Service Men - Boida - Bye

47 - Boida, Fred – Lance Corporal Provost Corps C.I.B.
- Jan/44, p.2 – “…and Trooper Fred Boida (has) started the long climb upwards with (his) first stripe.”
48 - Borden, C.L. (Claude) – Staff Sergeant RCOC Overseas
- Apr/43, p.1 – “Claude Borden, RCOC Overseas, is now a full sergeant.”
- Feb/44, p.1 – “And Claude Borden is quite the administrative lad. It’s Staff Sgt. Borden, C.L., now.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…Clause Borden…?
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “…and Claude Borden is up to Staff Sergeant.”
- Jul/44, p.5 – K-92352/3(??), 112 Bty. 6
th L.A.A. Regt. W/S C.A.O. “…Guess all the local swimmers are taking a bit of sun tan at Willingdon Beach. Would prefer a nice cool dip in Powell Lake. Thanks a million for the cigarettes and News Letters.”
- Oct/44, p.5 - #1 C.O.M.R.E.U., C.A.O. “Just received July and August News Letters and they were sure appreciated…Saw Jack Pelly in the Convalescent Depot and he is looking fine. Had another surprise while watching a horseshoe game. The chap sitting next to me turned around and said, “I believe I know you”. It was Steve Gorbatuk, so we headed promptly for the nearest pub…I am back in reinforcement unit again, after six weeks in hospital and convalescence. Stopped five small chunks of shrapnel to end my six weeks stay in France.”
- Feb/45, p.3 – “Claude Borden and Gordie Menzies still continue to meet for the odd jam session up in Holland.”
- Feb/45, p.4 – (in a letter from A.P. Holborne) “The other evening we went pub crawling or whatever they call it in Holland and to my surprise ran smack into Claude Borden and Gordon Menzies. Sure were a sight for sore eyes, and – need I go further, or let you draw your own conclusions?”
- Apr/45, p.3 – 4
th CDN. Armored TP. W/S., R.C.E.M.E., C.A.O. “…At the time of writing am in a reasonably peaceful spot in Holland. Guess Pete Holborne has told you that he, Harold Vandervoort, and myself had a couple of get-togethers up in Holland. Would you say hello to the old gang at home and overseas and give my congratulations to Jack Grundle in bringing his English bride safe and sound to Canada.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.8-Aug. p.11- “At a recent divisional track and field championship meet held in Holland, Sgt. Claude Borden came through with a victory in the sprints in fast time…He carries on the precedent set by another local star, Sgt. Geno Bortolussi…Sgt. Borden, like Sgt. Bortolussi, received his early training and tutelage from Flying Officer Martin Naylor…”
49 - Borer, F. (Frank) - Sapper Canadian Army Overseas
- Mar/45, p.2 – “A final note announcing the arrival overseas of…Frank Borer, #1 C.E.R.U., C.A.O.”
50 - X Bortolussi, Aldo - Sergeant RCAF Overseas
- May/43, p.4 – (in a letter from Charlie Murray) “Have just arrived over here, along with Aldo Bortolussi…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.7-Jul. p.10/11 – “An outstanding event from the Powell River overseas angle was Sgt. Geno Bortolussi’s smart running in the Divisional Sports in England...(see below). Sgt. Aldo Bortolussi, in writing of the event to his father, said: “You ought to be proud of that son of yours. There he was and there he wasn’t. Just went by like that. Boy, was I proud of the family that day.”
