of 1942, his aircraft crashed. The aircraft had a crew of 4 and RO was one of two survivors. He survived a second crash in July 1943.
RO flew with 408 Squadron and by 1943 had achieved the rank of Warrant Officer. In December 1943 his parents received a letter advising them that their son had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation on which this award was made reads as follows:
“As Air Gunner Warrant Officer Lumgair has taken part in a large number of sorties involving attacks on industrial centres in the Ruhr and many other targets of importance. He is a most conscience member of the aircraft crew whose vigilance and skill have played a good part in the successes obtained during an operation against Hanover. In October, 1943, his aircraft was attacked by a fighter. In the ensuing combat Warrant Officer Lumgair displayed excellent judgement in directing the necessary evading tactics, afterwards using his guns to such good effort in unison with the rear gunner that the attacker was shot down in flames. His efforts contributed materially to the success of the sortie.”
Signed by Charles G. Power the Minister of National Defence for Air.
Shortly after being awarded the DFC, RO was commissioned to the rank of Flying Officer and by 10 June 1944 had completed his, “Tour” of 30 operations and was moved to the reserve list and was struck of RCAF strength 22 August 1944.
When RO returned home from the war one of his first priorities was to marry the lady he could not forget about. Robert O. Lumgair and Isobel Kunzelman were married 06 July 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They raised 3 children Robert P. (deceased) G. Murray and Lori G. They were happily married for 47 years until Isobels passing 18 November 1992. This loss was very hard on RO.
RO lived his entire life, except for his wartime service, in the Thornhill Morden area. In addition to farming he and Isobel cleaned the Thornhill School for many years and he also delivered the mail. He was involved in the community and served on Thornhill Coop, Manitoba Pool Elevator Board, Thornhill Curling Club, Morden Curling Club, Morden Handi Van and Legion building committee for the Legion as well as Legion I, where he and Isobel lived after retiring from the farm.
RO loved to play his “Squeeze Box” for his children and later for the grandchildren, and anyone else who cared to listen. Later he moved to the Tabor Home and had many great years there enjoying playing the squeeze box for the people and playing crib.
Robert O. Lumgair passed away 02 July 2012, he was 92.
Information supplied by son Murray and daughter Lori.
Private Walter Martindale
No record of receiving medals however entitlement would be
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Walter Martindale was born 03 February 1865 in Hamilton, Ontario, the first child of Isaac and Hannah Martindale. Walter emigrated to the United States and landed at the Port of Elkwood, on or about the month of May 1889. He lived in Cavalier County, North Dakota for a while where he applied for American citizenship 01 July 1889. For some reason Walter had a change of heart and decided to return to Canada. He moved to farm in the Morden area in 1897, met Flora Law and married her in 1898. Walter was the sole supporter of his mother, Hannah Martindale prior to the war and provided her with $40.00 a month.
Walter enlisted 04 March 1916 with the 184
Battalion at Morden, Manitoba stating he was born 03 February 1876 making him 39 years of age. He was 5’ 6½ ” tall with a fair complexion, grey eyes and auburn hair on enlistment. He arrived in England 12 November 1916 and was sent to Frances in the early part of 1917. He spent 11 months in theatre until early 1918 at which time he was diagnosed with Malagia. Walter confirmed that he had actually been born in 1865 making him 53 years of age. He had lied about his age on enlistment as he would not otherwise have been taken. He was deemed “Medically Unfit” (overage), discharged and returned to Canada. Due to his age, his experiences in France broke his health and he was never the same man. Walter and his family moved to Windygates, Manitoba in 1926 and stayed for 2 years living on the N.E. ¼ 7-1-17. Walter and Flora had a large family, Edith May (died shortly after birth), Harry, Isabel, Lillian, Florence, Walton, Sybil, Gilbert (Jack), Louisa, Gladys, Lloyd, Hazel, Wilfred (Buff) and Velma.
Walter died 21 November 1929 in Morden, he was 63. At the time of his death the youngest four children were still living at home, with Velma at 4 years the youngest.
Flora Martindale raised them alone through the depression years, moving often, as the houses she rented were sold or a place with a bigger or better garden became available. Once they even moved to a home farther from the Dead Horse Creek as they had been nearly flooded out that spring. Those were hard years for her as there was a good portion of sickness and she had much concern for the older ones who were “on their own” and jobs were hard to find. After a time Flora Martindale went to Snowflake, Manitoba to keep house for a family there. She took Velma with her.
Walter Martindale is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden, Manitoba.
Information from family and Walter’s WW I Personnel File.
Private Alick Russel Mcleod
Korean Medal, U.N. Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM)
Royal Canadian Corp of Signal
06 December 1926 – 30 September 1994
Alick Russel Mcleod was born to World War 1 veteran Robert Murray Mcleod and Mary (Corrigal) Mcleod on 06 December 1926 in Dugald, Manitoba. He grew up in a family of 8 children. His oldest brother Roderick was killed in France in 1943 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Alick joined the Manitoba Telephone system as a linesman in 1947.
In June of 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea, initiating a conflict that became the Korean War. A United Nations-led coalition was formed with 16 countries providing troops. Canada was one of the countries to intercede in the conflict. Over 26,700 Canadian troops served as part of the British Commonwealth Forces Korea. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS) was disbursed among the Canadian Regiments as well as some American Units and contributed to the overall success of the UN mission.
Alick joined the Canadian Forces in 1950 and became a member of Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. After training he was attached the newly formed 3
Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and deployed to Korea. He served in Korea until the armistice, signed 27 July 1953.
Upon his return to Canada he was released from the Forces and resumed his employment with MTS. His 34 year career took him to Morris, Winnipeg, Churchill and Morden. In 1954 Alick married Nancy Clover Fraser of Carman. Alick and Nancy had 5 Children: Janice Wiebe (Wayne), Tracy Fehr (Ed), Kathryn Gillis (Miles), Scott Mcleod (Darlene) and Leslie Malkowich. He has 12 grandchildren and an ever growing number of great-grandchildren.
Alick was active in the Legion from 1953 on, serving as President of the Morden Legion Branch 11 in 1990 and 1991. Alick was a proud Canadian and a loving father and grandfather.
Alick Russel Mcleod passed away 30 September 1994.
Information from Tracey Fehr and Royal Canadian Corps of Signals – Wikipedia.
Private Reinold Mikolasek
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal,
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
1939-45 War Medal
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Born 1920 – 11 May 1957
Reinold Mikolasek was born 1920 in Milose, Poland to Vaclav Mikolasek, (b 1880 Milose, Poland) and Mary Tomicek (b 28 February 1887 Poland) who were married in 1904. Although the Mikolaseks lived in Poland they were of Czech nationality. Poland in the 1920’s was a country beset with hardships following WW l and rumblings of more political unrest caused many families to pack up their few belongings and make the decision to find a better life in Canada. In 1929 Valclav and Mary Mikolasek gathered their family and began the long Journey from Milose, Poland to Thornhill, Manitoba. With them were their eldest son Anthony, his wife Bessie and daughter Annie (2) along with their other children Vernon, Nettie, John, Reinold (9) and Walter (5). They sailed on the ship “La Bourdonnais” of the Baltic American Line and arrived at Halifax 30 May 1929, cleared customs and began the long and tiring train journey to Thornhill. The Mikolaseks settled in the 1-5 and 1-6 area where others from Poland had already settled. They would not be entirely alone in this strange new land. They stayed there until 1935 when Valclav along with his sons Vernon and Reinold set up farming on the NE ¼ 18-1-7. Vernon married in 1935 and set up his own home, Reinold and his father continued to farm together.
