Service Men - Raimondo - Riley

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513 - Raimondo, R.G. (Spud) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF Overseas
(PH002145)
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.13 – “The…officer roll roster now includes the name of Pilot Officer “Spud” Raimondo…”
- 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…”Spud” Raimondo (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.8-Aug. p.12 – “Last week, Flying Officer “Spud” Raimondo dropped in for a brief visit, with his prospective bride. Since his last visit, Spud has been around. He has ferried bombers across to Africa and has had some exciting and anxious moments.”
- Mar/44, p.4 – “Spud Raimondo made it (ferrying a plane to Africa) last year, and told us something of its joys and worries.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten Spud Raimondo…?
- Aug/44, p.2 – “Flying Officer “Spud” Raimondo (J-12227) is now overseas and on the lookout for old pals.”
- Nov/44, p.3 – “After four years as a flying instructor and a couple of thousand hours behind me, the powers that be finally decided to give me a squint of what is going on over the other side…don’t be surprised where I turn up next…Received the 900 Company cigarettes, which arrived in three weeks. The News Letter is coming through regularly, and sure helps us keep in touch with the old crowd. Have run across Frankie Mannion, Dint Hunter, Ivan Hansen, Eric Evans, Bernarr Gallicano and Howie Sutton. Howie and I had a real bull session recently over the odd pint of mild. At present am taking an aircrew course – a super commando act, and believe me, I’m in the best shape since my lacrosse days. But boy, this is strenuous stuff after instructing.”
- May/45, p.2 – “Report to hand that Ray Raimondo, flying “Mossies”, has been upped to Flight Lieutenant (nice work, Ray). Picked up a lot of back pay into the bargain—and promptly ran into Bruce Paterson and Bert Grundle just before they left for home…And Ray is also a proud father to boot, which means another track man for us in the near future.”
514 – Ray, - CSM (Company ‘E’ - ?)
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515 - Razzo, George – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.14 – “Paul and George Razzo wind up the service brothers act. Paul is in England with the Canadian Forestry Corps, with brother George serving in the Royal Canadian Engineers.”
- Mar/44, p.2 - “Paul Razzo is out of hospital and back again at the job of depleting Scotland’s timber reserves. Paul runs a caterpillar along with brother George…”
- Jul/44, p.4 – (M-65519) 15
th CFC CA England “…Am doing all right, but sometimes we get a bit fed up in this place. Have changed my address to above so hope you will send the News Letters along. The doodle bugs sure came over last night – and boy, when they hit the water they do make an explosion. Thanks for the cigarettes which are very much appreciated.”
516 - Razzo, Paul – Private Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.14 – “Paul and George Razzo wind up the service brothers act. Paul is in England with the Canadian Forestry Corps, with brother George serving in the Royal Canadian Engineers.”
- Apr/43, p.2 – 29
th Coy CFC Overseas “Received your gift of cigarettes OK and they were very much appreciated. All the Powell River boys in this unit are in good health. We haven’t a very big outfit, but we cut from 20 to 25 thousand a day. This is small stuff to the Powell River crowd, but not bad over here.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…Paul Razzo…?
- Mar/44, p.2 – “Paul Razzo is out of hospital and back again at the job of depleting Scotland’s timber reserves. Paul runs a caterpillar along with brother George…”
- Mar/45, p.3 – (M-61892) #9 Coy CFC “Receive the cigs and the Monthly Letter O.K. Thanks a million. Lately I’ve run into the Mansell boys, Gordon Smith and few others in my travels around Germany…and the beer is overrated!…The Canucks sure showed Jerry a few things about blowing up villages…spent a few days with Ray Dykes. He’s still a Sgt.”