- Aug/43, p.2 – (in a letter from Garnet Gibson) “I was over here from January to April before I met any P.R. boys, but one night I met…Aldo Bortolussi.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.8-Aug. p.12 – “…local lads are riding the skies over Germany every night…Aldo Bortolussi…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) Aldo Bortolussi …- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
51 - Bortolussi, Geno/Gino - Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.16/1940/No.8-Aug. p.4/5 – “Back in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, where the New Westminster Machine Gun Regiment sweats under a prairie sun,…Geno Bortolussi was to the fore in a recent sports meet. Over ten thousand troops are in the camp, and at the big sports meet held recently Geno romped home a winner in the 440-yard, took second in the 220 and was a member of the winning relay team.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.10-Oct. p.6 – “…there is the story of Geno Bortolussi and Ken MacDonald, training with the machine gunners at Dundurn, Saskatchewan. The boys saw a blue apparelled figure approaching, buttons shined, and cap at a rakish angle. “Hist, Kenny,” warned Geno, “here comes an Air Force officer. Get ready to salute.” So when the boys reached the “officer” they threw out a snappy salute and passed on well satisfied. Their only disappointment was the failure of the “officer” to return the courtesy. A few minutes later a sergeant of the battalion approached. “What the ruddy blasted blank are you two fellows trying to pull off? That was a bus driver you just saluted.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.10-Oct. p.7 – “(Ken MacDonald’s)…Number 2 gunner is Geno Bortolussi of the shipping office.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.8-Aug. p.6/7 – “From Camp Borden, comes word that Geno Bortolussi, star local trackster, continues to burn up the cinder tracks in the east. He won major honors at the Toronto police sports and he expected to compete in the Canadian Service championships next month. Geno’s precious legs are jealously guarded and Tommy Oldale of the same regiment states that the officers of the regiment have heart failure every time Geno walks on a concrete road. Up dashes the colonel and Geno is whisked inside and told that walking is against the King’s Rules and Regulations.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.10-Oct. p.14- “Geno Bortolussi tells us his regiment is a motor battalion-that is, they are a scouting outfit, and their chief mode of transportation is the Universal carrier and the motorcycle.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.4-Apr. p.10 – “Along with the acknowledgement of the Company’s gift [of 2000 cigarettes], is word from Geno Bortolussi, our ex-track star, that he is sharpening up his spikes, ready for the Canadian Corps sports this summer.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.6-Jun. p.13 – “…Geno Bortolussi finds that the attractions of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and way points are superior to those of the south. The main attraction seems to be the bright eyes of the Scot lassies.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.8-Aug. p.9 – “…word came through that Corporal Gino Bortolussi, one of our best track stars, had ben selected to represent the Armoured Division in the Canadian Army track and field championships in England. Gino had qualified in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. On Saturday, August 15
th, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in its noon broadcast, came through with the ”flash” that Corporal Gino Bortolussi of Powell River, British Columbia, led the 5th Armored Division to victory by winning both the 100 and 220 yard dashes at the Canadian Army Championships overseas…To make the day even fuller for Gino, his old partner, Martin Naylor, turned up to watch his protege defeat the pick of the Canadian Army!”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “The Fifth (Armoured) Division finds Powell River equally well represented. In the smart New Westminster Regiment are a group of well known athletes and citizens. They include Corp. Gino Bortolussi, former office employee and Canadian Army sprint champion…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.11 – (headline) “Local Boy Leads Overseas Army Runners – Gino “Flash” Bortolussi Crowned Sprint Champion” “…In August of this year, the Canadian Army overseas held their annual track and field championships…When the meet was over, the 5
th Armoured Division (Samson’s Roughriders) were acclaimed as winners. “The Armoured Division Victory,” said the official army newspaper, “was due largely to the sprinting prowess of a dark-haired flash hailing from Powell River, British Columbia-Corp. Gino Bortolussi of the New Westminster Regiment. “Bortolissi”, the article continues, “won the 100 and 200-yard dashes, creating new records in both events, despite the presence of a heavy gale. The Powell River iron man also led his division to victory in the mile relay, nipping fourteen seconds off the established record and beating the British Army record by 2 3/5 seconds. Not satisfied with these achievements, Bortolussi went out and ran anchor in the 440-yard relay and again led his team to victory in record time.”That’s what one Powell River boy did in the overseas sports-turned in four record-breaking performances in a single afternoon. Gino received a tremendous ovation from the thousands of spectators, and was presented with the winning trophies by Mrs. McNaughton, wife of the Canadian Army Commander. Gino has a brother in the RCAF and a father and sister with the Powell River Company. Gino was employed in the Sales and Shipping Department prior to his enlistment in June, 1940. So in this issue, a special salute to Corp. Gino Bortolussi, Canadian Army Sprint Champion! (Seems funny now, with Gino one of the pets of the overseas forces, to recall that two days after he joined the army he saluted a hotel porter in mistake for a major!)”
