Service Men - Miller - Murray

424 - Miller, Joe – Private VGC
- Aug/43, p.2 – 31st Coy VGC MPO 1103 Victoria BC “Received your last News Letter and think it is one of the finest possible ways to keep in touch with the fellows. Glad to report there are quite a few P.R. lads around these parts. In our own Veterans’ Unit, we have Jack Lee, (ex 29th and Grinder Room), Jimmy Thompson [sic], (former baker, Avenue Lodge), Ian Robertson (Finishing Room) and a chap by the name of Frith who was employed in P.R. around ’31 and ’32. Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around – Dick and Mike Belyk; Billy Milne and Dick Baker; Bobby Redhead, (HMCS Prince Henry) Howie Killin, RCNVR, a young lad by the name of Beatty and one of the Dolan boys from Westview. And in the civilian branch, I see Nan Nello, who is married to PO Woodrow Sooman, RCAF. Gus Doyle and his wife (Annie Alexander) also Kay Edwards and her mother.I wish to be remembered to all the gang overseas in all branches of the Service.”
- Feb/44, p.5 - “Bill Clutterbuck was just in to say “so long”…Will be with Joe Miller so you can picture what’s cooking when these two middle aged hellions go into action.”
- Apr/44, p.5 - “Joe Miller was home on leave last week. Still thinks the Liberals are a cinch for the next election. But Joe isn’t laying any odds on it. Jack Lee and Bob Robinson are guarding Heinie prisoners with Joe – and no escapes from that camp.”
- Dec/44, p.5 - “Received Cigarettes o.k. and please extend my thanks to the Company for same. Also received the Company letter which I think all former employees will appreciate…Here we are back at Medicine Hat, and Jack Lee, Bob Robertston and Frank Nello are still here, attached to headquarters. I couldn’t get to Powell for the New Year’s dance.”
- Jun/45, p.2 - “…Joe Miller and the bunch with the Veterans’ Guard are still doing duty at POW camps. Figure that they will be several months on the job before the Huns go back home again. And now comes word that Joe will be out of the picture in the next few weeks.”
425 - Miller, W.N.F. (Pat) – Private RCAMC CAO
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12/13 – “The Divisional troops, Artillery, Service Corps, Tank Brigade, etc., have Pte. W.N.F. Miller…”
- Jul/44, p.1 - “These are some of the more recent (papers) – as they are also those fascinating Mediterranean papers that…Pat Miller…and scores of other fellows have sent along.”
- Mar/45, p.3 – (K-80524) WNF 13 CDN FDS RCAMC CAO “…Thanks again for the cigarettes and the interesting copies of the News Letter…Have been trying to locate Howard Rowe but see that he is in hospital…We have been handling priority cases direct from the front…We get as many Jerrys as Canadians sometimes…News looks good and it should be over soon.”
- May/45, p.4 – “Many thanks indeed for the 900 cigarettes which arrived a week ago. I appreciate them very much. We are in Holland, and as you know the fighting is finished for the Canadians and the 2
nd British, so we are very thankful. Had a very interesting trip from Ravenna in Italy by Ancona, Ortona, Foggia and Naples. Over to Marseilles and up the Rhone Valley, Lyons, just south of Paris, Cambrai, Ypres. Stayed three weeks in Belgium before crossing the Rhine. V-Day should be here any day now. Thanks again.”
- Jul/46, p10 - “All specialist branches were liberally sprinkled with lads from the paper town…(including)…W.N.F. Miller, RCAMC.”
426 - Milne, W. (Billy) – Private 1st Canadian Fusiliers
- 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…Billy Milne (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- Aug/43, p.2 - “…Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around … (including)…Billy Milne…”
427 - Mitchell, Albert J. – Private RCEME HQ CAAF
- Feb/44, p.5 - “The first pictures of the Beaver Club Reunion have just come in…rather taken with the one of Corp. Zella Stade gazing soulfully into Albert Mitchell’s large brown eyes.”
- Aug/44, p.4 – (K-66457) Adv Base WKSP RCEME British Liberation Army HQ Coy CAO “Have just come in from a softball game which we lost 12-13…There are a few French farmers near here and we purchase fresh milk from them regularly. They did have cider, but that’s pretty well drunk up now. Saw Robbie Johnston, Cliff Walker and one or two others recently. All doing well.”
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428 - Mitchell, Fred – Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002296)
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “At least five Powell River boys crossed the pond with the “Dukes”…(including) Private Fred Mitchell…”
- 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 Trp. Fred Mitchell…”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “In the 28
th Armored Regiment of the 4th Division (is)…Cpl. Fred Mitchell…”
- Apr/45, p.4 – (in a letter from W.T. Gann) “See…Fred Mitchell quite regularly. (He is) in the BCR’s and close at hand.”