Reinold left his father on the farm and joined the Canadian Military and trained with The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Canada and England. On 10 July 1943 the Patricia’s landed in Leonforte, Sicily and gained their first Battle Honour of WW II. Following the capture of Sicily by the allies the PPCLI were sent to Italy on 04 September 1943. Reinold’s war experience was short lived as he was wounded and lost his right arm during the Sicily campaign and he was sent back to Canada.
When Reinold returned from Europe he bought W ½ 17-1-7 and farmed there with his father. On 03 July 1947 a tornado ripped through the Windygates area, it destroyed the farm and killed his father. After this tragedy Reinold lived with his brother Vernon’s family until he purchased SW ¼ 15-1-7 at Windygates. Reinold farmed this land until his passing 11 May 1957.
Reinold Mikalasek is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden Manitoba.
WARRANT OFFICER 2
CLASS WILLIAM “GORDON” MCNAUGHTON
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Gordon was born 20 September 1920 to Neil and Bertha (Sandercock) McNaughton. He was the 5
of 7 children and his siblings were Thomas, Coll, Vera, Don, Margaret and Irene. The family lived in the Opawaka School district and Gordon attended there. Opawaka is in the Rural Municipality of Thompson southwest of present day Miami, Manitoba. They eventually moved to the Edgar Sandercock farm one mile north of Morden and Gordon then attended school in Morden until grade 8.
Gordon enlisted 05 April 1940 with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. He departed Canada 13 December 1940 and landed at Gourock Scotland 28 December 1940. He spent almost three years in the United Kingdom, training on a variety of courses. He was promoted to Corporal 24 June 1942 and to Lance Sergeant 01 May 1943 and was then deployed to the Mediterranean 26 September 1943. On arrival in Italy, he was transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and a month later became Acting Company Sergeant Major (A/CSM). He was wounded in March 1944 and while recovering was promoted to Warrant Officer 2
Class (WO2) and confirmed Company Sergeant Major (CSM), 20 March 1944. CSM McNaughton recovered from his wounds and returned to duty and was wounded again in October 1944. He was returned to Canada in March 1945 and after recovering from his wounds and leave he was discharged effective, 04 August 1945.
Gordon married Margaret (Peggy) Ferris, of the Cheval District, north of Morden, on 25 September 1946 and they had 2 children, Gwen and Valerie. They farmed 3-4-6 at Dunston, northwest of Morden, until the 1980’s when they moved to Miami.
William Gordon McNaughton succumbed to cancer 02 May 1990 and is buried at the Nelsonville Cemetery in the Rural Municipality of Thompson, Manitoba.
Information supplied family and Gordons war records from Library and Archives Canada.
Private Thomas David Mitchell
Canadian Armed Forces
Thomas David Mitchell was born 15 November 1963 to Ken and Marion (Armstrong) Mitchell. He was the youngest of 7 siblings, sisters Vivian Mitchell, Linda Mitchell, Valerie Pauls, Carol Lamarre and Gloria Konecki. He was predeceased by his brother Kenneth Ross Mitchell.
David grew up and attended school in Morden from 1969 – 1981. As a young boy he went to Sunday School at the Alliance Church in Morden and it was at the Alliance Family Camp at Pelican Lake, Manitoba that David made a commitment to the Lord at the age of 12 years.
He spent three of his summers at his sister, Linda’s in Fort St. John B.C. He had often talked about joining the Navy and in the summer of 1981 he visited the Prince George Recruiting Office and in January 1982 he was accepted into the Canadian Armed Forces. David received his basic training at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cornwallis, Nova Scotia and after completion was transferred to CFB Borden, Ontario for training as a Supply Technician. Upon successful completion of this training he was transferred to CFB Lahr, Germany, he enjoyed the posting very much. In one of his letters home he wrote “while on top of a mountain I could see for miles and miles and miles, I could have stayed there for the rest of my life but I couldn’t, I have more mountains to climb.”
On 09 June 1983, Private Thomas David Mitchell died as a result of a vehicle mishap on the autobahn in Germany. He is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden, Manitoba.
France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Engineers
26 April 1919 – 08 October 2012
Jacob “Jake” Neisteter was born 26 April 1919 in southern Russia. Later that year his father was killed in the Uprising of 1919. His mother remarried but 3 years later she died of typhoid fever. His adoptive father remarried and Jake was so grateful that they kept the adoption valid and gave him the opportunity to come to Canada at the age of 7 years. In 1926 they settled in southern Saskatchewan and then in 1935 the family moved to Winkler. Jake spent the winters of 1937 and 1938 attending the local Bible School in Winkler.
In July 1940, while working in Ontario, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Camp Petawawa for training. He spent over 5 years serving his country during World War 11 in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and Germany, returning to Winkler in 1945. These are the war medals he received:
After returning from Europe, Jake married Tina Loewen and their marriage was blessed with 3 children…Beverly, Janice & Ron. Later he was also blessed with 2 grandsons and 2 great-grandsons.
Jake’s faith was very important to him, and in 1959 he was baptized upon the confession of his faith. He enjoyed his working career and spent over 21 years at the Winkler Post Office, and later together with his son Ron, started a landscaping business. He was well-known for his jovial character and his volunteer work in the community; he played in the town band, spent many years as a volunteer fire fighter, and loved to lend a hand wherever he could. Jake loved hunting and fishing and was so glad to see that his son, grandson and now his great-grandsons also appreciated these sports. He also enjoyed golf and curling. Although Jake did many things in his life, what he valued most was relationships.
He died at the age of 93 years on 08 October 2012.
Information submitted by Ron and Carol Neisteter
Private David Scott Nichol
8th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
02 January 1888 – 28 April 1917
David Scott Nichol was born 02 January 1888 and his birth was registered in the South Dufferin Manitoba, which was the Darlingford designation at that time. His parents were Martin and Catherine (Scott) Nichol of Darlingford.
David enlisted on 06 November 1915 in Winnipeg and listed his occupation as farmer. He sailed from Canada to Liverpool on the Titanic’s sister ship the SS Olympic with his brother Walter 31 May 1916. Prior to his enlistment he had been dating Olive Johnston off Thornhill, after his death she later married his brother Walter.
In 1916, while stationed in England, he wrote a letter to Olive mentioning he still had some of last year’s wheat at his brother Tom’s farm in Saskatchewan that his brother had not yet been able to haul to market for him.
On 28 April 1917 the 8
Battalion, of which Private Nichol was a member, attacked Arleux over a low rise, but was hit by “heavy automatic fire from the town and the woods to the south. Their centre company lost all of its officers and was held up by barbed wire; the two flank companies managed to gain their objectives on schedule, midway between Arleus and the village of Fresnoy. Private Nichol was killed in action and the records list the location of his unit at time of casualty as “attack just north of Willerval to Arleux En Gohelle.”
