Service Men - Naylor - Ozavitsky

457 - Naylor, M.A. (Martin) – Flying Officer 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 Martin Naylor, already in the east…All are scheduled for the Air Force, which brings Powell River’s contingent in that vital sphere close to 60 members.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.8-Aug. p.6 – “Of special interest is a recent letter from Martin Naylor, popular track and field star. Martin is now stationed at the Sea Island School, and states he has just finished a flight in the “Spirit of Powell River”, the trainer plane donated to the government by Powell River residents last year. “I had my fingers crossed when I climbed into that plane,” Martin said. “I couldn’t let the Powel River gang down-and she landed slick as a whistle.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.11-Nov. p.6 – “Martin Naylor and Pete Vanichuk are now Sergeant-Pilot and Sergeant-Gunner respectively.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.6-Jun. p.13 – “Martin Naylor is flying with regular RCAF fighters in Britain.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.8-Aug. p.8/9 – “Scarcely had this welcome news (of Tommy Gardiner’s internment in Italy) been received when another Powell River boy crashed the headlines. Sergeant Pilot Martin Naylor, in a “Beaufighter”, had been shot down off the English coast, but Martin and his gunner, with five seconds to escape from the plane before it sank, dived overboard, and were picked up within minutes and rushed to hospital. Twenty-four hours later, Martin led his squdron to a victory in an RCAF track meet. Forty-eight hours later, he was in London to meet the Powell River boys at trhe Beaver Club reunion.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.8-Aug. p.9 – “…Corporal Gino Bortolussi of Powell River, British Columbia, led the 5
th 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.5 – (for the 1942 London reunion) “Sergt.-Pilot Martin Naylor arrived late in the afternoon,
apologizing because he had spent the night in hospital after being shot down over the Channel the day before.
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “Martin Naylor, who has one channel crash to his credit, flies the famous two-seater Beaufighter.”
- 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.”
- Aug/43, p.2 – “Martin Naylor hasn’t done much writing lately.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.8-Aug. p.12 – “…local lads are riding the skies over Germany every night…Martin Naylor…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.”
- Jan/44, p.1 – “The elusive Martin Naylor is now an officer and a gentleman. It is P/O Naylor, M.A. (J-19141) RCAF Overseas
- Jan/44, p.2 - “And Doug Campbell…had a real hilarious reunion with his old pals, Martin Naylor and Flt. Sgt. Frankie Mannion.”
- Jan/44, p.3 – RCAF England “Guess you realize now I’m not so hot on letter –writing, and I’m getting worse all the time. I’m back with a Canuck squadron again. I’ve missed some Digesters and News Letters. Saw Camille Perry in Edinburgh – terrible country, Scotland. Expect to be at the Reunion on the 23
rd.”
- Feb/44, p.4 – (in a letter from A.L. Rorke) “Martin Naylor and I met in Edinburgh.”
- Feb/44, p.5 - (re: Reunion) “Liked the group (photo) with Bat MacIntyre, Walt Vandervoort, Lionel Rorke, Martin Naylor, Roy Lund, Gene Messmer, all in dignified relaxation.”
- Mar/44, p.4 – (in a letter from D.R. Hopkins) “…managed to get down for the reunion and it was great to run across the old boys again. And I might say some of them are doing all right for themselves. (ed: note – Give us the low-down on Martin Naylor’s love life next time you write.).”
- Mar/44, p.5 – (re: Reunion) “And you should have listened to the girls under twenty five and over twenty discussing that moustache of Martin Naylor’s.”
- Apr/44, p.2 - “Flying Officer Don Clark [sic] rushed up for the day and asks us to tell Martin Naylor and Frank Mannion to hold everything.”
- May/44, p.3 - “And pilot Officer Dawson Pirie, up at Alliford Bay, asks to be remembered to his old friends, particularly…Martin Naylor…”
- May/44, p.5 - “Brenda Cooper, daughter of our superintendent Russ Cooper, is a first class prospect in the women’s high jump. She is clearing 4’6” without much coaching, and this is good going (Have told her to hang on for another year and she can have Martin Naylor, Norm Hill and Stan Richardson to coach her).”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “Martin Naylor is about due (to be home on leave).”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “…and we hear Don (Clark) and Martin caught up with each other quick. “Boy, does that guy Naylor know London” Don writes ecstatically.”
