Service Men - Bagley - Blondin

17 - Bagley, J.M. (Jim) - Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.19/1943/No.10-Oct. p.10 – “Trooper Jim Bagley, of the Tank Corps, took part in the initial assault on the Sicilian beaches, fought through to Messina and is now on the east coast with Montgomery.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “The Divisional troops, Artillery, Service Corps, Tank Brigade, etc., have Sglmn. Jim Bagley…”
- Feb/44, p.2 – “Jim Bagley, formerly with the C.M.F. is now in hospital suffering from accidental burns. Last located in Algiers and may be on his way to England.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “Jim Bagley, with the Tanks, was recently admittes to hospital with burns.”
18 – Bailey, L.W. (Lawrence) - LAC RCAF
- Vol.19/1943/No.2-Feb. p.6 – “Lawrence Bailey (has) safely arrived in England with recent Air Force drafts.”
19 - Baker, John(ny) - Leading Stoker RCNVR
- Jan/45, p.1 – “Johnny Baker is now a S.P.O. (SPO Baker, J., V-30646, H.M.C.S. Rosthern, F.M.O. Halifax, N.S.)
- Jul/46, p.6 – “Lads like…Johnny Baker…kept Powell River colors at the masthead, as convoy after convoy battled its way to the sorely pressed shores of the United Kingdom.”
20 - Baker, (Dick) - Staff Sergeant RCEME
- Aug/43, p.2 – (in letter from Joe Miller) – “…Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around…(including) Dick Baker…”
- Oct/44, p.2 – “Dick Baker, holding the fort at Prince Rupert, joins the elite with a promotion to Staff Sergeant.”
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21 - X Baker, R.C. (Ron) - Private Canadian Army Overseas(PH002262)
- Jul/46, p13 – “In the fighting in Europe…seven Powell River men gave their lives…Don [sic] Baker died in (his) country’s service.”
22 - Barlow, Eric - Major Canadian Army Overseas
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Vol.15/1939/No.9-Sept. p.5 – “Eric Barlow of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, was called up shortly after the outbreak of war. Eric, holding a commission in the militia, is now on staff duty in Vancouver.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.1-Jan. p.3 – “Captain and Adjutant Eric Barlow, formerly of the Canadian Bank of Commerce and Company Sergeant-Major Harry Hassell of the Wharf, head our contingent of the “Dukes”.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “At least five Powell River boys crossed the pond with the “Dukes”…(including) Capt. Eric Barlow…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “In the Fourth Division, our boys comprise the better part of a platoon in the First Battalion DCOR’s who have recently arrived overseas as an armoured unit. The list includes Lieut. Eric Barlow…”
- Nov/44, p.4 – (in a letter from Ken Matheson) “Had a visit from the press photographers last week, and if the cameras stand up to it, you may see us in one of the papers. Powell River was well represented; Howie Russell, Jimmy Stapleton, Perry Monsell, Major Barlow and myself.”
- Feb/45, p.2 – “And Major Eric Barlow, after accompanying the “Dukes” through France and Belgium, is back in Vancouver on leave.”
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23 – Bartfai, A.W. (Andy) – AB RCNVR
(PH002109)
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.7/8 – “In the ranks of the bluejackets are scores of former employees, well known throughout the district. There is…such well known lads as Andy Bartfai…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
24 - Barton, K.F. (Ken) – Lieutenant
SM-Barton, K.F. (Ken) – LieutenantSM-Barton, K.F. (Ken) – Lieutenant-2SM-Barton, K.F. (Ken) – Lieutenant-3SM-Barton, K.F. (Ken) – Lieutenant-4
(PH002330) (PH002330-2) (PH002330-3) PH002330-4)
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.13 – “The…officer roll roster now includes the name of Lieutenant Ken Barton Seaforths, of the Vancouver office…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.15 – “The picture…on the right is Lieut. K.F. Barton, formerly of the staff of Powell River Sales Company. Ken is taking an additional course of study at Currie Barracks, Calgary, Alberta.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.4-Apr. p.16 – “In a letter from Ken Barton, received under date of March 30
th, he says he was in London on March 28th, walked into the Bank of Montreal, and bumped right into Jock Kyles. Jock was hurrying out to report back to his station. Ken says that Jock looks a picture of health. Ken sees quite a bit of Norm Hill, as they are both stationed at the same barracks.”