David Scott Nichol is buried in France near Arras, with the Veterans Affairs listing the cemetery as the Vimy Memorial.
Information supplied by Kenneth Nichol
Lance Corporal David Scott Nichol
(no record of awards but these he would have qualified for at a minimum) Pacific Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Hong Kong Bar, 1939-45 War Medal
Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
12 December 1921 – 12 October 1942
David Scott Nichol was born in Bateman, Saskatchewan 12 December 1921. His war records state he was born in 1919, but like many of his peers and his brother Bill as well, they had lied about their age in order to enlist. His Parents, Walter and Olive (Johnston) Nichol moved back to Darlingford shortly after David was born. David was living at home, on the Darlingford farm, when he enlisted. On his enlistment papers he expressed interested in someday running his own garage.
David enrolled with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, a unit that had originated in Morden, Manitoba 01 April 1908 but was re-designated Winnipeg Grenadiers 02 May 1910. The Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers travelled from Winnipeg to Vancouver by train (CPR) and on 27 October 1941 his Company boarded the PRINCE ROBERT, a converted cruiser bound for Hong Cong, arriving 16 November. Equipment marked for ‘C’ Force was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced. These two units had been provided with minimal training as it was though that they would be required to provide Garrison Duty at Hong Kong. On 08 December 1941 the Japanese invaded Hong Kong and the British and Canadian Forces were soon overwhelmed. The fighting lasted 17 ½ days and at 1515 hrs 25 December 1941, the white flag of surrender was hoisted.
Of the 1975 Canadians, 290 were killed in action, 493 wounded, 264 would die as POW’s of which Lance Corporal David Scott Nichol was one. He lasted until 12 October 1942 and died of Acute Enteritis, an inflammation of the small intestine, which was probably brought on by the starvation diet of very bad food supplied by the Japanese. Lance Corporal David Scott Nichol is buried at the Sai Wan War Cemetery.
In keeping with its custom, the Manitoba Government named a provincial body of water in his memory in 1957, Nichol Lake is northeast of North Knife Lake, Manitoba.
Information supplied by Kenneth Nichol and family
Able Seaman Arthur William Peers
1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Navy
Arthur William Peers was born 21 March 1923 to Arthur George Withers and Eva Beatrice (Best) Peers in Dauphin, Manitoba. He grew up with his two sisters Celia and Freda and attended school in the community in which he was born. As a teenager he worked at the Gay Theater in Dauphine as a projectionist.
Art joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 at age 19 and was known to his peers as Sea Biscuit. He served on HMCS Magog, a River Class Frigate that was assigned to convoy escort in the North Atlantic, along the eastern coast of Canada and the U.S. At 1925 hrs 14 October 1944, while in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, they were torpedoed by U-Boat U1223. The Magog lost 65 feet off its stern, nearly 1/4
of its 283 foot length. Fortunately, of the ships company there were only 6 casualties, 3 killed and 3 injured. HMCS Magog did not sink and was towed to safety and later declared as being unrepairable. Sea Biscuit was transferred to the HMCS Waskisui, another River Class Frigate also assigned to convoy escort duty and the search for U-Boats until VE Day 08 May 1945, He was discharged 24 August 1945.
After his RCN service Art got employment with the Manitoba Power Commission (MPC), later Manitoba Hydro and in 1949 met and married Anne Dyck. They moved to Manitou Manitoba in 1951 where he was a lineman and became the Assistant District Supervisor for MPC. He and Anne had 5 children Lorraine, Judi, Arthur, Rick and Thomas and in May 1966 Anne passed away.
In 1969 Art was transferred to Morden where he worked with hot line tools as a lineman and later changed his job to bucket truck operator, the first in the Morden district
. In 1974 he married Marie Klassen and they were married 30 years. Art retired from Manitoba Hydro in 1982 and took up a hobby of making trinkets which he gave to family and friends, “just to see a smile on their faces.”
During his lifetime Arthur was awarded the War Service Badge by Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) HMCS Chippiwa. He was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a member of St Thomas Anglican Church and in 1998 he received the Caregiver of the Year Award.
Arthur William Peers passed away 21 September 2004 and is buried at the Manitou Cemetery.
Leading Aircraftsman Neil Penner
1939 – 1945 Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939 – 45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Air Force
Neil Penner was born 10 July 1924 near Plum Coulee Manitoba. He was the only son with 9 sisters born to Peter and Margaret (Neufeld) Penner. Neil related many times how he felt like he was living in a girl’s dormitory. His family moved often as his father sought jobs to support his growing family. At the tender age of 10 Neil was sent out to work for neighbouring farmers. He proved from a very young age, to be a hard worker.
At the age of 17 Neil enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg. Shortly after that he was sent to Halifax for more training. In 1942, when his group was ready to be shipped to England, Neil came down with chicken pox and was hospitalized for 21 days. Thus, he missed sailing with his buddies.
World War II took its toll on many of Neil’s friends. God protected Neil through many hardships of war during his 5 year tour of duty. He proudly served in England, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Holland. He returned home at the age of 22. Neil wasn’t comfortable speaking about his military service as was the case with many who served. He said that he had been instructed, by the military, not to discuss war events.
Neil was proud to call Morden home. He married Dorothy Brown 27 June 1947 and they were blessed with 3 children, Sharon, Lorraine and Douglas. He used his war bonds to build their first home. Neil loved his family unconditionally and he had a strong faith in God.
His first job, after returning from England, was driving truck for Morden Transfer. He then purchased his own truck and used it for hauling gravel. Neil got into mail delivery and built his business into a fleet of 30 trucks and 50 employees, delivering mail from Vancouver to Toronto plus many provincial routes.
Neil and his son Douglas owned a snowmobile shop in Morden and this gave them the opportunity to enter many snowmobile races. In January, 1973 they both entered a 3 day race from Winnipeg to St. Paul, Minnesota. Neil finished 10
in a field that included more than 350 riders. He was the second Canadian to cross the finish line, a great accomplishment.
Neil had a passion for horses particularly Arabians and he had one named Lad. His love of horses and riding was well known around Morden and a local RCMP officer asked if he would like to participate in the Commemorative March West and because of his experience, take on the position of trail boss. At the age of 75 he participated in the ride from Emerson, Manitoba to Fort McLeod, Alberta. He was sworn in as an Honorary North West Mounted Police Officer for the duration of the ride. The ride was 1500 KM and lasting from 03 May till 03 July and Neil was the only rider to ride every day from start to finish.
In 2005, Neil had the thrill of returning to Holland for the 60
anniversary celebration of the Canadian led liberation of Holland. He participated in various events honouring Canadian veterans and said that marching in the Grande Finale Parade in Apeldoorn was one of the most fulfilling moments of his life.
Neil worked hard for more than 50 years to strengthen the Morden Pentecostal Church. He spoke of his faith and God’s love to his friends and strangers at every opportunity. He lived what he believed and practiced what he preached. His wife Dorothy, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are very proud of his accomplishments.
