Service Men - Palmer - Quinn

475.0 - Palliser, Gordon Robert Henry – RCN Able Seaman
Palliser left Powell River to enlist as an ordinary seaman at HMCS Discovery in Vancouver on May 6, 1944. He trained at Cornwallis in Nova Scotia as a gunner for 18 weeks including torpedo and 9 weeks in specialized gunnery. His duties were anti-aircraft gunnery and repair, maintenance of armament as well as those of seamanship. He served in Canada, the Atlantic, United Kingdom for a total of 25 1/2 months, which included 12 1/2 months at sea and overseas. His ships included the HMCS Chicoutimi, HMCS Montreal, HMCS Excellent, HMCS Niobe and HMCS Warrior. He received the C.V.S.M + clasp medal and the 1945 War medal. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a second loader at O'Brien Logging Company in Stillwater and returned to that industry in Powell River after being discharged as an Acting Able Seaman on July 15,1946.
Information provided to the Museum by Druscilla Palliser-Teed
Added: 2013-Feb-14
475 - Palmer, W. B. (Bill) – LAC RCAF Overseas
- Aug/43, p.2 - I was over here from January to April before I met any P.R. boys, but one night I met…Bill Palmer…”
- Apr/45, p.5 – “And a late flash that LAC Bill Palmer is still with the 415
th Squadron, RCAF, but may be moving eastward soon.”
- Jun/45, p.1 - “Other fellows definitely signed up for the Pacific include…Bill Palmer.”
476 - Parish, W.K. (Ken) – Pilot Officer RCAF Overseas
- Aug/44, p.1 (71) – “Ken Parish, an old playmate of yours, is now overseas with Pilot Officer rank (C-46804).”
- Apr/45, p.2 (120) – “George Mowbray is still roaming the High Seas. Reports a “bang-up night” with Ken Parrish [sic] at Gibraltar not long ago.”
477 - Parker, H.G. (“Hap”) – Corporal RCAF – India Command RAF
- Vol.18/1942/No.4-Apr. p.11 – “…and Hap Parker is on duty somewhere in the Hebrides.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.6-Jun. p.13 – “ “Hap” Parker, formerly stationed in the Hebrides, is on his way to the East, which when you come to think of it is a real change.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.12 – “A telegram from Harold Parker, last reported in the Hebrides, announces that he has landed safely at “Sansorigen,” somewhere in the near, far or middle east.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.10-Oct. p.8 – “Recently a letter arrived from LAC “Hap” Parker, now stationed in India. Hap tells of a trip through the bazaars, and the excitement and fun of bargaining for merchandise with the wily Indian vendors.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.12-Dec. p.4 – “Our thoughts go out to LAC “Hap” Parker…and others who are in the Medditerranean and North Africa and who may have little leisure in which to enjoy the Christmas trimmings we are taking as a matter of course.”
- Feb/43, p.2 – “This is a strange but interesting country here. I just spent a day in one of the famous bazaars in an Indian city. Returned to quarters, completely exhausted, after five hours haggling with Hindoo merchants. This bargaining is a ritual out here, and the ordinary merchant would be horrified if you accepted his first price…Give my best to all the gang and tell them Powell River looks mighty good after this climate.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.3-Mar. p.16 – “From India’s sunny clime, where LAC Hap Parker is now spending his time, we have for our readers’ edification the accompanying snaps. “Hap”,…is now engaged in capping and repairing planes somewhere in the land of the Japs, Sikhs and Gurkhas. He finds, like Kipling, “that sand flies find me a treat,” and that fans and such merchandise are worth more than overcoats out his way. Hap is looking forward to the day he can feel the Pacific breezes and the mild temperature of Powell River again. He finds the bazaars of Bombay and Calcutta interesting, and the sand storms even more so. He is stationed with an RAF crew and finds the women of India very interesting-at a distance. “I’d trade the whole works for a couple of girls I know in Powell River,” Hap generously says. However, Hap and his crew manage to keep active enough. They have servants to look after their wants and manage to grab off an occasional bath-which is about all most of us are able to manage these dys-less the servants. Good sun baths, Hap, and good bargaining.”
- Apr/44, p.4 – (R-101084) 313 MU RAF India “Thanks for the cigs, which arrived yesterday, March 30
th. They were sent in August. Glad to hear about the Reunion even though I wasn’t there. Heard from Danny Hopkins and he dertainly enjoyed it. Hear Jack Maguire is out here and will look for him.”
- May/44, p.2 - “…Jack Maguire…is doing all right and hopes to run across Hap Parker and Billy Heyes.”