- Apr/43, p.1 – “Geno Bortolussi (is) now a sergeant”
- May/43, p.1 - (marriages) “And Mollie Taylor of the Shipping Department will marry Corporal Jack Parkin on June 15
th, if mot sooner…Geno Bortolussi with the Westminsters will be specially interested.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.7-Jul. p.10/11 – “An outstanding event from the Powell River overseas angle was Sgt. Geno Bortolussi’s smart running in the Divisional Sports in England. For the second seccessive year, the fleet Powell River youngster ran away with the sprints, winning both the 100 and 220-yard dashes. Geno’s time for the century was 10 seconds flat, against high-class competition. Sgt. Aldo Bortolussi, in writing of the event to his father, said: “You ought to be proud of that son of yours. There he was and there he wasn’t. Just went by like that. Boy, was I proud of the family that day.”
- Aug/43, p.2 – “A last flash – We hear Geno Bortolussi won the 100 yards at ht e Divisional Sports, in ten seconds flat. The lad is getting good.”
- Aug/43, p.2 - (in a letter from Garnet Gibson) “I was over here from January to April before I met any P.R. boys, but one night I met…Geno Bortolussi.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “Sgt. Geno Bortolussi and Johnny Mullen did not go to Italy with the first batch of the Westminsters…and rumor has it that Geno may be up for his commission”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.13 – (photo caption) “The wedding group at the recent marriage overseas of Sgt. Geno Bortolussi, famous local sprinter, and Miss Mary Baker, former local girl. Geno’s old schoolboy pal, Flt. Sgt. Frankie Mannion, acted as best man. Miss Baker, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – “Then there’s Geno Bortolussi and Norm Hill, old track pals, now running in double harness (ie: both married).”
- Mar/44, p.1 – “And Geno Bortolussi at #1 C.I.R.U. is acting C.S.M.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “…and rumor has it that Geno Bortolussi has been recommended for his commission.”
- May/44, p.3 – “And pilot Officer Dawson Pirie, up at Alliford Bay, asks to be remembered to his old friends, particularly…Geno Bertolussi…”
- May/44, p.4 – (in a letter from E.J.C. Dore) “…you should see C.S.M. Geno Bortolussi laying down the law to the NCO’s…”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “We understand that Geno Bortolussi is out of Italy. Read something in the paper about him running fourth in an Allied meet in Rome.”
- Feb/45, p.4 – (in a letter from E. Patton) “I have run into Sgt. Bortolussi.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.2-Feb. p.13– “When Flying Officer Martin Nayor returned to Powell River recently, he was very bullish on the track performances of Geno Bortolussi, former Powell River track star and Canadian sprint champion overseas. He stated that Geno was recognized as an outstanding star and that he was only beaten by Cyril Holmes, the British Olympic runner. According to Martin, who should know, and who trained Geno in his early career, the Powell River lad was running the 100 yards in ten seconds flat, consistently. Geno’s style and grace were acclaimed by British sports writers, and he was always considered the man to beat in all Allied meets. Sgt. Geno Bortolussi in now back in the line with his regiment in Italy, after being confined to hospital for several weeks.”
- Mar/45, p.2 – “And here are a few messages we promised to send. Martin Naylor, Bruce Paterson and Harry Cooper send regards to “Watsy McKnight, Geno Bortolussi and Don Clarke.”
- May/45, p.6 – “Sports are on there way back with all the fellows returning to the old stamping ground. Expect to line up a bumper track meet for July 1
st next year…And Geno still in shape to give Vancouver’s best a real run for their money.”