Neil Penner arrived in heaven 11 June 2006 and is buried at Chapel Cemetery, Morden
Flight Sergeant Jacob A. Peters
Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Airforce
Jake was born in Kronsgart, Manitoba 24 May 1923, the eldest of fourteen children, Pete, Sue, Bill, John, Mary, Ann, Henry, Tina, Abe, Fred, Cornie, Ben & Trudy born to Jacob and Susan (Unrau) Peters. He attended Kronsgart School and after leaving school he worked as a farm laborer in the Winkler, La Riviere, Springfield and Pilot Mound areas.
Jake joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943. He took his training in Edmonton, Alberta, Regina, Saskatchewan, Mount Joli and Trois-Rivieres Quebec. He received his wings as an Air Gunner, going overseas in July 1944. Jake served with 415 Squadron and arrived in England as the Squadron was being transferred to No. 6 (RCAF) Group of Bomber Command. They assumed a Heavy Bomber role and were equipped with the Halifax at the same time. The Squadron regularly attacked strategic and tactical objectives across the Western Front for the remainder of the war. He was repatriated in February of 1946 on the Liner Queen Elizabeth. Jake received his discharge in March of 1946 with the Rank of Flight Sergeant.
On 08 June 1947, he married Nettie Martens, daughter of Cornelius and Helena Martens. They made their home in the Morden area where they were blessed with eight children, four boys and four girls, Ron, Marlene, Shirley, Albert, Raymond, Norman, Lorraine & Joan.
Jake was very involved with activities at St. Paul’s United Church Morden, serving on the board of Stewards and as an Elder on the Session and on the Parish Board. He was the secretary treasurer of the Sunday school at St. Paul’s United Church for a number of years. He worked at the Research Station for approximately thirty years. Jake was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #11 in Morden.
Jake very much enjoyed gardening and tending to his many apple trees. He would take his grandchildren for walks through the garden sampling the many vegetables he grew. Jake loved to play games with his children and grandchildren and watch them playing baseball on the yard.
Jake was a kind gentle man who never raised his voice (with the exception of escaped cattle) and loved his family more than anything. There was nothing better than walking into the house and seeing his face light up at the sight of one of his grandchildren. He loved to spend time with all of them and was never too busy to do so. Jake had an infectious smile and a genuine laugh. His family adored him and loved to spend time with him even if it was just going for a walk. Jake and Nettie were married for 56 years. Jacob and Nettie had in addition to their eight children, 4 sons-in-law, 3 daughters-in-law, 17 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren
Jacob A. Peters passed away 17 July 2003 and is buried at Hillside cemetery, Morden, Manitoba.
Information provided by the Family and from 415 (Swordfish) Squadron history.
Staff Sergeant Charlie C. Quane
Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal
XII Manitoba Dragoons, Canadian Armoured Corps
Armoured Car Regiment
Charlie C. Quane (“Chuck”), born 09 September 1919 in Melita, Manitoba, was one of three brothers who served in the Second World War. While his older brothers served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Merchant Marine, Charlie volunteered and enlisted with the 18th Reconnaissance Battalion in May 1941, and was eventually assigned to the XII Manitoba Dragoons. Charlie trained in the Brandon area and became a Corporal prior to departure for England in August of 1942. In England, he was stationed with the XII Manitoba Dragoons in Bramley, a small village in the county of Surrey, south of London, along with other units of the Canadian Army, training to defending England from a possible invasion. In March 1943, he returned to Canada and was posted to Dundurn, Saskatchewan where he trained Canadian troops in driving and maintaining military vehicles in preparation for their eventual role in the D-Day landing and subsequent liberation of Europe. In December 1944, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and posted to Camp Borden, Ontario as an instructor. At war’s end, he was moved to the General Motors plant in London, Ontario to oversee the refurbishment of army vehicles being sent over to Europe for evacuation use.
After an honourable discharge from the Canadian Army in January of 1946, he returned to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to resume civilian life and rejoin his sweetheart, Marjorie Larsen whom he had met at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon while stationed at Dundurn, Saskatchewan. They were married in Saskatoon on 28 September 1946. While living in Saskatoon, he trained as a baker, working at the National System of Baking. In 1948, Charlie and Marjorie purchased a bakery and cafe in Morden from Al “Pop” Burgess at 320 Stephen Street and 325 North Railway Street. They operated “Quane’s Bakery and Foodbar” at the locations until approximately 1964, when Charlie ceased baking and joined the Manitoba Highways Branch. He worked for Manitoba Highways until his death on 18 December 1981, in Morden.
Charlie was a long time member of the Morden Legion, an avid curler and golfer, and one of the volunteer builders of the original 9-hole Minnewasta golf course in 1962. Charlie and Marjorie raised two sons in Morden, Ross and Charles, and are now survived by them along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Information submitted by Ross and Charles Quane
CORPORAL CHARLES ARTHUR IAN URQUHART
France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, United Nations Emergency Force Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
Canadian Armoured Corps – Canadian Grenadier Guards
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
Canadian Forces Logistics Branch
WW II and Post War Service
Ian Urquhart was born on the family farm, north of Roland, Manitoba on 25 January 1926 to Charles and Elizabeth (Bain) Urquhart. He was the young brother to David Smith Urquhart and to a sister who died in infancy. He was 4 years old when his father died from Tuberculosis after being gassed in WW I, so he grew up without his father. Ian was described as a typical rural kid. He was raised on the family farm where farm chores was common activity and he could turn his hand at any project. He was a sought after goalie and was invited to play for Winnipeg. Cards, dances and family get togethers were the way time was passed within the community. Ian was very congenial and easy to get along with. He participated in a school play and thereafter was known as “Tony” to all his friends. Ian drove an Indian motorcycle, it could be heard around town and he kept it shone up to pick up Grace McLaren, the girl of his dreams, for the local Saturday night dances. After school he worked for a local farmer so he knew the value of a hard days’ work. Ian lived the way most kids did in the 20’s and 30’s, work hard and play hard after the work is done.
Ian was only 16 when his brother David was listed as missing in action 23 December 1942, and 28 June 1944, a few months after his 18
birthday, Ian enlisted in the 22
Armoured Regiment (The Canadian Grenadier Guards) of the Canadian Armoured Corps in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He served in Canada, the United Kingdom and continental Europe. After the European hostilities ended Ian was returned to Canada to prepare for the Pacific Theatre. Japan however surrendered 02 September 1945 and preparations for the Pacific Theatre were discontinued. The Japanese surrender terminated WW II and the demobilization of military personnel began. Ian was eventually released 16 April 1946.
Ian returned to Roland with a goal to farm. Unfortunately the land he selected was deemed not suitable by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). He became a farmer’s hired man until he took a butchering course and worked in the local butcher shop. He married his high school sweetheart, Grace McLaren, 25 December 1945. They had 4 children. Patricia Lynn, Laura Elizabeth, Enid Marlene and David Arthur Charles. The family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1952 where he worked as a milkman.
Ian re-enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 11 January 1954, which became the Logistics Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1967. He received his training and was qualified as a Cook in September of that year and served in that capacity until Honourably Discharged 20 July 1969. During his second stint in the military Ian served in Canada, Continental Europe and also as a Peacekeeper in Cyprus and Egypt.
Following his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, Ian served as a cook with Crawley McCracken during construction of the Kettle (1970), Long Spruce (1977) and Jenpeg hydroelectric dams on the Nelson River in Northern Manitoba until his retirement from this company.