- Jul/44, p.3 - “…another two Powell River lads, Sgt. Bill Heyes and Sgt. “Hap” Parker stumbled across each other along the bazaars of Calcutta. Bill was the first Powell River lad Hap had seen in over two years in India.”
- Jul/44, p.3 - “…another two Powell River lads, Sgt. Bill Heyes and Sgt. “Hap” Parker stumbled across each other along the bazaars of Calcutta. Bill was the first Powell River lad Hap had seen in over two years in India…Also hear that, with a bit of luck and a fast outfield, Bruce Paterson and Hap (Parker) may be home on leave shortly.”
- Sep/44, p.3 – “Have been expecting Hap Parker– but (his) furlough (has) been delayed.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “From India, Sgt. “Hap” Parher reports his furlough is due, and he hopes to leave India in October.”
- Dec/44, p.2 - “Sgt. “Hap” Parker…(is) among the immediate prospects (who) will probably be discharged or retained in Canada.”
- Jan/45, p.2 - (re marriages) “In fact, this marriage business has become so contagious that we can’t keep up with it. The only fellows that seem to be safe are the lads in India and the Mediterranean, where the marriage opportunities are not quite so promising. We breathed a sigh of relief when…Hap crawled out of the East intact.”
- Jan/45, p.2 – “Latest reports indicate that Sgt. Hap Parker, from India…(is) on the way back after three years overseas.”
-Vol.21/1945/No.1-Jan. p.11 – “It was certainly great meeting Bill Heyes in Calcutta,” comes from Hap Parker out in India. We talked Powell River for two hours steady.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.2-Feb. p.11– “So, too (on his way back), is Sgt. “Hap” Parker, attached for 28 months to the RAF in India.”
- May/45, p.2 – “…(an) old pal returned a couple of weeks ago, Hap Parker…waiting discharge. Hap, after three years in India, has only to put on a tuban to look like a Rajah.”
- May/45, p.2 – “Hap Parker is in the same boat (being retained indefinitely).”
- Jun/45, p.2 – “LAC Bob Craig is in much the same boat and should be following his pals Bruce Paterson and Hap Parker homeward. (Just heard, Bob, that there is a possibility of those two rascals picking off a discharge soon.)”
- Jul/46, p14 – “…out in India for three years was Sergeant Hap Parker.”
478 - Parkin, J. W. (Jack) – AB RCNVR
- May/43, p.1 – “And Mollie Taylor of the Shipping Department will marry Corporal Jack Parkin on June 15, if not sooner.”
- Jul/43, p.2 – “L/Cpl. Jack Parkin married Molly Taylor around the middle of June and the young couple are now somewhere in the Prairies.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.7-Jul. p.13 – “The second picture…is a brief glimpse of Mollie Taylor, formerly of the Shipping Office, and Cpl. Jack Parkin, of the Department Store, shortly after their marriage on June last. Jack is with the Active Forces in Woodstock, where he and Mollie hope to set up a ?? ???”
- Jan/44, p.2 - “You probably saw most of the new arrivals at the Reunion… (including)…Jack Parkin.”
- Mar/44, p.5 - (Reunion Pictures) “We showed the pictures to four separate audiences, and at every performance we caught Mollie Parkin…coming back for more.”
- Aug/44, p.5 – (in a letter from Ian Martin) “I’d sure like to hear from…Jack Parkin. Just threaten (him) a little. Tell them I’ll write (his wife) and tell all, if a letter isn’t forthcoming.”
- Sep/44, p.5 – (in a letter from E.J.C. Dore) “Ran into Jack Parkin last night and he gave me a parcel of P.R. News and Criers and Digesters, and I certainly enjoyed them.”
479 - Parkin, R.W.K. (Bob) – AB RCNVR
- Feb/44, p.2 – “Bob Parkin may be in your vicinity one of these days.”
- Mar/44, p.2 – (V-44376) HMS Nabob GPO London “Bob Parkin is anxious to hear from his old pals. Wants a guide to show him around Glasgwo (contact Art Mawn, Bob. He has a wide acquaintance in the Gorbals and around the Gallowgate.”
- Mar/44, p.5 - (Reunion Pictures) “We showed the pictures to four separate audiences, and at every performance we caught Mollie Parkin…coming back for more.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.6-Jun. p.3 – (photo caption) “One more brother and sister combination now in the Active Service Forces. Bob Parkin, serving Overseas with the RCNVR, photographed with sister Betty (Mrs. J. Bryan) in the RCAF (WD).”