517 - Redhead, Jack(ie) – Sergeant RCAF
SM-Redhead, Jack(ie) – Sergeant RCAFSM-Redhead, Jack(ie) – Sergeant RCAF-2SM-Redhead, Jack(ie) – Sergeant RCAF-3
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- Vol.16/1940/No.10-Oct. p.7 – “Jack Redhead and Walter Patrick are with the Air Force at St. Thomas, Ontario. Jack, after a month of foot slogging and rifle drill will take a four months’ course in aeroplane mechanics before being posted to a squadron or depot.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.11-Nov. p.14 – “At St. Thomas, Ontario, concentration point for ground crew mechanics, repairmen, etc.,are Jack Redhead and “Chuck” Couvelier…Jack finds his training interesting, likes army life, and says “the grub is swell and the quarters top hole” (a lot of “cheerios,” “top holes,” “rightos,” etc., are beginning to creep into the letters from the lads.)”
- Vol.17/1941/No.1-Jan. p.9 – “Many other RCAF lads are also in the stretch…Jack Redhead, at St. Thomas, is well on the way with a special mechanical course…”
- Vol.17/1941/No.6-Jun. p.9 – “Jack and Bob Redhead came home together, both looking smart in their Air Force and Naval outfits. Jack came all the way from the east coast, where he is attached to an RCAF flying station.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.11-Nov. p.6/7 – “…Corporal Jack Redhead…occupies the month’s spotlight…And congratulations to Corporal Jackie Redhead. In the recent examinations back at Scoudouc, New Brunswick, Jack was awarded the gold medal for carrying off top honors in his Air Frame Mechanics Class. Jack is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Redhead. His father works in the plant and his brother Bob, formerly of the Steam Plant, is at sea with the Royal Canadian Navy.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.9 – “One of the best known brother set-ups is Bob and Jack Redhead…Bob, now a first-class Petty Officer, is on regular sea duty off the Pacific Coast-while brother Jack is at a permanent Air Force station on the Atlantic Coast.”
- 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…Jack Redhead (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- Apr/43, p.4 - “We wish to acknowledge and thank…Sergeant Jackie Redhead...for (his) nice letter.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.10 – “Angus Bethune, Jackie Redhead, Ray Ingram and Frankie Mannion have been boosted to full sergeants.”
- Mar/44, p.3 – (R-74507) “Sgt. Jack Redhead is still doing a stout job at #4 Repair Depot, Scoudouc, NB (Think we told you Jackie picked himself up an eastern bride).”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…Jackie Redhead…?
518 - Redhead, R.A. (Bob) – CERA RCNVR
SM-Redhead, R.A. (Bob) – CERA RCNVRSM-Redhead, R.A. (Bob) – CERA RCNVR-2 copy
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- Vol.17/1941/No.6-Jun. p.9 – “Jack and Bob Redhead came home together, both looking smart in their Air Force and Naval outfits.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.11-Nov. p.6/7 – “…Corporal Jack Redhead…occupies the month’s spotlight…And congratulations to Corporal Jackie Redhead. In the recent examinations back at Scoudouc, New Brunswick, Jack was awarded the gold medal for carrying off top honors in his Air Frame Mechanics Class. Jack is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Redhead. His father works in the plant and his brother Bob, formerly of the Steam Plant, is at sea with the Royal Canadian Navy.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.9 – “One of the best known brother set-ups is Bob and Jack Redhead…Bob, now a first-class Petty Officer, is on regular sea duty off the Pacific Coast-while brother Jack is at a permanent Air Force station on the Atlantic Coast.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.3 – “On duty in Pacific waters, guarding the approaches to our western sea-board, are lads like…Bob Redhead…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.6-Jun. p.13 – “Bob Redhead, on the West Coast, has been transferred to the Eastern Coast for duty on the Atlantic.”
- 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…Bob Redhead (is) among the lads who have been with us in recent weeks.”
- 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…Petty Officer Bob Redhead…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
- Apr/43, p.4 – (in a letter from Stan Richardson) “…last week a ship pulled in (Prince Rupert) and I went over to see if I knew anyone. Ran square into…Bob Redhead.
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – “… Bob Redhead (is a) Chief Petty Officer.”
- Aug/43, p.2 - “…Also see a lot of the younger generation scattered around…(including) Bobbie Redhead …”
- Jan/44, p.2 – “Bob Redhead arrived in England in January.”
- Jan/44, p.3 – (V-14734) HMCS Prince Henry GPO London “Thank for the cigarettes. Received them before leaving Canada. Will write more later, and hope we are all in Dwight Hall for next New Year’s Ball.”