Charles Arthur Ian Urquhart died of a massive heart attack 22 January 1991, just 3 days short of his 65
birthday. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery Roland, Manitoba, next to his Mother, Father and Memorial Headstone to his brother.
Driver Charles URQUHART Sr.
British War Medal 1914-1918, Victory Medal 1914-1918
Lovat Scouts, Langan, Inverness-shire, Scotland 1907-1910
Canadian Army Service Corps
Charles Urquhart was born in Lochlagen, Invernesshire, Scotland 20 October 1890 to David and Christina (Smith) Urquhart. He had 4 brothers (Donald, John, Alexander and James) and 2 sisters (Colina and Christina). Before coming to Canada in 1912, he had been a member of a famous body of men, Lord Lovat’s Scouts, Imperial Yeomanry 1907 – 1910. He was a fearless rider and acted as a galloper to the officer commanding. A keen naturalist, he was well versed in bird and animal lore, was fond of sport and was known as a skillful exponent of rod and gun. His intimates knew him also as a poet of no mean ability: he had written some touching lines, mostly bearing on the hills, lochs and streams of his native Scotland that he loved so well.
Up until the time he volunteered for service he farmed at Roland, Manitoba with his brother in law, A.J. Epps.
He enlisted in the Canadian Army Service Corps (CASC) 13 March 1917, trained in Canada and arrived in England on S/S “Scotia” 06 February 1918 and was sent to France 23 June 1918. The main duty of the CASC in France centered on the transportation and supply of food, forage, ammunition, equipment, clothing and engineering material and stores. Corps personnel also repaired motor vehicles and each division had an ambulance repair workshop. While in France as a member of the CASC, Charles did suffer gassing while in the trenches. On 09 November 1918, just before the end of the war, he was transferred to the CASC 3
Division Train and then to the 4
Division Train on 26 February 1919 where he served until repatriated. He was given leave in France and then posted to England from where he departed for Canada on the S/S “Olympic” 06 June 1919. Charles was discharged from Military District 10, Winnipeg, 17 June 1919.
On return from the war, in 1919, he started farming for himself south of Homewood, Manitoba where he carried on until his “illness” overtook him.
Charles married Elizabeth Bain from Newtonmore, Invernesshire, Scotland 27 May 1920. They had 2 sons, David Smith and Charles Arthur Ian (called Ian). Charles developed pleurisy right after he returned from the War and it was thought this had occurred because his lungs had been weakened from the gassing. Charles was a man of excellent physique and had never known ill health until he was admitted to the Ninette, Manitoba Sanatorium for treatment of Lung trouble. Charles Urquhart Sr. died 16 days later, 20 May 1929, he was 39. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery at Roland, Manitoba next to the grave of his father. Charles Urquhart Sr. is listed on the Roland, Manitoba Cenotaph.
FLIGHT SERGEANT DAVID SMITH URQUHART
1939 – 1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) with Clasp and Bomber Command Bar, 1939-45 War Medal
Royal Canadian Air Force
425 (Alouette) Squadron
David Smith Urquhart was born 27 August 1921 on the family farm, north of Roland, Manitoba to Charles and Elizabeth (Bain) Urquhart. He was a big brother Charles Arthur Ian, called Ian, and a sister who died in infancy. David was raised on the farm and was described as a typical rural kid. Riding horses and shooting skunks and crows was a common activity. He was described as artistic, as demonstrated through his watercolour paintings and short poems he loved to write. He was an academic as he finished grade 11 before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force. David was athletic, as he swam in the creek in the summer and played hockey with the Roland hockey team in the winter. He was very congenial and easy to get along with. He always had his car shone up to pick up Thelma Patterson, the girl of his dreams, for the local Saturday night dances. They were engaged to be married before he went overseas. After school he worked for a local farmer so he knew the value of a hard days’ work. David lived the way most kids did in the 20s’ and 30s’, work hard and play hard after the work is done.
David enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on 14 July 1941 at Winnipeg, Manitoba. He trained as an Air Gunner and embarked for the U.K. 19 February 1942. He was posted to 425 (Alouette) Squadron, a bomber squadron at Dishforth Yorks, 13 April 1942 and promoted to Flight Sergeant 12 September. On 06 December 1942, his aircrew left Dishforth Yorks, in a Wellington bomber, “KW-G”, for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. At 0020 hrs, 07 December, while on return to base, an S.O.S. was received as they flew over the Bay of Biscay. Nothing further was heard of “KW-G” and on 23 December 1942 the crew was presumed dead. The full crew, WO2 J. Cachia, P/O G.E. Cronk RCAF (USA), P/O R. Hayes RCAF (USA), P/O J.D.J. Rodger and F/S D.S. Urquhart, is named on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, England as they have no known grave.
In the summer of 2015 the Wellington III Bomber BJ675 “KW-G” was found buried in a wooded area near Langonnet, France. No bodies or parachutes were found and the plane was out of fuel. It is believe the crew abandoned the aircraft over the Bay of Biscay, parachuted into the bay and drowned. The plane, on its own, continued to fly until it ran out of fuel and crashed.
A memorial service for the crew was held in Langonnet, France 07 May 2016. The cairn features a picture of the Wellington bomber along with David and his crew mates.
David Smith Urquhart was 21 when he died in 1942 and he is commemorated on the Roland, Manitoba War Memorial and Page 121 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance in Ottawa. Urquhart Lake, in the north-west corner of Manitoba is named for him.
Private Lawrence Walter Sager
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939-45 War Meda
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Lawrence Walter Sager was born in Sterko, Alberta 16 February 1924, the oldest of 6 children, born to Ralph and Martha (Jaeger) Sager. He had 2 sisters, Gladys (Bonar) and Evelyn (Odwazny) as well as 3 brothers, Donald, Gordon and Howard. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to the Thornhill Morden District where Lawrence was raised and educated.
On 11 November 1942, at the age of 18, Lawrence enlisted in the wartime Canadian Forces and became a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). After completion of basic training Lawrence was sent for advanced training and qualified as a driver. After his training he was sent to Italy and remained there with the PPCLI until 16 March 1945 when the regiment was transferred to France, arriving 18 March 1945. After the war he said to one of his brothers that he had walked the whole length of Italy, being in the infantry and considering the length of the campaign, it is entirely possible. According to his Soldiers Service Book, Lawrence was repatriated in June 1945.
Following the war he spent a short time at the home farm before heading to the mines and worked as a Diamond Driller in Northern Canada and Ireland. He lived in Sudbury, Ontario for approximately 20 years during which he married Millie Lafreniere, a girl from Esponola Bay, Ontario and they eventually settled in Espanola, Ontario. They had two children, Richard who lives in Sudbury, Ontario and Carole (Rawnyk) in Chelmsford, Ontario.