- Jun/44, p.2 - (re: Normandy invasion) “Quite a number of the lads (including)…Bob Parkin…were probably kicking around somewhere in the vicinity
- Sep/44, p.3 - “Have been expecting Hap Parker, Bruce Paterson and Bob Parkin – but their furloughs have been delayed. Bruce Paterson and Martin Naylor are both due for forlough, and it is hopes these three old pals may soon enjoy a reunion in Powell River.””
- Oct/44, p.3 – “Another…salty tar to turn up suddenly (was) A/B Bob Parkin…Bob’s carrier is in an English port for “overhaul” so he just packed off to see the family in the interim – and as a side issue to get himself engaged to Irene Pickles.”
- Dec/44, p.3 – “Bob Parkin who (was) on the “Nabob” in her last sortie against the Norwegian Coast, (is) in Halifax. Bob’s address is Box “Z” DG Range McNab Island FMO Halifax NS.”
- Jul/46, p.7 - “Bob Parkin…was on the Nabob and narrowly escaped disaster when (the) ship was almost sunk by a concentrated attack from German dive bomber – an attack which wrote finis to the high seas activity of Canada’s first Nabob.”
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480 - Parkin, T.R. – Cook RCNVR
(PH002136)
- Feb/44, p.3 – (V-47667) HMCS Avalon RCN Bakery c/o FMO Newfoundland “Thanks a million for the cigs. They were sure welcome…we have a few of the boys here. Ron Furness, Bob Bryce, John Bichard and several others running into port. Bob Dunn and I get together every time he is in port.”
- Mar/44, p.4 – (in a letter from N.E. Clark) “Next time I get to Newfoundland I’ll look up Reg Parkin.”
- Sep/44, p.3 - “Have been expecting Bob Parkin–but (his) furlough (has) been delayed.”
- Sep/44, p.4 - (in a letter from R.J. Killin) “I met Reg Parkin up in Newfie.”
481 - Parrott, Fred - Leading Seaman
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.2/3 – “Working out of eastern ports, guarding convoys, hunting submarines or sweeping up mines, are lads who were born here, or who spent most of their lives in our midst…(including.)…Fred Parrott…”
- 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…Fred Parrot (sic)…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
- Apr/43, p.5 – “Leading Seaman Fred Parrott is back in Powell River. He was discharged from the service after injuries received aboard a torpedoed destroyer. He is recovering nicely, however…”
482 - Parry, John – Lance Corporal New Zealand ASC – Middle East Forces
- May/44, p.2 – “From somewhere in the Middle East comes word that an old Powell Riverite, John Parry, has picked up his Lance Corporal’s stripe. If any of John’s old friends feel like dropping him a line, you will catch him at (#515701) #2 Amn Coy NZASC #2 NZEF Middle East Forces.”
483 - Parsons, C.S. (Chuck) – Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
- Aug/44, p.4 – (K-69062) #1 CSRU CAO “…Thanks for the News Letters, which certainly keep us in touch with our old pals and the Home Town news. Last year I found a Bombshell near Niagara Falls – and this year I find a different variety in London. Am working here as an MT fitter.”
- Dec/44, p.3 – “ “Chuck” Parsons, wounded around the Schelde, is still in hospital in France – “D” Coy 17 Pln Royal Winnipeg Rifles CAO “In Hospital”.”
- Feb/45, p.2 – “Very glad to report that “Chuck “ Parsons has recovered from wounds suffered on the Schelde and is back with his holding unit.”
- Mar/45, p.2 - Glad to report that “Chuck “ Parsons is back with his old unit after spending mos of the winter in hospital with shrapnel wounds.”
- Mar/45, p.4 – “…Well, here I am back with my old gang again. It’s been a long time since I was wounded last October. Guess I was lucky putting in the winter in hospital…Met Steve Gorbatuk several times in Belgium and he is the only P.R. fellow I’ve met on the continent.”
- May/45, p.4 – “Hello, Powell River, and many thanks for the cigs and Letter received, this time in Germany. Been doing quite some liberating from the Rhine to the Zuider Zee. Now it’s conquering we’re doing for a change. Those ampjibious operations over the flooded fields are pretty tough going. Hunting has been not too bad, tho—added a few more notches myself. A Cpl. is usually the lead man of the lead section in this game. First there first in on the money and watches. I’ll have a good steak to cash in on if I ever get leave to Blighty. That’s about all for now. Good luck to all.”