- Apr/44, p.2 – “Bob Redhead is nudging up Nob Hill with a Chief ERA in his pocket.”
- Apr/44, p.4 – “…Sorry I missed the Reunion, but from all the reports it was a real “do”. Have covered quite a lot of ground and seen a lot of football matches. Saw England and Scotland play, also Aston Villa, Rangers, Albion Rovers, etc. Also looked at the Oxford-Cambridge boat races.”
- May/44, p.2 – “Bobbie Redhead is a CERA up with the brass or near-brass hats.”
- May/44, p.3 - “And pilot Officer Dawson Pirie, up at Alliford Bay, asks to be remembered to his old friends, particularly…Bob Redhead…”
- Jun/44, p.2 – (re: D-Day) “Bob Redhead (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”
- 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!”
- Feb/45, p.2 – “Latest note from Bob Redhead tells of a trip around the Stadiums of Athens and Pompeii. Said it almost made him feel like putting on track shoes again. Bob has guaranteed to turn son Robert over t the Track Club when he passes his third birthday.”
- Feb/45, p.5 – “…The News Letters are really the thing. Reading mine recently, I saw a letter by Art Auline and found he was in the same area, so we got together fast…Told you about the Cairo trip in my last letter…Received a picture of my wife and son Bobby lately, and intend to start him in spikes soon as I get back…Saw several old Stadiums at Athens and Pompeii. My congratulations to Martin Naylor.”
- Mar/45, p.1 – “Latest advisers put Bob redhead 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…CERA Bob Redhead arrived in Vancouver April 30. Left (his) ship in England—and no word yet on (his) future movements.”
- Apr/45, p.4 – (in a letter from W. [sic] T. Gann) “Another Sgt. in this outfit is Sammy Draginouch of Wildwood. He was an old pal of Bob Redhead.”
- Apr/45, p.5 - “Softball season opens May 6. Arrangements for opening will bring a Navy-Army-Air Force trio into the inaugural ceremonies. CERA Bob Redhead will pitch the opening ball. Lieut. Jack Gebbie will catch it and Squadron Leader Jock Kyles will swing the hickory.”
- 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 Bob Redhead…as (an) official.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.6-Jun. p.8– “Three prominent Powell River service men, recently returned from overseas, headlined the (sports season) opening ceremonies. CPO Bob Redhead, back from Greece and way points, donned the catcher’s mask; Lieut. Jack Gebbie, home after 18 months in Italy, hurled the opening pitch; and Squadron Leader Jock Kyles, returned, following three years with RCAF Control in the United Kingdom, knocked it out of the lot (a not unusual experience for Jock!)”
- 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 – “CERA Bob Redhead…(has) been posted to Esquimalt following (his) return from wandering around European waters with the David [sic]. 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) Chief ERA Bob Redhead.”
519 - Rees, S.S. (Sam) – CPO RCNR
- Vol.16/1940/No.9-Sep. p.4/5 – “Our next note came from the Navy, from Dan Wallace… He says: “We had a real Powell River gathering in Victoria recently, Harry Dunn, Sandy Allen [sic], Sam Rees, Bill Gandy, Charlie (??) , ‘Scotty’ Abbott and myself, so figure it out for yourself.”
- Mar/44, p.3 – “And Chief Petty Officer Sam Rees, who over the years has helped almost every Steam Plant apprentice in his exams, is at Nadon 1, Esquimalt and doing a swell job from all accounts. Sam sends his best to his many old friends in the forces overseas.”
- Apr/44, p.3 – “Sam Rees’ address is CPO Rees, S, HMCS Nadon 1, Esquimalt.”
- Jun/44, p.5 – (in a letter from W.K. Patton) “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.”
- Aug/44, p.2 – “Sam Rees is still doing a swell job over at Nadon 1, and sends his best to all the boys overseas – and only wishes he could join them.”
- Jan/45, p.5 - (in a letter from Beppie Tomado) “See Mr. Rees (Take a bow, Sam)…around (Esquimalt).”