Lawrence Walter Sager died 09 May 1982 at the Espanola General Hospital. A memorial service was held on Friday, 21 May 1982 at Wiebe’s Funeral Chapel followed by Ash Internment beside his mother and father at Hillside Cemetery in Morden, Manitoba
Gunner Wilbert “Roy” Seymour
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
1939-45 War Medal
Manitoba Mounted Rifles
Royal Canadian Artillery
Light Anti-Aircraft Battery
Roy Seymour was born 09 April 1914 and raised in the district of Manitou. His parents were Lawrence and Ellen (Crane) Seymour. Roy was active in 4-H and attended Manitou school. In 1941 he married Beatrice Collins of the Darlingford district. They lived in Winnipeg and Roy worked at the Cordite Plant in Transcona. While working, he was a member of the Manitoba Mounted Rifles, a reserve unit, from July 1940 to March 1941.
Roy enlisted in the regular force 16 July 1942, training with the Royal Canadian Artillery in Portage la Prairie and Shilo before proceeding to England in December 1942. Upon completing his workup training in England he participated in the Italian campaign from November 1943 until January 1945 when the Regiment was sent to France by ship and then overland to Belgium and then Holland. Roy was a Gunner with the 47
Light Anti-Aircraft Battery a unit of the 5
Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He was a member of a 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun Crew and was also a driver when equipment was moved between locations. His Battery arrived in the Netherlands in March 1945 and was there until hostilities ceased. Roy was repatriated in December 1945 and discharged in January 1946.
Upon return from the war, he farmed in the Orangehill district until 1979. He helped raise three sons, Larry, Ron, and Murray. He joined the Royal Canadian Legion, Morden Branch after the war and supported various activities of the Branch, be it the annual Legion Bonspiel, selling poppies, calling Bingo, or participating in events. Roy really enjoyed the Thursday night Bingo and the opportunity to socialize with all his friends.
Upon his retirement, Bea and Roy would spend their winters as snowbirds in McAllen, Texas. They also enjoyed their summers amidst the calmness and serenity of their cottage at Pelican Lake. In his later years, he and Bea were residents of Legion House One were Roy continued to be active with the Legion and willing to accept any challenge of a game of pool from his fellow members.
Wilbert Roy Seymour passed away 16 April 2008 and is buried at the Darlingford Cemetery.
Information submitted by Lieutenant Commander Lee Seymour of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Seymour family and from WW II Divisional and Regimental records.
Sergeant Chester Samuel (Sam)
1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
1939-45 War Medal
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry WW II
Sam Southworth was born 28 October 1922 in the Darlingford district, the third of four children of Edwin Southworth, a veteran of WWI, and Gladys Willmott Andrew. Sam grew up on the home farm until he was 13, when the family moved to Morden. He ended his schooling then, working for several families, and delivering the Winnipeg Tribune. He sawed, chopped, and stacked 10 cords of wood to earn money for a new Boy Scout uniform to wear when the Morden Troop met the King and Queen in Winnipeg in 1939.
On 29 April 1940 Sam enlisted with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Winnipeg, lying about his age as he was only 17. Training was at Fort Osborne Barracks, before shipping out to England later that spring. His battalion was posted to southern England until 1943, when they moved to Scotland to train as an invasion force. Sam trained in parachute landings, but as a married man, was not allowed to continue. Catherine (Kit) Jackson, from Crawcrook, County Durham, England, married Sam on 14 February 1942.
Brigade Sam took part in the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943, and later battles, including Leonforte, as a Bren gunner. Sam was wounded four times, including a stomach wound at ‘Vino Ridge’, outside of Ortona, on 12 December 1943, when he was evacuated to North Africa for medical treatment, rejoining his unit in March 1944. He saw action in all major PPCLI battles throughout Italy (Gothic Line, Hitler Line, the Rivers) as well as the Liberation of Holland.
Sam arrived home in Morden 10 June 1945 and was discharged in Winnipeg on 18 July, with the rank of Sergeant. Kit joined him as one of 60,000 War Brides who came to Canada, arriving 24 August 1945. In 1946 they took over the family farm until April 1952, when they moved to Morden. Sam began work for the Dominion Experimental Farm, looking after the cattle. When cattle research was consolidated in Ottawa, he became a self-taught carpenter, eventually achieving journeyman status, continuing to work at the Research Station until his retirement in December 1984.
Sam was a leader of many volunteer activities. He held the post of District Coordinator of the Emergency Measures Organization for many years, with Kit as Secretary. As coordinator, Sam lead the annual fight against the flooding of the Dead Horse Creek, often commenting wryly on the wisdom of building the then hospital at the low end of town, with a ramp down to the emergency entrance! He was also part of the volunteer Fire Department for several years, including the year he fought a fire at his own home.
Sam’s love of sports was legendary; he refereed minor hockey, but was best known as an umpire, logging thousands of hours around the province. He was known for his honesty, even when one team was from Morden, and until the end of his life, was often approached and asked if he was ‘Crooked Sam’ the ump. He was instrumental in bringing Little League Baseball to Manitoba and was honoured for his efforts. When there were no organized teams for his daughters to play on, Sam helped start a girls’ softball league.
His involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 began as soon as Sam returned from duty. He served in various posts, including Branch President and Zone Commander. He was a long-standing Sergeant-at-Arms of the Colour Party, but is perhaps best remembered as the Sports Convenor, organizing countless bonspiels, golf tournaments, darts and shuffleboard leagues, and youth sports for many years. Sam also served on the Board of Legion House One. He was awarded a Life Membership in recognition of his dedication.
Kit and Sam were married for 50 years, and had three daughters: Lynn, Dale, and Kelly. Kit passed away in August 1992, and Sam died on 11 March 2001. Though there are no longer Southworths in Morden, Sam’s many contributions to his community helped make Morden the city it is today.
Private Baden Herbert Spencer
Royal Winnipeg Rifles (Little Black Devils)
06 May 1900 – 03 April 1963
Baden Herbert Spencer was born on 06 May 1900, in Morden Manitoba. He was the second of ten children of Earnest and Amanda Minetta (McDowell) Spencer, homesteaders from Ontario. Earnest had been a sergeant in the Lisgar Rifles of Kemptville, Ontario. Baden had 4 brothers, Sterling 1901-1971 (served with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps WW II), Orval 1914-1992, Ralph 1920 (was killed at Juno Beach 06 June 1944 rank Corporal), Mervin 1924-1998 and 5 sisters, Mildred 1898-1985, Cora 1903-1991, Myrtle 1912-1982 (served in the Royal Canadian Air Force WW II, rank Sergeant), Velma 1915-1978, and Helen Irene 1918-1990. Baden attended Lloyd George School and after obtaining a grade five education, quit school to work on the family farm with his father on the northeast quarter 32-3-6 of Stanley Municipality, now known as the “Spencer Mountain”.
On 06 February 1917, Baden enlisted in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (also known as The Little Black Devils) 190
Overseas Battalion and was sent overseas. He served three months in France before his mother informed the army that her son was underage and he was discharged and sent home. It is unknown if Baden was awarded medals for his service. If they were awarded it would have been the
British War Medal
. On 24 December 1923 Baden married Edith Brinkworth from Roche Percee, Saskatchewan. They farmed south of Miami, Manitoba where their children Lyle Alexander (1926) and Leona Yvonne (1932) where born.