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484 – Parsons, Lyonel – LAC RCAF
(PH002189)
485 - Paterson, R.B. (Bruce) - Sergeant RCAF Overseas
- Vol.17/1941/No.4-Apr. p.11/16 – “Latest member of the office staff to receive his call is Bruce Patterson [sic], well-known lacrosse, basketball and soccer star. Bruce will join the rapidly expanding group in the Empire Training Plan.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.10-Oct. p.15 – “Other local boys who have gone overseas in recent weeks include…LAC Bruce Patterson [sic] of the radio brand…”
- Vol.17/1941/No.11-Nov. p.6 – “Within the past month, those inseperable pals of the business machine staff, Bruce Patterson [sic] and Harry Cooper, blond Frank Foyston of Kelly Spruce, and Howie Sutton of the machine room, have reported “all present and correct” from the Old Land.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.4-Apr. p.10 – “Bruce Patterson [sic] is at an Air Force camp in the south of England…Bruce tells us there are several well laid out athletic fields, gymnasiums and recreaction huts. Incidentally, Bruce goes on to say the grub is quite good, surprisingly good, and “while there are no luxuries around we are getting by fairly well.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.5 – “… Bruce Patterson (sic) travelled from Ireland.” (for the 1942 London reunion)
- Vol.18/1942/No.11-Nov. p.9 – “From England we hear that LAC Bruce Patterson (sic) has been promoted to corporal.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.1-Jan. p.10 – “Bruce Patterson (sic) and other Air Force lads are somewhere in the Middle East preparing for the final push against the Hun in Africa.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.2-Feb. p.6 – “Leading Aircraftsman Bert Grundle, well-known Powell River sportsman and lad about town, stepped off a transport somewhere in North Africa…he was wishing, “Gee, if some of the old gang were around, we could do this place right.” Anyway, Bert stepped ashore-and ran straight, or nearly straight, into the arms of Cpl. Bruce Patterson (sic)…it’s the first time the lads have met in several years-and in Africa of all places.”
- Feb/43, p.3 – “Bruce Paterson is now a corporal and transferred to a middle east post office.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.3-Mar. p.5 – “And in closing, an extract from a letter received from Corporal Bruce Patterson (sic), somewhere in North Africa: “It’s quite a spot out here. The women do all the work. Every morning an old boy passes alomg the road, puffing away at a cigarette, hands in the folds of his dress, and behind him, six women loaded to the scuppers with everything from stove wood to victuals on their backs.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.14/15 – “Ashore (in Algeria) with the first of the ground crew were Cpl. Bruce Patterson (sic) and LAC Bob Craig. Bruce was at an advanced aerodrome beyond Bone, was strafed on the beach by Hun and Italian planes, saw our destroyers and light craft in action-and helped keep our own planes in the skies.”
- Vol.19/1944/No.2-Feb. p.13 – “Among Air Force personnel serving in the (Mediterranean) (is) Sgt. Bruce Paterson…”
- Apr/44, p.3 - (R-101054 AMES 6109 RAF CMF “…Still in “sunny” Italy. Have managed to get a line on a few BC regiments and hope to run across the boys soon. Thanks a lot for the cigs and the most welcome News Letters.”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “Also hear that, with a bit of luck and a fast outfield, Bruce Paterson and Hap (Parker) may be home on leave shortly.”
- Sep/44, p.3 - “Have been expecting Hap Parker, Bruce Paterson and Bob Parkin – but their furloughs have been delayed.”
- 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.”
- Sep/44, p.4 – “Please convey my thanks to the Compnay for the 600 Cigs…Yesterday I received word that I am now an uncle. Gerry will be mighty proud of himself. It will be a good excuse for a celebration…Am due for repatriation sometime in October, but the scheme is a bit behind schedule.”
- Dec/44, p.2 - “Sgt. Bruce Paterson…(is) among the immediate prospects (who) will probably be discharged or retained in Canada.”
- Jan/45, p.2 - (re marriages) “In fact, this marriage business has become so contagious that we can’t keep up with it. The only fellows that seem to be safe are the lads in India and the Mediterranean, where the marriage opportunities are not quite so promising. We breathed a sigh of relief when Bruce…crawled out of the East intact.”
- Jan/45, p.2 - “Latest reports indicate…that Sgt. Bruce Paterson, from Mediterranean stations…(is) on the way back after three years overseas.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.2-Feb. p.11– “Sgt. Bruce Paterson, after two years in the Mediterranean and North Africa, is on his way.”
- Feb/45, p.1 – “Sgt. Bruce Paterson finally made it…due in Vancouver this weekend. Bert Carruthers is meeting (him) in Vancouver…Bruce has arrived in Powell River (March 14) looking hale and fit. Will probably be posted to a BC station.”
- 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.”
- Mar/45, p.3 – (in a letter from John Willis) “…ran into Bruce Paterson before he left for Canada.”
- May/45, p.2 – Bruce Paterson is still at Sea Island…being a Radar man (he is) being retained indefinitely.”
- May/45, p.2 - “…Ray Raimondo…ran into…Bert Grundle just before he left for home.”