- Aug/43, p.2 – “I thoroughly enjoy each issue of the News Letter and look forward to it coming along. I had lunch with Bill Fyfe, the famous Scottish comedian, in Edinburgh , recently. It was purely by accident. I was on leave when he and his friend sat down at the same table. He looks and acts the same, off stage as on. Also talks the same. It was a very interesting experience.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.10-Oct. p.10 – “Other Powell River men now with the Eighth Army (in Italy) include Trooper Ewart Hassell, Lieutenants Ken Barton and Jack Gebbie.”
- Jan/44, p.2 – “Guess you heard that Lieut. Ken Barton…(was) wounded in Italy; Ken with the Seaforths…”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “The Vancouver Seaforths, who haave been in the thick of the fray since Sicily, included Lieut. Ken Barton…”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.13 – “Our Central Mediterranean casualties to date include the following:
Wounded-Lieut. Ken Barton, Seaforths.”
- Jun/44, p.2 – “Just had a not from Lieut. Ken Barton from #11 Canadian General Hospital, England. Ken was wounded at Ortona and has spent the last six months in hospital, but is now improving and expects to be sent back to convalesce in Canada shortly.”
- Jun/44, p.3 – “…I caught up with the Seaforths in the Campo Basso area last November. Stayed with them till I picked up a packet of shrapnel on December 11 at the crossroads near Ortona. Was moved from one hospital to another in Italy, finally landing up here. I expect to be in Shaughnessy Hospital by the end of June. My fighting days are over, but don’t know whether I will get a discharge or a desk job…Sure would like to get back to the P.R. Company. Have been in hospital six months now. Am up on crutches and getting around a little. My wounds have all healed except one in the left foot…Give my regards to all the gang and will try to get up and see you.
- Jul/44, p.2 – “Lieut. Ken Barton is back in Vancouver, convalescing at Shaughnessy. Expects to drop in one of these days.”
- Oct/44, p.3 – “Lieut. Ken Barton is still in Shaughnessy but progressing well, and expects to be moving into his new home any day.”
- Feb/45, p.2 – “Last week Lieut. Ken Barton dropped in for a few days. Ken is still in Shaughnessy and hasn’t been allowed off his crutches yet, but is feeling and looking fine. Told us quite a few yarns about “bambinos” and other Italian pests. Ken and Jock Kyles spoke to members of the Twenty Five Year Club during their visit to P.R.”
- Feb/45, p.3 – (in a letter from Norman Thomson) “”Since some of the fellows are in Shaughnessy, I would like to pass on the info that the red[headed waitress in the dining room is good for two desserts. (Attention Ken Barton…!)”
- Feb/45, p.5 – “Squadron Leader Jock Kyles and Lieut. Ken Barton were guests at the gathering and told a few stories the Twenty Five Year Club youngsters had never heard before. And somehow the ration situation seemed to be fairly well mastered for that evening.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.3-Mar. p.2/3– “Several invited guests were present (at the Twenty-Five Year Club). These included Squadron Leader J.A. Kyles, who has returned to Canada after three years overseas, and Lieut. Ken Barton , repatriated as a result of wounds suffered in the Canadian attack at Ortona, Italy…Squadron Leader J.A. Kyles and Lieut. Barton gave interesting and amusing talks on their overseas experiences, and Ken’s story about the Italian “bambinos” promises to become a local classic.”
- Mar/45, p.5 – “Lieut. Ken Barton is helping the (Victory) Loan Committee at various public meetings.”
- Jul/46, p10 – (re: Sicily and Italy) “From the beaches of Pachino to the Po valley, with interim stops at the Hitler and Gothic lines, at Cassino, at the Morro and a score of other natural obstacles, Powell River was always there…With the Seaforths...(was)..Lieut. Ken Barton.”