- Jul/46, p10 – “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 Westminsters (was) Sgt. Geno Bortolussi…”
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52 – Bowman, Pete – Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002278)
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.12 – “Several Powell River boys have landed safely overseas (including) Corporal Pete Bowman…”
53 - Brand, G. (George) - Private
- Jun/45, p.1 – “About 15 have been discharged in the past month. These include George Brand (back in the mill)…”
54 - Bridge, F.M. (Frank) - AB RCNVR
- Jan/44, p.2 – “Frank Bridge (V-14701, HMCS Arleux, Halifax) was married on October 24th last.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – “Frank Bridge, who was married last October in Halifax.”
55 - Brinkman, Charles (Charlie) - Lieutenant Commander RCNVR
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.7 – “In the ranks of the bluejackets are scores of former employees, well known throughout the district. Thereis Lieut.-Engineer Charlie Brinckman (sic), of the steam plant…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
- Jan/44, p.2 – “and so did (arrived in England in January) Lieut. Charlie Brinkman.”
- Jun/44, p.2 – (re: D-Day) “Lieut. Charlie Brinkman (was) offshore on the Prince Henry.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.7-Jul. p.10 – “Out on the
Prince Henry (was) Lieut. Charlie Brinkman and CERA Bob Redhead”
- Dec/44, p.1 – “Charlie Brinkman, who has been dodging up an down the Mediterranean foreshore on the “Henry”, has climbed into the capitalist class with promotion to Lieutenant Commander.”
- Jan/45, p.3 – “And Lieut. Commander Charlie Brinkman (% GPO London, England) on the HMCS Prince Henry, is still prowling around the “Med”. Heard something recently about the odd leave in Cairo and asked Henry Cooper for details. We got ‘em!”
Mar/45, p.1 – “Latest advisers put…Charlie Brinkman back in the U.K. after a long spell in the Med. Expect to see (him) back on leave shortly.”
- Apr/45, p.1 – “Word came over the wire yesterday that Lieut. Commander Charlie Brinkman…arrived in Vancouver April 30. Left (his) ship in England—and no word yet on (his) future movements.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.6-Jun. p.14/15– “Also home in Powell River were Chief Petty Officer Bob Redhead, HMCS
Prince Henry; Lieut. Jack Gebbie, Saskatoon Light Infantry; Lieut.-Commander Charles Brinkman,…Commander Brinkman and Bob accompanied the Henry on her duly extended tours of Europe They put the troops ashore on Normandy and headed south in time to lead the assault on Southern France, August 15. From there they went on to Greece and dropped anchor at Piraeus during the Elas uprising. From there to Alexandria, back to England, and finally, Canada.”
- Jun/45, p.2 – “…Lieut. Commander Charlie Brinkman (has) been posted to Victoria following (his) return from wandering around European waters with the David. Nothing definite on discharge. There will be quite a naval complement maintained at Esquimalt for servicing of ships in the Pacific.”
- Jul/46, p.7 – (re: D-Day) “Further out at sea were the big landing crafts, Prince Henry and David who carried the men of the Canadian Scottish Regiment to within sight of French shores before dropping them into the small landing craft. On the “Henry” (was) Lieut. Commander Charlie Brinkman…”
56 - X Brooks, Lucien (Shadow) - Sergeant Pilot RCAF Middle East Forces
SM-Brooks, Lucien (Shadow) - Sergeant Pilot RCAF Middle East ForcesSM-Brooks, Lucien (Shadow) - Sergeant Pilot RCAF Middle East Forces-2SM-Brooks, Lucien (Shadow) - Sergeant Pilot RCAF Middle East Forces-3
(PH002119) (PH002119-2) (PH002119-3)
(at Lucien Brook’s graveside, Royal Naval Cementery, Bighi, Malta
on Oct 5/43 with Father Leo Hobson, #262 below, and FO Hersey)