- Sep/44, p.3 - “Martin Naylor, flitting back and forth across the Channel, ran into Dave Rennie at an airfield recently. He also found his old track mate Mush Limon (remember him in that big track meet back in ’35?) at the same spot (an airfield).”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “Bruce Paterson and Martin Naylor are both due for forlough, and it is hopes these three (including “Hap” Parker) old pals may soon enjoy a reunion in Powell River.”
- Nov/44, p.2 – “And from FO Martin Naylor a flash that he married Miss Sandra Cadman on October 23. Martin picked himself a bride from the WAAF’s and we are looking forward to seeing her soon.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “Flying Officer Martin Naylor…(is) among the immediate prospects (who) will probably be discharged or retained in Canada.”
- Jan/45, p.2 – “Flying Officers Harry Cooper and Martin Naylor arrived in Powell River together around the middle of January. Both are expecting discharges within the next few weeks, and will return to Powell River. Both look fine and can still do some traveling when occasion warrants – as it did.”
- Feb/45, p.2 - “We expect…Martin Naylor back in the plant any day…(he is) awaiting discharge.”
- Feb/45, p.5 – (in a letter from R.A. Redhead) “My congratulations to Martin Naylor.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.2-Feb. p.10– “In January, three more…returned (including)…Flying Officer Martin Naylor, who flew Beaufighters and Spitfires for over two years over France, Belgium and Holland-and who, like Bill Bell, returns with a bit of Old England in the presence of Mrs. Martin Naylor.”
- 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.”
- Mar/45, p.1 – “Martin Naylor (is) now officially discharged…Caught a glimpse of Martin’s bride and he can still pick the winners.”
- 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.2 - “And speaking about British brides. Must say that thus far our lads have done some slick picking. All the girls seem to like Powell River and are settling down fine. (Jack Grundle and Martin Naylor and families out shopping is quite a sight.)”
- May/45, p.6 – “Martin Naylor…(is) back in the office and settling down to the old grind. Martin and his bride are living in the 1000 block, Ocean View (Joe Sweeney’s old house) and Martin in the back yard is something worth seeing.”
- 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. Will have lots of help then with Martin…as (an) official.”
- Jun/45, p.5 - “A pretty fair summer all round. Willingdon Beach well crowded in June and July. Nice a lot of the “old” soldiers like…Martin Naylor…hanging around the old swimming hole regularly.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.8-Aug. p.11- “Sgt. Borden, like Sgt. Bortolussi, received his early training and tutelage from Flying Officer Martin Naylor…”
- Jul/46, p15 – “On D Day, June 6, 1944, Martin Naylor was in that great air armada that protected the landing.”
458 - Nello, Frank, Sr. –
- Vol.17/1941/No.12-Dec. p.7 – “Another father and son line-up is that of Frank Nello, formerly of the Mill Stores division, serving with the Veterans’ Guard-and leading Aircraftsman Frank Nello, Jr., completing an air-training course in Regina.”
- Apr/43, p.4 - “We wish to acknowledge and thank…Corp. Frank Nello [‘Sr.’ or ‘Jr’ –not clear]...for (his) nice letter.”
- Dec/44, p.5 - (in a letter from J.A. Miller) “Here we are back at Medicine Hat, and …Frank Nello (is) still here, attached to headquarters.”
459 - X Nello, Frank, Jr. – Sergeant RCAF – Middle East RAF
- 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…Frank Nello Jr. All are scheduled for the Air Force, which brings Powell River’s contingent in that vital sphere close to 60 members.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.12-Dec. p.7 – “Another father and son line-up is that of Frank Nello, formerly of the Mill Stores division, serving with the Veterans’ Guard-and leading Aircraftsman Frank Nello, Jr., completing an air-training course in Regina.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “Powell River was well represented in the latest contingent [to reach Britain]. Among the Air Force group (was) Sergeant Frank Nello Jr…”
- 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) Frankie Nello…- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
460 - Nelson, K.R. – Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- Jul/46, p.10 - “All specialist branches were liberally sprinkled with lads from the paper town…(including)…K.R. Nelson, Elgin Regiment.”
461 - Nicholson, J.H. – Rifleman Canadian Army Overseas
- Oct/44, p.3 - “Some recent arrivals overseas include…Trooper J. Nicholson (K-51867) now in hospital in England.”
- May/45, p.2 – “Joe Nicholson is home.”
462 – Niven, Albert – Royal Canadian Air Force
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Vol.15/1939/No.9-Sept. p.5 – “Albert Niven is ready for active service with the Royal Canadian Air Force.”