After farming several years, Baden and the family left the farm and he started working in construction, ending up as foreman of the Bentonite Mine (then situated on his parents farm). In 1946 Baden was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis, but continued to work even though he had to use crutches or a cane. In the late 1950’s he was diagnosed as having cancer. He had pre-arranged that his cornea would be donated at his death, and this wish was carried out. Baden, before his MS, was a hardworking man, full of fun, loved to dance, play cards and drink a beer.
Baden Herbert Spenser died 03 April 1963 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery, Morden, MB.
Information supplied by family.
Corporal Ralph Earnest Spencer,
France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp, 1939 – 45 War Medal
Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Ralph was born 10 December 1920 and spent his whole life on the farm until joining the army in 1940.
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles were in the first wave that went ashore at Juno Beach on 06 June 1944, “D Day”. Ralph did not survive the day.
Ralph Ernest Spencer died 06 June 1944 and is buried at Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, France and his grave number is 11.F.3. Ralph is listed in the World War II Book of Remembrance in Ottawa, page 449. Coming
Corporal Carter James (CJ) Thiessen
Southwest Asia Campaign Star
Carter (CJ) was born 26 October 1990 in Morden, Manitoba to Andy and Tami Thiessen, brother to Brodie. CJ loved all things social. Even as a kindergarten student, he would walk into the classroom and you could hear a collective “CJ’s here!” He was involved in various sports throughout his childhood, but his favorite was hockey and remains a sport he enjoys playing to this day. As a child he often talked about joining the army, but it wasn’t until his last couple of years of high school that it became his purpose. At that time his father, Andy, was the Fire Chief in Morden. Carter was met with reservations from his parents about his future in the Army. He explained that, like his father becoming a firefighter in order to help people, that’s what joining the army meant to him.
Carter applied to the Canadian Armed Forces in the spring of 2008 and shortly after was offered a position to train as a Combat Engineer. He left home immediately following his high school graduation at the young age of 17. It wasn’t until 2 years later that he even needed to shave.
Carter did not come from a family with a military background so this was a difficult transition for his parents and grandparents. However, after the initial shock wore off, the pride took over. What helped immensely was the support of their local church family and many friends and relatives that prayed continuously for CJ’s safety. This became very important once he was chosen to serve in Afghanistan. Before CJ left for basic training, he got a tattoo on his arm with his favorite and most meaningful bible verse …” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Carter joined the Canadian Armed Forces in July 2008. He did his basic training in St. Jean, Quebec and was then stationed in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He immediately started training as a Combat Engineer and within 2 years was chosen to serve in Afghanistan as part of Canada’s last combat rotation in the Middle East. Carter was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010, to join the Royal 22
Regiment (Van Doos) Battlegroup in the provinces Panjwaii District. The regiment was known for its offensive fighting tactics and taking Taliban strongholds. Carter’s primary role as a Combat Engineer was to allow friendly troops to live, move and fight on the battlefield and deny that to the enemy. This involved clearing paths and roadways of IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Taliban territory to allow the Battlegroup to advance freely and safely along the battlefield. Engineers, first in and last out of any combat situation.
When Carter returned from Afghanistan, he continued his education with the military and went on to achieve the position of Combat Diver, after completing a 2-week gruelling selection process. He finished his 5-year military career working as a Diver and EOD Operator II at the rank of Corporal.
Carter has since gone on to follow in his Father’s footsteps and has become a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Brandon Emergency Services (EMS).
Trooper Don W. Thompson
1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp (CVSM), 1939-45 War Medal
The Fort Garry Horse
18 December 1915 – 28 September 2004
Don Thompson was born 18 December 1915 to William and Dorothy Thompson in Morden, Manitoba. They lived on the farm at 22 – 2 – 6 adjacent to what is now Stanley Park. Don farmed with his Dad until enlisting in the Army, The Fort Garry Horse, in 1941. The Fort Garry Horse is an Armoured Regiment and initial training was done in Borden, Ontario on the American 6 Ton M1917 Machines that had been built in 1918 and kept in storage at Rock Island Arsenal in the USA. As a driver/mechanic Don received this training before being shipped to England.
In England the Regiment continued training on the American M3 Lee and British Valentine tanks and also the Canadian developed Ram tank and in 1943 were issued the American Sherman tank, far superior to anything they had trained with. The Fort Garry Horse became part of the 2
Canadian Armoured Brigade which was given a role as the vanguard in the coming invasion of Normandy: the Garry’s and the 1
Hussars, another armoured regiment, were the only Canadian armoured regiments selected to use the top secret “Duplex Drive” swimming Sherman tanks.
The Garry’s were among the first armour to land in Normandy on “D-Day” 06 June 1944. The regiment went on to distinguish itself in the allied advance through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The regiment ended the war in the German city of Oldenburg, accepting the surrender of German troops in the area, May 1945 and later moving to Doetinchem in Holland where it remained until returning to Canada in November 1945.
While in England Don met Marion Hartley and they were married 09 October 1944. Don came home and was discharged in January 1946 and went back to the farm. Approximately 5 months later, Marion the war bride, followed and arrived 02 July 1946. They initially lived with Don’s parents. Don and Marion had 3 sons, Eric (Joanne), Dave (Evelyn) and Dale (Audrey). Don farmed a half section 16 – 2 – 6 and remained on that farm until he retired and moved to Morden in the spring of 1974. Marion was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary, served as President and was given a Lifetime Membership for her dedicated service. Don lived in his home at 236 12
Street and passed away in his residence 28 September 2004 at age 88.
Information supplied by son Eric and The Fort Garry Horse Regimental records.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER KENNETH WAYNE WIEBE
Member of the Order of Military Merit, Special Service Medal & NATO Clasp,
Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM), Multinational Force and Observers (Sanai) Medal, 125th
Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration
ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
Ken began his life’s journey 23 July 1948 at Carman, MB. He is the son of Leslie and Helena (Friesen) Wiebe, the eldest of 6 siblings, Carrol 1950-1998, Dennis 1951, Laverne 1953, Garry 1954, Kelvin 1955-2008. After schooling in Morden Ken went to Winnipeg and worked for a short time before enlisting in the RCN on
16 January 1967. He did basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, NS and then trades training at Borden, ON. He was posted too many bases and worked on numerous aircraft and held a variety of positions over the next 29 years. Shearwater, NS, VU-32 and VS-880 Sqns (CP 121 Tracker A/C), Bagotville, QC, (CF 101 Voodoo), Baden, Germany, (CF 104 Starfighter), Cold Lake AB, 418 Sqn (CF-5 Fighter), Goose Bay, NL, NCO i/c Transient Servicing, Edmonton, AB, 408 Sqn (Kiowa and Twin Huey Helicopters), Montreal, QC, 10 Tactical Air Group HQ as Group Chief Warrant Officer, Edmonton, AB as Wing Chief Warrant Officer and Winnipeg, MB, Investigator Directorate of Flight Safety.