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520 - Rennie, D.W. (Dave) (Cy) – LAC RCAF Overseas
(PH002146)
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.9 – “Another RCAF brother duet is Dave (Cy) and George Rennie, of basketball fame.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – “Dave Rennie and George Ewing are both corporals.”
- Feb/44, p.2 – “LAC Davie Rennie (has) arrived Overseas wit the 111
th Squadron RCAF.”
- Aug/44, p.5 – “Also special thanks to LAC Dave Rennie for the most interesting sample of Jerry propaganda sheet.”
- Sep/44, p.3 - “Martin Naylor, flitting back and forth across the Channel, ran into Dave Rennie at an airfield recently.
- Sep/44, p.3 – “A special kudo to…Dave Rennie for those choice phamphlets.”
- Apr/45, p.3 – (R-118475) “First of all, thanks for the smokes…We are now moving pretty fast around the country. Our present camp site is in an ideal location, right in the middle of a pine forest. We were the first Canadian Wing to operate in Germany and the second Allied Wing to fly in this land of the Master Race…Thanks again for the fags.”
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521 - Rennie, George – Corporal RCAF Overseas
(PH002154)
- Vol.18/1942/No.2-Feb. p.9 – “Another RCAF brother duet is Dave (Cy) and George Rennie, of basketball fame.”
- Apr/43, p.1 - “George Rennie is a full Corporal.”
- Apr/43, p.3 – (in a letter from Walter Patrick) “Haven’t don [sic] much in the way of soccer or basketball, but now that Harold Foster and George Rennie are here, we might get together.”
- Jan/44, p.3 – (in a letter from Charlie Murray) “…George Rennie is now sprouting his third stripe, and we toasted a few on the strength of it.”
522 - Reynolds, A.E.I. (Ellis) – LAC RCAF
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- 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…Ellis Reynolds…”
523 - Richards, Stan – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas
SM-Richards, Stan – Flying Officer RCAF OverseasSM-Richards, Stan – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas-2
(PH002169) (PH002169-2) (Winnifred Cleaver WAAF)
- May/43, p.4 - (in a letter from Charlie Murray) “Have just arrived over here, along with Stan Richards…”
- Jan/44, p.1 – “Stan Richards comes into money with his promotion to WO.”
- Jul/44, p.2 – “…and WO Stanley Richards, who did some useful high jumping in his youthful days, leaped easily over another hurdle. Stan married Miss Winnifred Cleaver at Haywards Heath on April 3
rd. last.”
- Sep/44, p.2 – “And a last minute report that Stanley Richards has emulated Jack Maguire and picked up a well earned and not before time, Pilot Officer’s ring. (A belated, but welcome wedding gift, Stanley.)”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.14 – “Among our more receent overseas bridegrooms is Pilot Officer Stan Richards, RCAF, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Richards of Powell River. Stan was married to Miss Winnifred Cleaver, WAAF, of Haywards Heath, on April 3 last. It was a service wedding. Both bride and groom are serving their country in uniform, Stan in the RCAF and Mrs. Richards in the Women’s Army Corps.”
- Jul/46, p15 – “…swooping against German shipping along the Dutch coast was PO Stan Richards.”
524 - Richardson, Stan – Tel TO RCNVR
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- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.7 – “In the ranks of the bluejackets are scores of former employees, well known throughout the district. There is…such well known lads as Stan Richardson…worthy of the tradition handed down and maintained by the Royal Navy.”
- Apr/43, p.4 – HMCS Bayfield Prince Rupert “I think the News Letter is a swell idea…last week a ship pulled in and I went over to see if I knew anyone. Ran square into Jackie Furness and Bob Redhead. Lately I’ve met quite a few of the boys, including Albie Keith, Tommy Richardson, Art Auline, Ken Taylor, Graham Wright, Bill Johns, George Ewing, Jr., and some others. They are all doing fine. When I read the News Letter, I imagined I was back in the old store, sipping a coke with all the gang again. Give my best to all the boys at home and overseas.”