25 - Batterham, W.C. (Walter) - Telegrapher
- Jan/44, p.2 – “…Walter Batterham…(is)…in the Navy, Training at St. Hyacinthe.”
- Mar/45, p.2 – “Here’s another one to make you old-timers gulp. Telegraphist Walter Batterham, Jr. is now on H.M.C.S. Whitby, c/0 F.M.O. St. John’s, Newfoundland. Remember him as the 14-year-old that watched the old gang leave on that memorable June 26, 1940?”
26 - Baum, G.V. (Cave) - Lieutenant RCNVR
SM-Baum, G.V. (Cave) - Lieutenant RCNVRSM-Baum, G.V. (Cave) - Lieutenant RCNVR-2
(PH002139) (PH002139-2)
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.9 – “…as is also [justly proud] Board of Trade Secrtary Bill Baum, with son Rex in an eastern camp, training for a pilot; and Cave, back east at a naval training establishment.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.7 – “In the ranks of the bluejackets are scores of former employees, well known throughout the district. There is…such well known lads as Cave Baum…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.10 – “Cave Baum…(is) now (a) Sub-Lieutenant.”
- Mar/44, p.1 – “…news has just come through that Sub. Lt. Cave Baum has been raised to the full dignity of Lieutenant, R.C.N.V.R. (Nice work, Cave).”
- Apr/44, p.3 – (in a letter from Doug Ingram) “Cave Baum is here (south of England) too and the toasts were many and sweet.”
- Jul/46, p.6 – “Lads like…Cave Baum…kept Powell River colors at the masthead, as convoy after convoy battled its way to the sorely pressed shores of the United Kingdom.”
- Jul/46, p.7 – (re: D-Day) “Behind the mine sweepers came the landing craft, of all types. In the large Landing Craft (was)…Lieut. Cave Baum, who drove ashore on Juno, the British beachhead.”
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27 – X Baum, Rex – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas
(PH002179)
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.9 – “…as is also [justly proud] Board of Trade Secrtary Bill Baum, with son Rex in an eastern camp, training for a pilot; and Cave, back east at a naval training establishment.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.13 – “Summer and embarkation leaves are bringing manyy of the boys back home for brief and well earned holidays…Rex Baum (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.10-Oct. p.8 – “…Rex Baum graduated as (a) Pilot Officer…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.6-Jun. p.15 – “Rex Baum writes: “Had a few days with Martin Naylor and we talked far into the night about Powell River, between beers.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.8-Aug. p.12 – “…local lads are riding the skies over Germany every night…Rex Baum…and a score of other boys from the district have been in the thick of these tremendous events that are weakening enemy production and morale.”
- Jul/46, p13 – “How well we remember these lads, because they were first in battle and were in our minds and hearts for so long..(including) Rex Baum lost in a raid against robot bomb sites…- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
28 - Baxter, G.W. (George) - Sergeant
- Jul/43, p.2 – (K-15416) BDR 14th Bty. 5th Can. A/T Regt. C.A.O. “Sgt. George Baxter was married in Powell River on Wednesday, July 7th.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…George Baxter…?
- Jul/44, p.1 – “And our thanks again …to George Baxter for another copy of his swell Divisional sheet…”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “Receiving the News Letters right along…and am enclosing copies of our Divisional papers for your collection. Down to London for 24-hours recently, but it’s not long enough. See lots of these doodle bugs, buzz bombs or what have you, as they pass over on their way to London. A few have landed fairly close.”
- Jul/44, p.4 – (in a letter from A. Heward) “See George Baxter is over and is next door, more or less. Was sure pleased to see him and he is still supporting two hooks.”
- Sep/44, p.3 – “L/Sgt. George Baxter…is somewhere in Belgium and finds the people “a grand lot”. The wine, says George, is also good and the cognac better.”