- Vol.16/1940/No.10-Oct. p.6 – “This week “Shadow” Brooks, formerly of the office staff, and well-known athlete, headed east to begin his training as a pilot-along with Wilf Davis of the Laboratory staff.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.11-Nov. p.14 – “And back on the lone prairie, at Brandon,…Shadow Brooks, Don Woodruff and Robin Leese are going through the preliminary motions of forming threes, squad drill and rifle parctice. All three boys hope to take to the air shortly.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.1-Jan. p.9 – “Many other RCAF lads are also in the stretch…Frank Mannion and “Shadow” Brooks have passed through their preliminary training and expect to be in the air soon.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – (photo caption) “Sergeant-Pilot Lucien (“Shadow”) Brooks, receives his wings from the commanding officer.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “Four potential aces returned home for a brief visit last week, each wearing the wings of the RCAF on his tunic-and each a graduate of the Commonwealth Air Training Schools…(including)…Lucien (“Shadow”) Brooks… “Shadow” Brooks is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brooks of Wildwood. “From office boy to Sergeant-Pilot in eight months” is the saga of Shadow. If “Shad” burns up the air like he burned up opposing lacrosse defences around the district, the Huns are in for a rough time. ”
- Vol.17/1941/No.8-Aug. p.6 – “Fred Brooks of Wildwood informs us that his son “Shadow”, who graduated last month as Sergeant-Pilot, is now in England and eager for a smack at the Huns.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.9-Sep. p.7 – “In the RCAF, “Shadow” Brooks and “Hob” Marlatt and Bill Daubner stand as the vanguard of a larger Powell River contingent that will soon join the RAF in their offensive against the Hun.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.10-Oct. p.14 – “And up in the north of England, “Shadow” Brooks is flying the latest in the way of Hurricanes and Spitfires. His last letter home drips exultation at the way his twelve-gunned pal answers the joy stick. “Shad” is also getting in a bit of useful practice on the dance floor. “Had to change my style a bit with these English girls,” he admitted, “but, boy, some of them can sure jitterbug with the best.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.2 – “With the RAF in the Middle East is Sergeant-Pilot Lucien (Shadow) Brooks, all-round athlete.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.4-Apr. p.11 – “From Lucien “Shadow” Brooks comes word that he is somewhere on the African desert, and that the fellow who talked about the “bald-headed prairie” would revise his ideas if he even tried tramping Africa’s desert sands.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.9 – “The death in action of Flight-Sergt. Lucien “Shadow” Brooks over Malta last month cast a shadow over the entire district. One of the finest athletes in the district, a gentleman on and off the field, “Shadow’s” death was widely mourned, and the hundreds of cards of sympathy received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brooks, were testimony of the esteem in which he was held. Flight-Sergt. “Shadow” Brooks paid the supreme sacrifice while leading his flight in offensive action against the enemy. In Powell River we have seen “Shadow” leading many offensive actions against rival lacrosse squads, and somehow we feel that is the way “Shad” would have wished to go-in offensive action against the enemy.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.10 – “On April 15
th, Flight-Sergt. Lucien “Shadow” Brooks was shot down over heroic Malta as he led a squadron of Hurricanes in action against the enemy. “Shadow” was brought up in Powell River, was educated here and was a leading all-round athlete.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.11-Nov. p.11 – (under “We Will Remember Them”)
“Flt.-Sgt. Brooks, Lucien
RCAF April ’42
Malta, Leading Hurricane Flight. Attacked by large enemy formation.”
- Jul/46, p13 – “…in March 1942. Less than a month later came the word of the death in action over Malta of Lucien “Shadow” Brooks, a youngster loved and respected throughout the district.”
- Jul/46, p14 – “It was here (Malta) that Flight Sergeant Lucien Brooks, leading a flight of Hurricanes, was overwhelmed and shot down after one of the most valiant battles against odds ever fought over those embattled skies.”