- May/43, p.4 – (V-36341) “Just received your March News Letter and it is perfect. Wonder if you could do me a great favor and get me a list of the Powell River boys either stationed in barracks or on the east coast or the ships they are on. The only home town boy I have seen so far is Sub. Lieut. Jack Blacklock – but Art Auline, Kenny Taylor, Ray Killen and Eddie Behan come round with me. The beer situation in Halifax is just the same as you describe it out there.”
- 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).”
- Vol.20/1944/No.8-Aug. p.13 – “Above, Tel. Stan Richardson, RCNVR, put his hand in the lion’s mouth. Stan, after a week off the invasion coast on a Canadian corvette, went to London for a well-earned leave, and stopped at Trafalgar Square to have this exclusive photograph taken. Stan was on HMCS
Bayfield and went in with the first rush against the Normandy coast. “Jerry threw everything in the book at us,” Stan declared, “and we threw it back at him. A torpedo just missed us, and it sure gave me a funny feeling to see that fish cross our bows.” The Bayfield went back to England for temporary repairs, so Stan grabbed off this spot of leave. He said his most exciting moment was when the big battle wagons, Rodney, Nelson and Warspite, opened up.”
- Aug/44, p.2 – “Tel. Stan Richardson, HMCS Bayfield, was home for a thirty-day furlough after taking part in the D Day assault. Stan has a lot to say about those Canadian Tribals, Iroquois – Huron – Haida. Says they are the pride of the Royal and Royal Canadian navies.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.9-Sep. p.9 – “In recent weeks, AB Art Auline, HMS
Glasgow, and Tel. Stan Richardson, HMCS Bayfield, have been home on 30-day furloughs. Both lads were with the naval force that appeared off Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944… Stan’s stout little minesweeper swept on ahead of the British and Canadian invading forces.”
- Jan/45, p.5 – HMCS Inch Arran “Received the Powell River letter to all her service men which I requested you send me. I really enjoyed it thoroughly, and I am very proud to come from such a grand town…At present things are running pretty smooth for me. Have been in swimming a few times and the water and weather are pretty warm…The natives here (West Indies) are very friendly, and seem to like Canadian sailors…Oh yes, here’s something for those coke drinkers at home. Rum can be had for $1.75 a quart, and it’s the finest Janaica rum in ht e world. Could I ship you a few cases?…Norm Cattermole is around these parts but so far I’ve not had the luck to run into him.”
- Feb/45, p.2 - “ “Beppie” Tomada [sic]…says to tell Stan Richardson and Art Auline, that the beer back home is all right and the rationing could be worse.”
- Jul/46, p.7 - (re: D-Day invasion) “In the first line was Canada’s HMCS Bayfield, with Powell River represented by Telegrapher Stan Richardson.”
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525 - Richardson, T. (Tommy) – W.O/E RCNVR
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- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.3 – “On duty in Pacific waters, guarding the approaches to our western sea-board, are lads like… Tommy Richardson…”
- Apr/43, p.4 - (in a letter from Stan Richardson) “Lately I’ve met quite a few of the boys including…Tommy Richardson…”
- Mar/45, p.2 – “Did we forget to tell you that Tommy Richardson is now a Warrant Engineer, c/o HMCS Digby, St. John’s Newfoundland?”
526 - Riley, Eddie – PO RCNVR
SM-Riley, Eddie – PO RCNVRSM-Riley, Eddie – PO RCNVR-2
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- 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.)…Eddie Riley…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.1-Jan. p.10 – “To date, word has been received from…Eddie Riley…and others, telling of the warm sunshine and the blue waters of the “Med”…Eddie Riley speaks enthusiastically of the deep blue of the Mediterranean and how he liked swimming in the limpid waters…Eddie also took a whirl around the bazaars in an African port, trying his hand with the Arab bargaineers. The first souvenirs should arrive in Powell River soon, and we will know how Eddie…made out with the natives.”