429 - Mitchell, M. (Babe) – Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
- Mar/44, p.3 – “Babe Mitchell may be around the same area (5th Army front in Italy).”
- May/44, p.2 – “Glad to announce that Sgt. Babe Mitchell, who was in hospital with mortar wounds in back and legs, is doing well and expects to be back with his unit shortly.”
- Jun/44, p.4 – (K-65761) FSSF 5
th Coy 2nd Regt APO #4994 %PM New York “Have been receiving your monthly News Letters right along, including your most recent editions, and must say they please me no end. The same applies to the cigarettes. Many thanks. Got hit by a couple of pieces of shrapnel from a mortar shell just lately, and am now convalescing in a hospital here in Italy. Well, guess that’s about all for now. Give my regards to the rest of the fellas and here’s hoping I’ll be hearing from you soon again.”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “Glad to report that Sgt. Paratrooper “Babe” Mitchell is back with his unit after a spell in hospital. Babe was wounded by mortar fire, somewhere near Naples, in an earlier engagement.”
- Aug/44, p.2 - “…And down in Southern France, Paratrooper Sgt. “Babe” Mitchell, who probably went in with the first airborne rush, ran across CERA Bob Redhead, somewhere along the coast. Beaucoup Vin was the next order!”
430 - Mitten, Charles (Chuck) – AC2 RCAF
- Dec/44, p.2 - “Quite a number of discharges lately, mostly Air Force, who have been returned to Civvy Street, but are subject to recall in six months. These include…three youngsters who had just started training (including) Chuck Mitten.”
- Jun/45, p.1 - “Other fellows definitely signed up for the Pacific include…Chuck Mitten.”
431 - Mitten, J.R. (Jimmie) – LAC RCAF
- 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…Jimmie Mitten…”
- Feb/44, p.2 – (R-166818) “LAC Jimmie Mitten is at Bella Bella.”
432 - Mitten, Louis - Private
- Jul/43, p.5 - “Louis Mitten (is) with the Active Forces at Vernon.”
433 - Monsell, D. L. (Doug ?) – Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- 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…Doug Monsell (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- 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 Trp. Doug Monsell…”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “In the 28
th Armored Regiment of the 4th Division (is)…Dave (sic) and Bob (sic) Monsell…”
- Mar/45, p.3 – (in a letter from Paul Razzo) “Lately I’ve run into the Mansell [sic] boys.”
- Apr/45, p.3 – (in a letter from George Baxter) “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.”
- Jul/46, p12 - “…and the three Monsell boys were in the fight to close the Falaise Gap.”
434 - Monsell, D.E. (Del) – Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- Nov/44, p.4 – (in a letter from P.E. Monsell) “Right now, three of us are trying to write letters in the back of a truck. Brother Del is writing Mother.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “At least five Powell River boys crossed the pond with the “Dukes”…(including) Private D. Monsell…”
- Mar/45, p.3 - (in a letter from Paul Razzo) “Lately I’ve run into the Mansell [sic] boys.”
- Apr/45, p.3 - (in a letter from George Baxter) “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.”
- Jul/46, p12 - “…and the three Monsell boys were in the fight to close the Falaise Gap.”
435 - Monsell, “Moose”
- Apr/45, p.4 – (in a letter from W.T.Gann) “See “Moose” Monsell…quite regularly. (He is) in the BCR’s and close at hand.
436 - Monsell, P.E. (Perry) – Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- Nov/44, p.4 (92) – A Squad 28th Armored Regt (BCR) CAO “…We still have quite a number of Powell River lads in the regiment. Ken Matheson has been with us right along. Right now, three of us are trying to write letters in the back of a truck. Brother Del is writing Mother, and Ken is trying to write on the same box as me, and shaking it so hard that I missed the paper in some places.”
- 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. Perry and I had a trip back to Caen together, and managed to sample all of the different types of Belgian and French wines, beers and liquers during that trip.”
- Mar/45, p.3 - (in a letter from Paul Razzo) “Lately I’ve run into the Mansell [sic] boys.”
- Apr/45, p.3 - (in a letter from George Baxter) “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.”
- Jul/46, p12 - “…and the three Monsell boys were in the fight to close the Falaise Gap.”
437 - Mooney, J.A. – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Sep/44, p.4 – (in a letter from E. Silvester) “On the troop ship I ran across Pte. Mooney.”
438 - Moore, W.A. (Bill) – Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
- Feb/44, p.3 – (in a letter from C.O. Robson) “Cpl. Bill Moore (is) still with us.