- Jun/45, p.2 - “LAC Bob Craig is in much the same boat and should be following his pals Bruce Paterson and Hap Parker homeward. (Just heard, Bob, that there is a possibility of those two rascals picking off a discharge soon.)”
- Vol.21/1945/No.10-Oct. p.9- “Unique among our Powell River service men is the experience of Sgt. Bruce Paterson, who spent eight months of his three years overseas with Marshal Tito’s guerilla forces in Jugoslavia. Bruce, as a radar expert, participated in the original North African landings, later spent a lonely period on the Island of Lampadusa in tte Sicilian Channel. He was among a selected group who were secretly attached to Marshal Tito’s headquarters for eight months in 1944. In Sgt. Paterson’s opinion Marshal Tito’s Partizans represent minority groups, but being the only armed guerilla force in the country, they were all-powerful. The Partizans, according to Bruce, afforded British and Americans a very chilly reception.”
- Jul/46, p15 – “…on a specialized secret mission with Marshall Tito’s partisan forces was Sgt. Bruce Paterson.”
486 – Patrick, Sid – Motor Boat Division
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Vol.15/1939/No.10-Oct. p.8 – “Sid Patrick, one of the best known of our younger fraternity, is awaiting a call for the special motor boat division. Sid passed the necessary trade and physical tests and has an eye on one of those fifty-five knotters being turned out by the British Government…Sid is a popular member of the younger group and has a wide circle of friends throughout the district.”
487 - Patrick, W.J. (Walter) – Corporal RCAF Overseas
- Vol.16/1940/No.10-Oct. p.7 – “Jack Redhead and Walter Patrick are with the Air Force at St. Thomas, Ontario.”
- Apr/43, p.3 – 414 Squadron “Thanks again for the cigarettes. They sure are good after some of the English brands we have samples. Haven’t done much in the way of soccer or basketball over here, but now that Harold Foster and George Rennie are here, we might get together.”
- Jun/44, p.4 – (in a letter from R.V. Leese) “Ran into…Walter Patrick about a year ago.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – “…expecting immediate discharge (is) Corp. Walter Patrick recently returned from overseas.”
488 - Patton, W.K. – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Jun/44, p.5 – (K-40716) NW Polytechnic Prince of Wales Rd London NW5 “Received three News Letters the other day, also 600 cigarettes, and may I thank you a million times. They certainly came at the right time, as I had started to buy English cigarettes and I am not the least bit fussy about them… I don’t see anything in the News Letters of Sam Rees and the boys on his shift. As you know, Sam was my shift boss and I would like to know where he is as someone told me he is in the Navy…At present I am in London on a fitter gunner’s course for 16 weeks and am certainly having a wonderful time. There is plenty to see of interest around here, and lots of fun if you have the money…Cheerio for now and best of luck to all the boys.”
- Feb/45, p.4 – (K-40716) A Coy Westminster Regt CA CMF “…Thanks for the 900 Cigs. And I want to say a thousand thanks, because Canadian cigarettes are like gold over here…I have run into Sgt. Bortolussi and Joe De Wynter, who are in this regiment. Plenty of cold weather and lots of snow.”
- 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)…William Patton.”
489 - Peck, Eric – Sergeant RCAF
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.3 – (photo caption) – “Three Powell River boys in training at an eastern Air Force camp…(including)…Eric Peck pose for a special shot.”
- Jan/45, p.2 – “Sgt. Eric Peck and Barbara Manwood made it a onesome on February 16…”
490 - Peebles, W.E. – A/Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
- Mar/44, p.1 – “and W.E. Peebles gets his first leg up with a lance corporal hook.”
- Mar/44, p.3 – (K-57555) 2 Bn #1 CBRD HQ Coy CMF “Thanks for the cigarettes you have sent me and have just received word that another 1600 are on the way. Have seen Naples and Pompeii and a lot more. Met a fellow by the name of Hank who came from P.R. the same time as some of us in 1940. Would like to know what Sgt. Don Lee, Sgt. Joe Graham and Hugh Cairney are doing now.”
- May/44, p.2 – “A/Corp. Peebles (is) among recent arrivals in Italy.”
491 - Pelly. Jack – Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.16/1940/No.9-Sep. p.6 – “Jock Campbell…is with the Canadian Scottish in Victoria, along with a large crowd of Powell River boys, including Jimmy Jacobs, Rusty Taylor, Joe Hugh Carney, Joe Tash, Hock [sic] Pelley, George and Bill Crockett, Colin McLauchlan and many others.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “Twenty-two Powell River representatives are numbered in the ranks of the First Canadian Battalion, Canadian Scottish, Third Division. They include such stalwarts as Lance-Corp. Jack Pelly…”
- Apr/43, p.1 – “Corporal Jack Pelly, Canadian Scottish overseas, has taken an English bride.”