- Dec/44, p.1 – “…Thanks for all the periodicals and propaganda leaflets… Special acknowledgements to…George Baxter for the Guilder note…”
- Dec/44, p.1 - “And George Baxter, after surrendering his three stripes to proceed overseas, is in there pitching again with the confirmed rank of full sergeant.”
- Apr/45, p.3 – “Thing are sure moving fast now and the show should be over soon. On our push to the Rhine about a month ago ran into the P.R. boys with the BCR’s, among them the Monsell boys. They are the first I have seen since arriving here.”
29 - Bayer, H.C. - LAC
- May/45, p.2 – “Quite a number of fellows who have returned in recent months are now back on Civvie Street. These include … LAC H. Bayer …”
30 – Beattie, W. - Gnr RCA
- Aug/43, p.2 – (in letter from Joe Miller) – “…Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around…(including) a young lad by the name of Beatty [sic]…”
31 - Behan, E.T. (Eddie) - SPO RCNVR
- May/43, p.4 – (in a letter from Stan Richardson) “…Eddie Behan comes around with me…”
- Jan/44, p.4 – “…Have seen a few of the Powell River lads around here – Harry Pickles, John Fishleigh, Dickie Stapleton, Jack Furness. Do you ever hear from Jack Mullen? Would like to have his address.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – (promotions)…and Eddie Behan with a S.P.O.”
32 - X Bell, John(ny)
- Vol.19/1943/No.11-Nov. p.11 – (under “We Will Remember Them”)
“LAC Bell, J.M.
RCAF July ’43
Canada, Flying Accident.”
- Jul/46, p13 - “How well we remember these lads, because they were first in battle and were in our minds and hearts for so long…(including) Johnny Bell who suffered the same fate (lost in a flying accident in Canada) …- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
33 - Bell, William (Bill) - F.O., J 18423, Attached RAF, RCAF Overseas
- Vol.17/1941/No.2-Feb. p.13 – “During the last month several well-known local boys have been called to service or notified to report in the near future. These include…Bill Bell of the office…All are scheduled for the Air Force, which brings Powell River’s contingent in that vital sphere close to 60 members.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.4-Apr. p.11 – “Sergeant-Observer Bill Bell, of the Shipping Office, has been to Aberdeen on leave; and as a consequence, much to his own bewilderment and to the delight of his former boss, John Dunlop, has revised his ideas of Scottish hospitality.”
- Apr/43, p.3 – (in a letter from Frank O’Neil) “Harry Freeman and I are holding a reunion here this week. Harry was with Bill Bell before Bill left for the Middle East.”
- May/43, p.1 – (marriages) “And Mollie Taylor of the Shipping Department will marry Corporal Jack Parkin on June 15
th, if mot sooner. Sgt. Bill Bell in Gibraltar…will be specially interested.”
- Feb/44, p.3 – “Have been moving around a lot and my mail is just catching up on me. I liked Gibraltar in many ways. Plenty of sunshine, lots of swimming, but indifferent grub and entertainment. I did see the Royal Navy in action – and I can say it is no wonder we hold the Mediterranean. My best wishes to the shipping crowd.”
- Apr/44, p.2 – (promotions) “…that extra ring they have tacked on to Bill Bell to bring this apple cheeked lad up to Flying Officer.”
- Jul/44, p.2 – “Flying Officer Bill Bell threw the whole Shipping office into an uproar when he sneaked of early in July to marry Miss Helen Mason of Birmingham.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – ‘Back home too are ruby-cheeked Flying Officer Bill Bell, with his English bride.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.2-Feb. p.10– “…Flying Officer Bill Bell of the Shipping Department dropped in on us. Bill flew “Wimpies” and Liberators all over the Western Mediterranean and up to the Bay of Biscay, oner the North Sea and the North Atlantic. He brought back an English bride to share his future in Powell River. Bill is attached to Western Air Command for the present.”
- Jul/46, p15 – ‘On coastal command was Flying Officer Bill Bell, commuting north and east out of Gibraltar.”
34 - Bellamy, H.L. (Harold) - Private
- May/43, p.5 – “Recent enlistments include Harold Bellamy, army.”