463 - Norden, R. (Ray) – LAC RCAF Overseas
- Jun/45, p.1 - “Other fellows definitely signed up for the Pacific include…Ray Norden”
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464 - Nutchey, Tom – Corporal RCAF Overseas
(PH002201)
- 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…Tommy Nutchy (sic) (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- Apr/43, p.3 – (in a letter from Frank O’Neil) “Both Tom Nutchy (sic) and I received the cigarettes OK although mine were weeks after Tom’s.”
- Mar/44, p.1 – “Tommy Nutchy (sic) has picked up two stripes.”
-Vol.21/1945/No.1-Jan. p.11 – “Frank O’Neil is getting around,” wrote Tom Nutchey. “And, boy, are we rounding up the old gang to speed ‘Scoop’ on his way.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.11-Nov. p.14- “The wedding of Cpl. Tom Nutchey, RCAF, and Edith M. Taylor RCAF (WD), on October 5 in Powell River, united…two school-day sweethearts. Tom and “Edie” haave been “walking out” together since they first studied the three R’s in school…An interesting spin of fortune’s wheel saw Corporal Frank O’Neil filling the role of best man-a role which Tom filled for Frank when he was married overseas last year…”
465 - Nuttal, D. (Dave) – Signalman Canadian Army Overseas
- 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…Dave Nuttal…”
- Apr/44, p.3 – (K-45194) 1st Can L of C Signals CAO “Just a few words of “thank you” to you for the very welcome cigs and the much looked for News Letters…If you have a chance, please drop Bert Gallagher’s address in a News Letter. Hi Bert, have you ever caught up with any of those Scotty lassies Roy Carmichael used to boost about? Just in case this finds the print…”
466 - O’Byrne, E.W. – Gunner Canadian Army Overseas
- Sep/44, p.1 – (K-65318) “Pte. E.W. O’Bryne is with the 41st Cdn Gn Trspt Coy RCASC in Italy.”
- Jul/46, p10 - “All specialist branches were liberally sprinkled with lads from the paper town…(including)…E.W. O’Bryne, RCASC.”
467 - Oldale, T. (Tommy) - CQMS Canadian Army
SM-Oldale, T. (Tommy) - CQMS Canadian ArmySM-Oldale, T. (Tommy) - CQMS Canadian Army-2
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- 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…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.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 Tommy Oldale…”
- Apr/43, p.1 – “Tommy Oldale, Westminster, (is) now a Sergeant.”
- 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…Tommy Oldale…”
- Jan/44, p.2 - “So too (is) (in the Central Mediterranean)…CSM Tommy Oldale…”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “In the Westminster Regiment (M) now in Italy (is) CSM Tommy Oldale…Tommy Oldale, by the way, has been promoted to Company Sergeant-Major of B Company…”
- Mar/44, p.1 – “Think we mentioned that Tommy Oldale was boosted to CQMS. Tommy was recently wounded and is now in hospital somewhere in the “Med”.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “CQMS Tommy Oldale and Max Price have both been wounded in recent engagements.”
- May/44, p.2 – “And from reports…Tommy Oldale (is) doing fine…(was) wounded in Italy, around Ortona.”
- Nov/44, p.4 – (in a letter from Jimmie Hall) “Tommy Oldale is home by now, no doubt, and will give you first hand information.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “CQMS Tommy Oldale, boosting for the boys in Italy…looked well, and there is no immediate prospect of returning overseas…Tommy is sampling the bright lights of New Westminster and Vancouver.”
- Jan/45, p.2 – “Tommy Oldale is still around Westminster, and probably will remain in these parts indefinitely.”
- Mar/45, p.2 – “From Tommy Oldale, the best to the gang in the Westminsters and “how’s the French liquid?” says Tommy.”
- Mar/45, p.4 – (K047981) 312 Tenth St. New Westminster “…I am still in the Army and stationed at Little Mountain, but manage to get home every night. Nothing concrete about my discharge and it looks as if I may be retained in Canada as instructor. Doesn’t appeal at all. Meantime say hello to the boys in the Westminsters and tell them the beer isn’t bad here and I don’t miss cognac.”
- May/45, p.2 - “Quite a number of fellows who have returned in recent months are now back on Civvie Street. These include…CQMS Tommy Oldale…”
- Jun/45, p.1 - “About 15 have been discharged in the past month. These include…Tommy Oldale (back in the mill)…”
- 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)…CQMS Tommy Oldale.”
468 - Oliver, Frank - Flight Sergeant RCAF
- May/43, p.2 – “Frank Oliver is Flight Sergeant stationed at Bella Bella.”