- Apr/44, p.2 – “Jack Pelly, still with the Scottish, also dines regularly in the Sergeants’ Mess.”
- Jun/44, p.2 - “And there is all the old crowd still with the First Canadian Scottish (including)…Jack Pelly…who have probably raise CAEN by this time.”
- Jul/44, p.2 - “Jack Pelly…(was) wounded on the opening day of the assault (D-Day) and (is) in hospital in England.”
- Oct/44, p.5 – (in a letter from Claude Borden) “Saw Jack Pelly in the Convalescent Depot and he is looking fine.”
- Jul/46, p11 - (re: D-Day) “Hitting the beaches in that first unstoppable assault with the Scottish…(was)…Jack Pelly.”
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492 - Perry, Camille – Private Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002290)
- 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. Camille Perry…”
- Jan/44, p.3 – (in a letter from Martin Naylor) “Saw Camille Perry in Edinburgh.”
- Feb/44, p.5 – (re: Reunion pictures) “We thought we detected Camille Perry in the mob on the steps, but will have to wait for the actual pictures.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “In the 28
th Armored Regiment of the 4th Division (is)…Camille Perry…”
- Jul/46, p12 - “…and Camille Perry (was) in the fight to close the Falaise Gap.”
493 – Peterson, F.D. (Fred) – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “Twenty-two Powell River representatives are numbered in the ranks of the First Canadian Battalion, Canadian Scottish, Third Division. They include such stalwarts as Private Fred Peterson…”
494 - Phillips, D.N. – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Dec/44, p.1 – “Special acknowledgement to Private D.N. Phillips for the absorbing copy of Bings ‘This Army’. “
495 - Phipps, Bernard – Corporal RCAF
- Feb/44, p.1 – “And Bernard Phipps, who has returned from Overseas to take up air crew training, is up to Corporal.”
496 - Pickles, H.W. (Harry) – Leading Stoker RCNR
- Jan/44, p.4 – (in a letter from Eddie Behan) “…Have seen a few of the Powell River lads around here (including) Harry Pickles…”
- Jan/45, p.5 - (in a letter from Beppie Tomado) “See…Harry Pickles…around (Esquimalt).”
497 - X Pidcock, T.C.L. (Trevor) – Flight Officer RCAF Overseas
- Jul/44, p.1 – “Trevor Pidcock (has) been boosted to Flying Officer.”
- 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) Trevor Pidcock…- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
498 - Piper, Gordon – Gunner Canadian Army Overseas
- Aug/44, p.5 – (K-46794) 91st Battery 6th Field Regiment “News Letters and 600 Cigs. Just received, for which thanks a million. Haven’t seen any P.R. boys for some time, but we do manage to scrounge a drop of cider and cognac, so the liquid end of things is not too bad.”
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499 - Pirie, Dawson – Flying Officer RCAF
(PH002190)
- Vol.17/1941/No.1-Jan. p.9 – “Dawson Pirie, former Finishing Room employee and track coach, writes from RCAF headquarters in Toronto. Dawson is attached to the “supply department” and likes his duties. He is a frquent visitor at the Maple Leaf Gardens, and asks us to tell millwright Neil Munn the Leafs are definitely good this year.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.3-Mar. p.10 – “Another visitor during the month was Dawson Pirie, former Finishing Room employee. Dawson is now a corporal in the 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.”
- May/43, p.5 – (R-58394) #1 E Depot Toronto “the Powell River Company cigarettes and the News Letter have all arrived safely and they have been appreciated more than I can say. Saw Bill Brown (Sgt. Bill Brown) and Hank Cramb at Trenton recently. Hockey has been our main bill of fare here and have never seen better hockey than the Memorial Cup Games here. These kids simply skate their head off.”
- Jan/44, p.3 - “And pilot Officer Dawson Pirie, up at Alliford Bay, asks to be remembered to his old friends, particularly Martin Naylor, Geno Bertolussi, Bob Redhead and all the lacrosse kids.”
- Apr/44, p.6 - “At present it looks as if Box Lacrosse may be revived again. ..Very few of the old crowd left – and we could use Norm Hill and Daws Pirie as whistle tooters. These kids need a strong hand – and both these lads had it.”
- May/44, p.3 – “And Pilot Officer Dawson Pirie, up at Alliford Bay, asks to be remembered to his old friends, particularly Martin Naylor, Geno Bortolussi, Bob Redhead and all the lacrosse kids.”