- Mar/44, p.2 - “Bryan Denton is still in the Mediterranean and tells us he keeps in close contact with…Bill Moore…”
- Mar/44, p.5 - (in a letter from J.B. Denton) “I’m still in close contact with…Bill Moore…”
- Jul/46, p10 - “All specialist branches were liberally sprinkled with lads from the paper town…(including)…Sgt. Bill Moore, Engineers.”
439 – Moren, D.P. – Canadian Army
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – (in a list of Powell River men who have received commissions) - “Lieutenant.”
440 - Morfitt W.A. (Bill) (“Pop”) – Corporal RCAF Overseas
- Aug/43, p.3 (25) – (in a letter from A.O. Bye) ““Pop” (the boys call him Morfitt) is here. Say hello to the boys and thanks for the letters. – Morfitt and Bye.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.10-Oct. p.6 – “LAC W.A. Morfitt…(Bill)…who suffered shrapnel wounds during a German raid on Britain, may be discharged later.”
- Dec/44, p.3 (97) - “Corporal Bill Morfitt…(is) among the immediate prospects (who) will probably be discharged or retained in Canada.”
441 - X Morris, Andy - Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- Jul/44, p.1 (65) -
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “In the 28
th Armored Regiment of the 4th Division (is)…Andy Morris…”
- Jul/46, p12 – “For over a month the Canadians battled around the outskirts of Caen…One of the most desperate and bloody struggles in which a Canadian Army has ever been engaged was to be fought on the road to Falaise. It was here that the Dukes, the 28
th Armored Corps, fought and died in a battle that is historic and takes its place among the top battle honors of that famous regiment. Cut off, surrounded, attacked by planes and tanks and by an overwhelming concentration of German power, making a last direct stand, the “Dukes” never yielded an inch of ground. It was here that Andy Morris was killed.”
- Jul/46, p13 - “In the fighting in Europe…seven Powell River men gave their lives…Andy Morris… died in (his) country’s service.”
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442 - X Morris, Johnny – Pilot Officer RCAF Overseas
(PH002335)
- 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…John Morris, machine room…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.3-Mar. p.3 – “The Commonwealth Air Training schools are turning out more and more pilots, observerrs and gunners. Recent graduates include…Pilot Officer Johnny Morris…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.11-Nov. p.9 – “The death in action last month of Pilot Officer Johnny Morris, RCAF, removes from our midst yet another of our popular and well-known employees. Johnny was brought up in Powell River, played a leading role in the athlete life of the community. His brother Andy is in the Canadian Army. Another brother, Alec, is a well-known paper maker. His sister, Mrs. Barney MacDonald, was officially informed of his death by the War Office. To all his relatives, and many close friends in the district and overseas, we, who also knew him well, express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.11-Nov. p.11 – (under “We Will Remember Them”)
“PO Morris, John
RCAF Oct ’42
England, 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) Pilot Officer Johnny Morris, (in) another accidental crash…- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
443 - Morris, Ralph – Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- Apr/45, p.4 – (K-560) #3 CACRU CAO “…Thanks for the cigarettes and News Letters. We liked England, and when we first landed they granted us 7 days’ leave which I spent in Scotland, where the hunting was reported to be good if you know what I mean.”
444 - Morris, Ray
- Jul/43, p.5 - “Ray Morris (is) with the Active Forces at Vernon.”
445 - Morrissey, G. M. (Jerry) – Corporal RCAF Overseas
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…Joe Morrissey…?
- Aug/44, p.1 – “Jerry Morrissey (R-189191) has grabbed his second hook.”
- Nov/44, p.4 – “Thanks for the last cigarettes. They were mailed from the Tobacco Company on October 25
th. And received on November 16. So it seems the new system is speeding up deliveries.”
446 – Morrison, I.B. – Canadian Army
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – (in a list of Powell River men who have received commissions) - “Lieutenant.”
447 - Morrow, Frank
- Nov/44, p.2 - “Some of the younger lads like Frank Morrow… who have just started, will be demobilized and remustered to the Army after a month’s leave.”
448 - Morrow, Fred – AC RCAF
- Dec/44, p.2 - “Quite a number of discharges lately, mostly Air Force, who have been returned to Civvy Street, but are subject to recall in six months. These include…three youngsters who had just started training (including) Fred Morrow.”
449 - Mounsey, Gerry, AC
- Apr/43, p.4 - “We wish to acknowledge and thank…AC Gerry Mounsey...for (his) nice letter.”
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450 - Mowbray, Fred - Telegrapher RCNVR
(PH002131)
- Jul/43, p.2 – “Via the underground route we hear that Fred Mowbray is also skirting the fringes of the matrimonial market in England.