57 – Brooks, William Sheldon (Bill) – Pilot Officer RCAF
- Vol.16/1940/No.11-Nov. p.16 – “William Sheldon Brooks, son of Mr. S.D. Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Powell River Company, leaves for the east to take up training with th RCAF. Bill has a private pilot’s licence and has done considerable flying around Vancouver. He lived in Powell River as a boy, and within the past year returned to Powell River with his wife and worked in the mill for several months. His wife will reside in Winnipeg with her family while Bill is in training. The entire Powell River organization wish him good luck.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “Four potential aces returned home for a brief visit last week, each wearing the wings of the RCAF on his tunic-and each a graduate of the Commonwealth Air Training Schools…(including)…Bill Brooks…”

- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “A few days after graduating as (a) Sergeant-Pilot, Bill Brooks (was) notified of (his) promotion to the commissioned rank of Pilot Officer…Bill Brooks is the son of Mr. S.D. Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Powell River Company. Bill has worked in the Powell River plant, and in the Vancouver office. He was possessor of a private pilot’s licence before joining the RCAF.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.7 – (photo caption) “Pilot Officer Bill Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brooks. Bill received his wings a few weeks ago, and his commission came through the following week.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – (in a list of Powell River men who have received commissions) - “Pilot Officer.”
58 - Brown, Bill – Pilot Officer
- May/43, p.5 – (in a letter from Dawson Pirie) “Saw Bill Brown (Sgt. Bill Brown)…at Trenton recently.”
- Aug/43, p.1 – “Bill Brown, our former Gym Instructor, is on his way to a Pilot Officer’s rank.”
- May/44, p.3 – “…to Sea Island, where Pilot Officer Bill Brown is the chief mogul of calisthenics and physical training.”
59 – Brown, E.R. - O.Smn. RCNVR
- Sep/44, p.4 – (in a letter from R.J. Killi[sic]n, HMCS Cornwallis) “The Brown boy from Cranberry is in the next block to me here.”
- Apr/45, p.4 – V-83527, HMCS Strathroy, FMO Halifax, NS “Have enjoyed the News Letters a lot. I am down here where the rum is cheap and the weather hot. Ran into Ray Killen in one of the wet canteens and we mopped up a few quick ones.”
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60 - Brown, S.T. (Stew) - Flying Officer RCAF Overseas
(PH002223)
- Nov/44, p.3 – “And guess you have heard via the grape vine that Pilot Officer “Stew” Brown, after tripping around the Central Mediterranean and United Kingdom, returned last month to marry Eileen Ross, in Powell River.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “Others expecting immediate discharge…(include)…F/O Stewart Brown…recently returned from overseas.”
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61 – Bryan, Henry RCN
(PH002345) (with sister, Betty Bryan)
62 - Bryce, R. (Bob) - 1/C Str. RCNVR
- Apr/43, p.5 – “Recent enlistments around town include…Bob Bryce…”
- Feb/44, p.3 – (in a letter from T.R. Parkin) “…We have a few of the boys around here…Bob Bryce…running into port.”
63 - Buchanan, Harry - Sergeant RCAF Overseas
- Vol.17/1941/No.6-Jun. p.8 – “Well, this sure is a great life…I (Jack Young) haven’t seen any of the boys since my last trip to Toronto, where I met Dawson Pirie, Harry Buchanan, Brick Harper and Norman Burgess.”
- Aug/43, p.1 – “Harry Buchanan, RCAF, is sprouting three hooks.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “Corp. Harry Buchanan…(is) now overseas.”
64 - Bull, W.C. (Bill) - Gunner Canadian Army Overseas
- Jul/43, p.2 – 51st Anti-Tank Bty., 1st A/T Regt. RCA-CASF., Can. Arm. Overs. “I wish to acknowledge receipt of your Monthly News Letters of February and March; it’s a great pleasure reading of the familiar names and happenings. I have just lately returned from Wales after a tedious journey of manoeuvres all the way there. It took us the best part of two weeks to go a little better than 260 miles. We passed through miles of slate mines and it was practically impossible to find a level spot for a gun emplacement. We fought the imaginative enemy all the way to Harlech on the N.W. Coast. It is a very old town and has a castle dating from 1200 A.D. It is the only place England could not capture in the old wars of that time.”
- Jul/44, p.1 – “And our thanks to…Bill Bull for the unusual and unexpected “C.O.O.D. Communique.”