- Jun/44, p.1 – “Dawson Pirie, who from reports, has been doing a swell administrative job up Alliford Bay way, now sports the impressive ring of the newly fledged Flying Officer.”
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500 - Pitt-Cross, F.R. (Fred) – Sergeant RCAF
(PH002188)
- Jun/44, p.3 – “…and Sgt. Fred Pitt-Cross, after a long spell with the RCAF Service Police, has been transferred to Patricia Bay.”
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501 – Plaskett, Jim – Sub-Lieutenant RCNVR
(PH002134)
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.13 – “From our navy intelligence comes word that…Jim Plaskett, of the production office, has enlisted in the navy as a writer. In a recent examination Jim topped hi class with a 93 percent average.”
- 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…Jim Plaskett of the production office…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
502 - Poole, CC.P.R. (Cecil) – Drum (Pipe Band BHQ) CA BWEF
SM-Poole, CC.P.R. (Cecil) – Drum (Pipe Band BHQ) CA BWEFSM-Poole, CC.P.R. (Cecil) – Drum (Pipe Band BHQ) CA BWEF-2
(PH002339) (PH002339-2) [Pooles, Vic (on left) and Cecil (on right]
- Jul/44, p.2 - “Here are some of the Army lads thus far identified in Normandy…(including)…Cecil Poole…”
- Feb/45, p.3 – (in a letter from Norman Thomson) “Met…Cecil in a pub in Belgium one nite.”
- Mar/45, p.2 - “And the best from Howard Gribble to the old “Scottish” gang, and especially Cece Poole.”
- Jun/45, p.4 – (in a letter from T.R. Lambert) “Quite a few P.R. boys here, including the Poole boys…”
- Jul/46, p11 - (re: D-Day) “Hitting the beaches in that first unstoppable assault with the Scottish were…the two Pooles, Cecil and Victor...”
503 - Poole, Victor - Sergeant (Pipe Band BHQ) CA BWEF
SM-Poole, Victor - Sergeant (Pipe Band BHQ) CA BWEFSM-Poole, Victor - Sergeant (Pipe Band BHQ) CA BWEF-2
(PH002339) (PH002339-2) [Pooles, Vic (on left) and Cecil (on right]
- May/43, p.2 – “Vic Poole, with the 2nd Battalion Canadian Scottish, is now a Sergeant.”
- Jul/44, p.2 - “Vic Poole…(was) wounded on the opening day of the assault (D-Day) and (is) in hospital in England.”
- Sep/44, p.1 – (K-45750) “Vic Poole is back in France again. You can locate him at #2 CBRG BWEF.”
- Feb/45, p.3 – (in a letter from Norman Thomson) “Met Vic Poole on an LSI in the Channel on his second trip to France.”
- Jun/45, p.4 - (in a letter from T.R. Lambert) “Quite a few P.R. boys here, including the Poole boys…”
- Jul/46, p11 - (re: D-Day) “Hitting the beaches in that first unstoppable assault with the Scottish were…the two Pooles, Cecil and Victor...”

504 - Powell, C.H. Courtenay – Telegrapher RCNVR
- Oct/44, p.3 - “Some recent arrivals overseas include…Courtenay Powell Jr. (V-71516) RCNVR HMCS Avalon St. John’s Newfoundland.”
- Nov/44, p.2 – “Somewhere in Newfie you will locate Courtenay Powell, Jr. HMCS Avalon FMO St. John’s Newfoundland.”
- Jan/45, p.4 – HMCS Arnprior FMO St. John’s Newfoundland “Many thanks for the Cigs. And the monthly News Letter…Met Allan Roberts and Gordie MacNeil in Newfie last trip, and Allan and I had a few together in the local pubs. Hope to look up some of the boys at the Beaver Club soon”
505 - Powell, Thomas (Tommy) – Flight Sergeant RCAF Overseas
- Mar/44, p.2 – “Tommy Powell is now a Sergeant with the RCAF stationed at Three Rivers, Que.”
- Jul/44, p.3 – “Tommy Powell (is) Overseas.”
- Mar/45, p.1 – “Tommy Powell has picked up his Flight Sergeant’s hooks and crown.”
506 – Prentice, Archie
- Vol.17/1941/No.10-Oct. p.15 – “In the middle of the month a report was received that Archie Prentice, former electrician, who left Powell River for New Zealnd a few years ago, is missing, as a result of operations in or around Crete. Archie is a vetern of the last war, and has a wide circle of friends in the district who will read this with deep anxiety.”
507 - Preston, Eddie
- Feb/44, p.4 – (in a letter from Rollie Oxbury) “The only Powell River boy I have met here (Terrace) is Eddie Preston, who used to work at the Wildwood Meat Market.”