469 - O’Neil, Frank - LAC RCAF 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…Frank O’Neil (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.3-Mar. p.5 – “Recently, Frank O’Neil…paid a visit to Nottingham, famed as a favorite Canadian port of call (seven girls to every male in the district).”
- Apr/43, p.3 – Attached RAF Overseas “Both Tom Nutchy and I received the cigarettes OK although mine were weeks after Tom’s. Also received the Powell River News which the Company is so kindly sending. The English have me baffled as to what goes into their cigarettes. They have one particular brand called Park Avenue, which recalls Hyde Park, and when you think of Hyde Park, you think of Rotten Row. On our first puff I started coughing, sucked in the cigarette and swallowed it. Never more will I go up Second Street giving out loud Indian war whoops. The log book of our squadron reads like a Cook’s Tour of Germany, Italy and France – but I still don’t see how a country like England can be so waterlogged and still float. Harry Freeman and I are holding a reunion here this week. Harry was with Bill Bell before Bill left for the Middle East.”
- Mar/44, p.5 - (re: the Reunion Pictures) “We showed them on Sunday, March 5
th and over 1100 people came out…Frank O’Neil’s mother (was there).”
- May/44, p.5 – (in a letter from J.F. Maguire) “Before leaving Blighty, had a few days in London and was taken in tow by that accomplished city slicker, Frank O’Neil.”
- Jul/44, p.2 – “And here’s one for the dopesters. LAC Frank “Scoop” O’Neil has got himself engaged and will be bringing back a bit of Old England with him.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “And here’s BIG NEWS. “SCOOP” has been SCOOPED. On January 1, 1945, that once gay buck about town, that inquiring reporter, LAC Frank O’Neil, stood timidly at the altar to await the arrival of his bride, L/Cpl. Julie J. Milner, ATS, of West Acton, England. When the news reached Powell River, a bunch of the lads gathered outside the Bank of Commerce and sang “Goodbye Boys”.”
-Vol.21/1945/No.1-Jan. p.11 – “Frank O’Neil is getting around,” wrote Tom Nutchey. “And, boy, are we rounding up the old gang to speed ‘Scoop’ on his way.”
- Jun/45, p.1 – “Frank O’Neil was in last week and says to tell all the gang that the beer is not too bad.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.11-Nov. p.14- “The wedding of Cpl. Tom Nutchey, RCAF, and Edith M. Taylor RCAF (WD), on October 5 in Powell River, united…two school-day sweethearts. Tom and “Edie” haave been “walking out” together since they first studied the three R’s in school…An interesting spin of fortune’s wheel saw Corporal Frank O’Neil filling the role of best man-a role which Tom filled for Frank when he was married overseas last year…”
470 - Owen, W. (Wilf) – Sergeant RCE
- Nov/44, p.2 – “And your old pal, Sgt. Wilf Owen, after four years of repeated attempts to get overseas, has been discharged. Wilf intends to continue his engineering studies under the Government Rehabilitation Plan.”
- Dec/44, p.2 - “Discharged too (is)…Wilfred Owen, taking special Vocational Training for his engineering certificate…”
471 - Oxbury, Rolly – Corporal RCAMC
- Feb/44, p.4 – “Thanks for sending me the News Letter. I am in charge of our unit’s Wet and Dry canteen. There are over 50% total abstainers, so the rest of us are doing all right. The only Powell River boy I have met here is Eddie Preston, who used to work at the Wildwood Meat Market. Had hoped to get overseas, but unfortunately was born a few years too soon.”
- Apr/44, p.3 – “Rolly Oxbury, after a valiant try to get overseas, was finally discharged and is back at the old baker stand again.”
472 - Oxbury, W.A. (Bill) - Private
- Feb/45, p.1 - “…the following have arrived overseas…Pte. Bill Oxbury (K3513)”
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473 – Oyer, Leo – Canadian Army Overseas
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474 - Ozavitsky, Joe – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “At least five Powell River boys crossed the pond with the “Dukes”…(including) Private J. Ozavitsky…”
- 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. Joe Ozavitsky…”
- Nov/44, p.2 – “Glad to tell you that Joe Ozavitsky, reported Missing the latter part of August, has turned up as Prisoner of War in Germany.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “In the 28
th Armored Regiment of the 4th Division (is)…Joe Ozavitsky…”
- May/45, p.1 - “Good news about our prisoners of war. The whole shebang have turned up and are in England, in Canada or on their way…Joe Osavitsky [sic]…(is) out of the woods and safe.”
- 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 Armoured 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…Joe Ozavitsky (was) taken prisoner.”