- Apr/45, p.4 – K-25128 3 V.R.D., #1 C.C.O.D., C.A.O. “…Have no doubt that I will be home within the next three months…Have been on the go pretty steadily driving various vehicles to the docks to be rushed across to the other side. If I had been 10 years younger I could have been in the thick of it and had a more active part.”
65 – Burgess, Norman – Flight Sergeant RCAF
- Vol.17/1941/No.6-Jun. p.8 – “Well, this sure is a great life…I (Jack Young) haven’t seen any of the boys since my last trip to Toronto, where I met Dawson Pirie, Harry Buchanan, Brick Harper and Norman Burgess.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.10-Oct. p.15 – “Most of the pictures accompanying these notes are sent along by LAC Norman Burgess and Trooper Bill Holden of the 9
th Armoured Regiment.”
66 - Burke, T.S. (Tommy) - Sergeant RCAF
- Jan/44, p.2 – “Tommy Burke is back at Malton, Ontario, and is now a Sergeant.”
- Apr/44, p.2 - “…Tommy Burke…at an eastern camp (is a) three stripper.”
- Feb/45, p.4 – R-138262 RCAF % 249 Sumach ST. Toronto 2, Ont. “Still making Mosquitoes here and I have certainly picked up a lot on aeroplane construction, engines, etc., but am hoping they will give me a chance to go overseas soon. I see Winnie and Jock Waugh frequently, but Jock has just gone overseas. We have had a real winter, below zero weather most of the time.”
67 – Buse, Irvine A. – Gunner
- Feb/45, p.1 (107) – Latest arrivals in the United Kingdom include…Gnr. Buse, Irvine A. (K-604258) #3 CITR D Coy CAO.
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68 - Butler, Bruce - Private Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002261)
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “The Fifth (Armoured) Division finds Powell River equally well represented. In the smart New Westminster Regiment are a group of well known athletes and citizens. They include Bruce Butler…”
- Apr/45, p.2 – “Recent discharges include Bruce Butler (wounds)…”
- Jul/46, p10 - “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 Westminsters (was) Bruce Butler…”
69 - Button, Arthur (Art) - Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.16/1940/No.9-Sep. p.6 – “From Arthur Button, in training with the Corps Signallers at Seaforth Camp, Vancouver, comes an interesting note. “This army life is great stuff,” enthuses Arthur. “I came down here with the idea there were many things I was not going to like. I am still looking for the first thing to dislike…We have a swell bunch of officers…The Sunday before Labor Day a couple of us decided we wanted to go to Victoria for the day. Victoria is out of our area and neither of us had late passes. After consider e talking we got the orderly to phone the OC and he came down to camp, made out passes for us and sent a dispatch rider down to get the tickets for us.”
- Feb/44, p.2 – (re: marriages) “We are awaiting confirmation on Art Button…”

- Apr/44, p.2 – (re: marriages) “A dull and uninteresting month. Drab, dark and colorless. Not one concrete case of a real tie up reported. The only bright spot was a letter from Art Button outlining in precise detail some of the difficulties that are encountered in the course of true love. But these difficulties have not daunted Arthur! He is in there pitching and it looks as if he will wear ‘em down soon.”
- Jan/45, p.3 – (K-34828 RCCS, Attached 12 CIB Sp. Gp. PLF, CAO, CMF) “Corp. Art Button reports a reunion with Bob Craig in Rome recently. Ran into each other in the Canada Club.”
- Jul/46, p10 - (re: Sicily and Italy) “All specialist branches were liberally sprinkled with lads from the paper town…(including)…Sgt. Art Button, Signals”
70 - Bye, A.O. - LAC (R-168645) 428 Squad., RCAF, Overseas
- Aug/43, p.3 – “As it is six months since I have written, thought I’d drop you a line. Am receiving the News Letters regularly and we think they are a swell idea. “Pop” (the boys call him Morfitt) is here. Neither of us have [sic] received any of the fags you mentioned but they usually take around nine weeks to arrive. Say hello to the boys and thanks for the letters. – Morfitt and Bye.”