508 - Price, Max – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.17/1941/No.2-Feb. p.3 – “The Seaforths, who will be to the fore if any invasion of Britain is attempted, include…Max Price of Wildwood…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.8 – “Overseas, too, are Max and Bill Price, the former with the 1
st Seaforths, First Canadian Division, and Bill with the RCASC, attached to Third Division.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “The Vancouver Seaforths, who haave been in the thick of the fray since Sicily, included Pte. Max Price…”
- 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,…Max Price (is) doing fine,…(was) wounded in Italy, around Ortona.”
- Apr/45, p.4 – (in a letter from W.T. Gann) “Another Sgt. in this outfit is Sammy Draginouch of Wildwood. He was an old pal of Bob Redhead and the Price boys will remember him.”
- May/45, p.2 – “Max Price, in civvies, called around last week. Looks swell—but still bothered a bit with an injury suffered in Italy.”
- 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 Seaforths...(was)…Max Price…”
509 - Price, W.R. (Bill) – A/B RCNVR
- Jan/44, p.2 - “…Bill Price…(is)…in the Navy, Training at St. Hyacinthe.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.13 – “Our Central Mediterranean casualties to date include the following:
Hospital (Sickness or Accident)-Dr. Bill Price, broken ankle.”
- Apr/44, p.2 – “Seaman Bill Price, dapper and slick in navy blue, dropped in for a moment on his way to parts unknown. Says he hopes to enjoy a leave with Harry Riley and Beppie Tomado very soon.”
- Sep/44, p.4 – (in a letter from E. Silvester) “My first week over here I met Bill Price.”
- Apr/45, p.4 - (in a letter from W.T. Gann) “Another Sgt. in this outfit is Sammy Draginouch of Wildwood. He was an old pal of Bob Redhead and the Price boys will remember him.”
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510 - Price, William - Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002270)
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.8 – “Overseas, too, are Max and Bill Price, the former with the 1st Seaforths, First Canadian Division, and Bill with the RCASC, attached to Third Division.”
- Jul/43, p.4 - (in a letter from J. Heaton) “Bill Price and Fred Harding are the only ones I see often.”
- Oct/44, p.4 – (in a letter from Bill Crockett) “Have seen and Bill Price…look(s) fine.”
- Apr/45, p.4 - (in a letter from W.T. Gann) “Another Sgt. in this outfit is Sammy Draginouch of Wildwood. He was an old pal of Bob Redhead and the Price boys will remember him.”
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511 - Quinn, J.A. (Bert) – Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002185) (on left)
- Mar/44, p.2 – “And a belated announcement of Bert Quinn’s marriage in Calgary last spring is in order; and brother Eddie (now full corporal) will jump off the bridge in a few months. And so they go.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “Above (photo) is Pte. Bert Quinn with his bride, the former Miss Karney of Calgary. Bert was married on July 15
th last to join the increasing swarm of Powell River lads who have jumped into double harness since the outbreak of war. And via the grapevine we learn that Bert’s brother, Cpl. Eddie Quinn, will shortly follow Bert to the altar, probably next May.”
- May/44, p.2 - “And as predicted in our February edition, Corp. Eddie Quinn has followed brother Bert’s lead. He was married last month, and is stationed at Prince Rupert.”
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512 - Quinn, E.E. (Eddie) – Private Canadian Army Overseas
(PH002185) (on right)
- 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…Eddie Quinn…”
- Mar/44, p.2 - “And a belated announcement of Bert Quinn’s marriage in Calgary last spring is in order; and brother Eddie (now full corporal) will jump off the bridge in a few months. And so they go.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.4-Apr. p.12 – “Above (photo) is Pte. Bert Quinn with his bride, the former Miss Karney of Calgary. Bert was married on July 15
th last to join the increasing swarm of Powell River lads who have jumped into double harness since the outbreak of war. And via the grapevine we learn that Bert’s brother, Cpl. Eddie Quinn, will shortly follow Bert to the altar, probably next May.”
- May/44, p.2 – “And as predicted in our February edition, Corp. Eddie Quinn has followed brother Bert’s lead. He was married last month, and is stationed at Prince Rupert.”
- Dec/44, p.2 – (K-779) #1 COMERU CAO “Reporting that Eddie Quinn has arrived overseas, so give him the old one-two, if you are in that area.”
- Jan/45, p.4 – “…Arrived over here early in December and have found England most interesting. Haven’t had much luck in running across the P.R. crowd yet, but am hoping. John McCracken is in this camp, and I met Fred Davies at New Year. He is stationed close by. Regards to P.R.”