- Apr/44, p.2 – “W/T Fred Mowbray and brother George are back for 28 days after nearly two years at sea. These lads have been around a bit and seen and done things. And Fred in particular is getting around town a bit and doing pretty well for himself. The first day he arrived, seven of our young belles took one look, hitched up their skirts, made one concerted dash and yelled “My God! A man!” You see what we mean – and Fred finds this spring weather very exhilarating.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.5-May. p.14 – “In April, two of our boys, CPO George Mowbray and W/T Fred Mowbray, were home on leave. These brothers have been at sea for the past twenty months on destroyers. They have taken in their stride adventures that most of us have only experienced in our dreams or imaginations. They have ben in at the kill of at least five German subs. Their ship, unassisted, rammed a U-boat in mid-Atlantic. They have beaten off attacks from under the sea and from the skies above. To these lads, it was just “part of the job.”
- Dec/44, p.2 - “And if HMCS 21 comes into port, ask for George and Fred Mowbray (CPO George Mowbray (V-36399) HMCS Assiniboine, % GPO London, and Tel. Fred Mowbray (V-36061, same address).”
- Mar/45, p.6 – “Telegraphist Fred Mowbray dropped in today and just announced his engagement to Helen Gowdyk, which will send a few sighs of relief around the navy.”
- Apr/45, p.2 – “With brother Fred in the matrimonial mart, George Mowbray is still roaming the High Seas.”
- Jul/46, p.6 - “Lads like…Fred Mowbray…kept Powell River colors at the masthead, as convoy after convoy battled its way to the sorely pressed shores of the United Kingdom.”
451 - Mowbray, George – CPO RCNVR
- Apr/44, p.2 – “George Mowbray is Acting Chief P.O.”
- Apr/44, p.2 - “W/T Fred Mowbray and brother George are back for 28 days after nearly two years at sea. These lads have been around a bit and seen and done things.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.5-May. p.14 – “In April, two of our boys, CPO George Mowbray and W/T Fred Mowbray, were home on leave. These brothers have been at sea for the past twenty months on destroyers. They have taken in their stride adventures that most of us have only experienced in our dreams or imaginations. They have ben in at the kill of at least five German subs. Their ship, unassisted, rammed a U-boat in mid-Atlantic. They have beaten off attacks from under the sea and from the skies above. To these lads, it was just “part of the job.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “And if HMCS 21 comes into port, ask for George and Fred Mowbray (CPO George Mowbray (V-36399) HMCS Assiniboine, % GPO London, and Tel. Fred Mowbray (V-36061, same address).”
- Apr/45, p.2 - “With brother Fred in the matrimonial mart, George Mowbray is still roaming the High Seas. Reports a “bang-up night” with Ken Parrish [sic] at Gibraltar not long ago.”
- Jul/46, p.6 - “Lads like…George Mowbray…kept Powell River colors at the masthead, as convoy after convoy battled its way to the sorely pressed shores of the United Kingdom.”
452 - Muir, F. W. (Fred) – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Jan/44, p.1 – “Fred Muir is up to full Corporal.”
453 - X Mullen, J. W. (Jack) – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- 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 Johnnie Mullen…”
- Jan/44, p.4 (32) – (in a letter from Eddie Behan) (K-47997) “Do you ever hear from Jack Mullen. Would like to have his address. (Here you are. Ed. Jack didn’t go to Italy with the first bunch of Westminsters. The address is No 1 CIRU Can Army England.)”
- 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.”
- Mar/44, p.4 - (in a letter from N.E. Clark) “Thanks a lot for Jackie Mullen’s address. I have been wanting to write to (him) for a long time.”
- 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)…Jack Mullen.”
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454 – Mullins, Johnny - Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002286)
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455 - Munro, Jock
(PH002227) (on right ?)
- Jul/43, p.4 – (in a letter from J. Heaton) “Jock Munro is always around, still arguing about soccer.”
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456 - Murray, Charles – Sergeant RCAF Overseas
(PH002191) (on right)
- May/43, p.4 - “Just a line to thank you for the dandy News Letter. Think it is a swell idea and a good way to let the rest of the gang know where the boys are. Not much news at the moment. Have just arrived over here along with Aldo Bortolussi, Eric Johnston, Eric Henderson, Stan Richards, Billy Heyes, Bob Cairns. After arrival here I met Charlie MacIntosh and Frank Mannion (Ed. Note: Frankie seems to be the chief Powell River Greeter overseas, Charlie is doing great work keeping us lined up on the boys whereabouts.) Say hello to all the gang and lots of luck to your News Letter. ”
- Jan/44, p.3 – (R-58125) RCAF Overseas “…George Rennie is now sprouting his third stripe, and we toasted a few on the strength of it. Hear that Curly Woodward has gone active. How is Tommy Prentice making out on the 13 oz. per month. Regards to all the gang.”