- Feb/43, p.2 – “Boy, this is some country. Have spent a day around the bazaars and believe me, it was an experience. Things are cheap out here, particularly souvenirs. The Mediterranean is a perfect, beautiful blue and the weather is nice and warm. Have just had a swim in the “Med”. The white terraced buildings are also lovely and some of the old Roman ruins are in a remarkable state of preservation. Received 1,000 cigarettes from the Company just before leaving and they are sure worth their weight in gold out here, where all we get are Egyptian or Turkish flavors.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.14 – “With the first group of corvettes exacting one of the greatest sea convoys in history were several Powell River boys, Stoker PO Scotty Abbott, Leading Seaman Jack Carruthers, Stoker 1/C Eddie Riley and several others.”
- Aug/43, p.1 – “Eddie Riley is taking a special course in England and we hope to see PO in front of his name soon.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.11-Nov. p.10 – “And in the Mediterranean, local lads like Jackie Carruthers, Scotty Abbott, Eddie Riley and many others have fought their Oerlikons and light guns in the face of blazing Stuka attacks.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – (in a list of those who have married) “Have you forgotten…Eddie Riley…?
- Apr/44, p.2 - “Young Harry Riley is following in brother Eddie’s footsteps, with a Leading Stoker rank to his credit.”
- Aug/44, p.2 – “And Edie Riley was rambling down an Irish street recently. Coming from the other direction was another Canadian in navy blue. They almost bumped into each other before PO Eddie Riley shook hands with Ldg. Stoker Harry Riley. First time they had met overseas.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.11-Nov. p.16- “The other pictures, showing something of the shambles of Cherbourg after naval shelling and heavy bombing had passed by, were taken by PO Eddie Riley, now back in Powell River. Eddie states that the concrete emplacements, sheltering the Nazi defences of the port, were blown sky-high by the furious naval bombardment in the early hours of June 6, 1944. The
Warspite, Rodney, Ramillies and other British and US battlewagons were on their targets that historic morning.”
- Jul/46, p.6 - (re: African Landings). “…and twice torpedoes missed (Jack Carruthers’) ship by a few yards. Much of the same experience was shared by Eddie Riley, on the British light cruiser Sandwich.”
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527 - Riley, Harry – Leading Stoker RCNVR
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- Mar/44, p.3 – “And the Cranberry gang can find Harry Riley (V-67550)…by writing to 10 Haymarket St. London.”
- Apr/44, p.2 – “Young Harry Riley is following in brother Eddie’s footsteps, with a Leading Stoker rank to his credit.”
- Apr/44, p.2 - “Seaman Bill Price…says he hopes to enjoy a leave with Harry Riley very soon.”
- Apr/44, p.3 - (in a letter from Doug Ingram) “I am in a nice part of the south coast (of England) and…Harry Riley (is) with me.”
- Apr/44, p.3 – HMCS Niobe “Just a line to let you know the News Letters are coming regularly…have received every one and I sure enjoy them. There are a few other Powell River boys here, Danny Hopkins, Johnnie Elly, Jimmy Maple and Ron Furness. The beer isn’t so hot but the spirits are O.K. This Scotch lingo. When somebody says “I’m just after tea”, how in heck am I to know they’ve just had it. Then someone says, “I live up the
brae” or “There’s a lot of water in the burn”. Well, as they say up here, “Cheerio the noo!”.”
- Jun/44, p.2 - “In the landing craft crews we have…Harry Riley…”
- Jun/44, p.3 – (in a letter from Jimmy Maple) “By the way, Harry Riley is here (HMCS Niobe).”
- Vol.20/1944/No.7-Jul. p.10 – “In the landing craft that grated in broad daylight on French soil…probably included…LS Harry Riley…”
- Aug/44, p.2 - “And Eddie Riley was rambling down an Irish street recently. Coming from the other direction was another Canadian in navy blue. They almost bumped into each other before PO Eddie Riley shook hands with Ldg. Stoker Harry Riley. First time they had met overseas.”
- Feb/45, p.2 - “ “Beppie” Tomada [sic] is back in town after a discharge from the RCNVR…Had a long chat with Harry Riley recently, back home on a long furlough. He reports back to an eastern base shortly.”
- Jul/46, p.7 - (re: D-Day) “Carrying Canadians of the famous Third Division to the beaches (was)…Harry Riley…”