- Oct/44, p.3 – “some of the recent arrivals overseas include: Pte. Harold Bellamy (M-66476, Roman Way Convalescent Hospital, C.A.O.)”
- Nov/44, p.2 – “Appearing in our records under new addresses are Pte. Bellamy, Harold L. M-66476, Roman Way Convalescent Hospital, C.A.O.”
- May/45, p.2 – “Harold Bellamy reached Calgary on May 1.”
35 - Belyea, H.T. (Harold) - CQMS No. 1 Cdn. L. of C. Provost COY. #1 C.B.R. Group, C.F.M.
- Jan/44, p.4 – “I’m sitting on a requisitioned bed, with a requisitioned mattress and pillow, army blankets with a limey greatcoat on top. We have adopted an Italian orphan who was picked up after curfew one night. He is quite the lad. Works like a demon for his board and lodging. He claims to be about 15, but looks and probably is about 12 … Scrounge! – He is a past master. The little tramp bums cigarettes off one man and gives them to another. Cheerio and Buon Natale.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “The Divisional troops, Artillery, Service Corps, Tank Brigade, etc., have Pte. Harold Belyea…”
- Mar/44, p.1 – “Harold Belyea, with the Provost Corps in Italy is A/CQMS.”
- Sep/44, p.2 – “And Harold, looking with a kindly eye over the discipline of the troops and Italian civilians, has attained the lofty and dizzy eminence of C.Q.M.S.”
- Jul/46, p10 – (re: Sicily and Italy) “All specialist branches were liberally sprinkled with lads from the paper town…(including)…C.Q.M.S. Harold Belyea, Provost Corps.”
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36 - Belyk, J.N. (John) - L.A.C. R.C.A.F. Overseas
(PH002279) [Belyk, (l to r) Richard, John, Mike]
- May/43, p.5 – “We thank the scores of boys who have written us and are only sorry we can’t include all your letters. We hope to get around to most of them some time. Meantime we would like to acknowledge letters from…John Belyk…”
- Sep/44, p.1 – “L.A.C. John Belyk, R-157787 (Can.) is attached to 419
th Squadron, R.C.A.F., Overseas.”
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37 - Belyk, M.M. (Mike) - Private Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002279) [Belyk, (l to r) Richard, John, Mike]
- Aug/43, p.2 - (in a letter from Joe Miller) “…Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around…(including)…Mike Belyk…”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “K-40295(??), #1 C.I.T.R., C.A.O.”
- Mar/45, p.3 – “K40290 (??) – Many thanks for the cigarettes which arrived last week…There are three other Powell River lads here, Dave Jack, Bill Jamieson and Jack Cadwallader.”
38- Belyk, R. (Dick) - Private Canadian Army Overseas
SM-Belyk, R. (Dick) - Private Canadian Army Overseas-2SM-Belyk, R. (Dick) - Private Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002265) (PH002279) [Belyk, (l to r) Richard, John, Mike]
- Aug/43, p.2 – (in a letter from Joe Miller) “…Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around…(including)…Dick Belyk…”
- Jun/45, p.5 – (in a letter from B.W. MacDonald) “…Quite a few Powell River boys with me here…(including)…Dick Belyk…”
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39 - Bentham, T. J. (Tommy) K-19071 - Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002280)
- Feb/44, p.3 – c/o R.C.O.C. W/S. CAPO #1, C.A.O. “Receive the Monthly Letter regularly, and certainly appreciate it…am married and if any of the boys in these parts would like a little home-cooking, would welcome a visit. My address is #4 Cambell Avenue or phone 3226. I hope the boys or girls will make use of this information. In case of the girls, I think I could persuade the wife to see things the right way – I hope!...My wife hails from Northern Quebec, a paper town by the name of Riverbend, a Price Bros. mill. No, that’s were you’re wrong. She’s not French.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…Tommy Bentham…?
- Aug/44, p.1 – “…Tommy Bentham, whose house seems to be a Powell River leave centre, now sprouts three hooks.”
- Sep/44, p.3 – (in a letter from T.R. Parkin) “…Tommy Bentham is a proud father now. He has just been presented with a young daughter.”