Ken and Linda (Dyck) were married 30 August 1974 and a short week later Linda stood on the flight line in Bagotville and watched Ken board an aircraft for the first of many deployments. Their son Trevor was born while stationed in Bagotville and on 23 August 1976 they landed in Germany with an 18 month old son and a 20 day old daughter, Makenzie. When Ken left to report for duty the next morning, foreign country and language, strange city and two little ones was not an impossible challenge to Linda who was somewhat used to being on her own. Over the years Ken had short term deployments to Sardinia, England, Somalia, Haiti and 6 months in Egypt as well as numerous courses and conferences, during which Linda looked after the home front
“My Lindy was a trooper during all the moves and managed to find work in most places we lived. She took some courses and also enlisted in the Air Reserves and served for a few years, she did well. The kids too, in spite of the moves and having to attend numerous schools in different provinces, managed to graduate on time, couldn’t be prouder”, says Ken.
Ken retired from the Forces in May 1996 and went into business with his brother for 7 years and then, in 2003 he and Linda decided to move to Morden. He went into business for himself, Painting and Decorating as well as managing Mudezz Car Wash. In 2010 he decided to run for the Mayor’s office. He won the election and was acclaimed for a second term in 2014. While in office as Mayor, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
Ken always thought it important that one contribute to one’s community and over the years has been a baseball coach, writer for two military newspapers and editor of one, served on community council, executive positions on a square dance club, curling clubs, church committees, parent volunteer for Cubs and Scouts, Sunday school teacher, volunteer for the Corn and Apple Festival since 2003 and Chair of the Festival in 2008.
Ken and Linda have been Legion Members for over 25 years. Ken has worked on the Memorial Banner Project since 2019 and is also a volunteer at the Thrift Store. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Private Leslie Wiebe
War Medal 1939-45
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
18 April 1926 – 05 April 2013
Leslie Wiebe was the first born of 8 children to Jake and Mary (Funk) Wiebe. He was raised in the Melba School District, north of Horndean and lived in that area until joining the Army at Plum Coulee, 11 August 1944. Leslie did his infantry training at Shilo as a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and on completion was sent on embarkation leave. His unit was ready to depart for Halifax and a troop ship to Europe when hostilities wound down and the war ended. He was demobilized 27 April 1946.
Leslie was introduced to Helena Friesen by Frank Doel, a cousin to Helena and an army buddy to Leslie. Shortly thereafter they were married and after living in Roland and Osterwick decided to move to Morden, as Leslie was driving truck for the Morden Creamery at that time and later also drove for Morden Transfer. Leslie was a member of Branch 11 Legion during his time in Morden. He worked for Furnace Man in Winnipeg for a time and later went to Red River College and got his High Pressure Gas Welding Certificate. He left his family and Morden approximately 1960 and went pipe lining.
Leslie and Helena had 6 children Kenneth 1948, Carrol 1950-1998, Dennis 1951, Laverne 1953, Garry 1954 and Kelvin 1955-2009.
Leslie moved back to Morden in February 2012 and transferred his Legion Membership back to Branch 11. He was having some health issues prior to his move to Morden and his health continued to decline after his move. He was admitted to BTHC in January 2013 and remained there until his passing.
Leslie Wiebe passed away 05 April 2013 and is buried in the Altona Cemetery, Altona Manitoba.
Corporal Linda Ann (Dyck) Wiebe
Canadian Armed Forces
Primary Air Reserve
Linda, born 29 January 1954, is the daughter of John and Agatha (Peters) Dyck. She was raised in their home on First Street in Morden along with two younger siblings, Ron and Sharon. She went to school in Morden and worked at the Esso Restaurant while going to High School. After High School Linda went to Regina and worked there for a time before coming back to Morden in 1973. Ken, already in the Forces, happened to be home on leave that summer and they connected. On 29 August of 1974 Ken and Linda were married. They went to Bagotville, Quebec a few days after the wedding, Ken’s home base. When married only a week, Ken left on deployment to New Brunswick. This was the beginning of Ken’s departures for the next 22 years, lasting from days to months at a time. They lived in many places throughout Canada. Their son was born in Bagotville and three weeks prior to being transferred to Europe, Linda had a baby girl. New posting, foreign country, a son who is 17 months, a baby of 20 days old and a husband who left first thing in the morning to report for duty. Pretty routine for a military wife.
While Ken was stationed in Cold Lake, Alberta the Forces were looking for Reservists to fill short staffed positions. Linda took the opportunity and in the fall of 1981 enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces. She did her basic training followed immediately by some Dental Technician training. As there was suddenly a greater need for Administrative Clerks she was transferred, took the Administrative course and completed it in December, 1982. Linda filled the Administrative position until June 1984 when Ken was transferred to Goose Bay, Labrador. Linda was promoted to Corporal just prior to her departure from Cold Lake. Shortly after arriving in Goose Bay she was taken on strength in the Base Administrative Section and served until June 1985. Linda also worked at a variety of civilian jobs as she followed Ken around the country.
On their second time in Edmonton (1991) Linda went to work for Kitchen Kraft and when Ken was transferred to Winnipeg the company offered Linda a position as the Shipping Clerk at their main plant in Winnipeg. She worked there until 2003 when they moved to Morden. During that summer Linda decided to go back to school and took the Red River College Health Care Aide course, graduating with Honours in March 2004. She worked in this field for a number of years as well as with her husband until retirement in 2010.
Linda has been a member of the Morden Legion for more than 25 years and also served on the Executive. Linda and Ken have been married since 1974 and have two children, Trevor and Makenzie as well as two grandchildren.
Trooper Maurice Clark Young
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and Clasp
Canadian Armoured Corps
British Columbia Regiment
Maurice Clark Young was born 09 March 1923 at home in the Rural Municipality of Pembina. He was the youngest of 4 boys, Charles, George, Lorne and Maurice born to Dawson and Charlotte (Rinn) Young. He attended Overdale School, located at NW34-1-8W south of Kaleida in the Rural Municipality of Pembina and later in life became a trustee of that school. Established in 1889 and after providing education to local kids for 75 years Overdale School closed in 1964.
On 27 October 1942 at the age of 19 Maurice enlisted in the Army, The Canadian Armoured Corps (tanks) and did his basic training in Portage la Prairie. In November 1943 he was transferred to Camp Borden, Ontario for his armoured (tank) training. Maurice was granted leave over the Christmas period and went home. While on leave he married Ina McElroy from the Shadeland School District on 31 December 1943, New Year’s Eve, in Darlingford.
In October 1944 Maurice was transferred to London, England and eventually to Continental Europe to join the British Columbia Regiment in their pursuit of the retreating Germans into Belgium and Holland and Germany. From November 1944 until April 1945 the BC Regiment held their position preparing for a planned crossing of the Rhine River into Germany. The regiment crossed the Rhine in April and quickly captured the town of Neunhaus. The last major action of the BC Regiment began on 17 April 1945 when they crossed the Kusten Canal and by VE Day 05 May 1945 they had pushed the enemy back beyond Bad Zwischenahn. In all the Regiment had lost 122 Officers and men killed and 213 wounded along with 105 Sherman, 14 Stuart tanks and 1 Crusader tank since “D” Day 06 June 1944.
Maurice returned to Canada and his roots, the family farm south of Kaleida, in 1946. Over the next number of years he and Ina had four children, Wrenda, Rhonda, Floyd, and Betty. They farmed until 1987 at which time they rented it out and moved to Morden. Maurice was an outdoors person and liked hunting, fishing, travelling with Ina and woodworking. Maurice passed away in August 1992 and is buried in the Darlingford Cemetery.
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