40 - Bernier, Ray – Lance Corporal HQ Coy., C.A.
- May/44, p.1 – “Thanks too to Cpl. Ray Bernier for copies of “Khaki”, official organ of the Canadian Army.”
- Nov/44, p.1 – “…and Ray Bernier with full fledged corporal status.”
41 – Bethune, Angus – Sergeant RCAF
- Vol.18/1942/No.11-Nov. p.9 – “Up in Alaska group of Powell River boys had a get-together at the hjome of Don Gahan, former company employee. These included…LAC Angus Bethune…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.10 – “Angus Bethune, Jackie Redhead, Ray Ingram and Frankie Mannion have been boosted to full sergeants.”
42 - Bichard, John - AB RCNVR
- Feb/44, p.3 – (in a letter from T.R. Parkin) “…John Bichard and several others running into port.”
- Sep/44, p.3 – “Just had word from A.B. Johnny Bichard, V-47241, and you can still locate him % H.M.C.S. Waskesiu, G.P.O. London.”
- Oct/44, p.3 – “Just after telling you to look up Johnny Bichard, the lad pops up in Powell River about ten days ago. Has a month’s leave. Looks swell and along with brother-in-law Ron Fraser, also home, is doing all right. We took them both out to an E Company stag recently, and the reputation of the Navy was nobly upheld.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.12-Dec. p.15- “ re: Cover Picture – AB John Bichard…represents the Navy. His frigate sank one German submarine.”
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43 – Biles, - RCAF
(PH002177)
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44 - Bird, C.D. (Chas. Duncan) - SPO, RCNVR – A-3288
(PH002355)
- Vol.20/1944/No.7-Jul. p.10 – “PO Duncan Bird was busy on the Moose Jaw.”
- Dec/44, p.4 – HMCS Moosejaw, CFMO 10 Haymarket St. London SW1 England “Many thanks for the News Letters and the cigarettes…See Dan Wallace and Jimmy McGuffie occasionally. We escort one another across the Channel and back again. Things have been quiet lately. No excitement, no nothin’.”
- Apr/45, p.6 – “Sorry to announce the death of another old-timer, Charlie Bird of Wildwood. Died on Wednesday, May 2, of heart attack. Charlie had many old friends among the boys in the forces and his son Duncan is still overseas with the RCN.”
- May/45, p.3 – (in a letter from R. Dunn) “…I heard about Mr. Bird from Duncan who is on his way home.”
- Jul/46, p.6 - “Lads like…Duncan Bird…kept Powell River colors at the masthead, as convoy after convoy battled its way to the sorely pressed shores of the United Kingdom.”
- Jul/46, p.7 – “Canadian destroyers and corvettes sailed in the van of the escort vessels. Among these…(was)…HMCS Moose Jaw with P.O. Duncan Bird.”
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45 - Blacklock, George. (Jack) - Sub. Lieutenant (E) RCNVR
(PH002121)
- May/43, p.4 – (in a letter from Stan Richardson) “The only home town boy I have seen so far is Sub. Lieut. Jack Blacklock.”
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46 - Blondin, S.C.G. (Stewart) – Flight Sergeant R.C.A.F. Depot, Debert, N.S.
(PH002277)

- Feb/43, p.2 – “Everything going along fine here and I feel twenty years younger. Am thinking of turning out for soccer this spring – and think I could give Benny Birt and Joe Small plenty of trouble now. Thanks for the cigarettes and my best to all the old crowd.”
- Jan/44, p.1 – “Bus Blondin, with the fire-fighters of Debert, has had a boost to Flight Sergeant.”
- Jan/44, p.3 – “…I have now got to that stage of life where I have no wish to go gallivanting around at night. In fact, apart from official trips, I am never out of camp. Too bad, I must be getting old or something.”
- May/44, p.3 – (in a letter from J.C. Connelly) “My best regards to Buzz Blondin and tell him to lay off that getting old stuff. Tell him we have picked up a few new songs.”