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Month: October 2012

Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Oct. 2, 1915 Camp Sewell

This is the earliest of the letters in the collection. It finds Clifford Bowes arriving at Camp Sewell, east of Brandon, Man., for basic training. The camp would change its name to Camp Hughes in honour of Major-General Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defence. Ada is the wife of Cliff’s older brother, Elliott. My Dearest Mother, Your most beautiful letter received today noon and was sure glad to hear from you although it put me most painfully in mind of our last parting. I will remember your words and always do my duty even though hard at times. Well, we arrived here safe and sound, got yanked up before the captain for outstaying my pass and drew a two-day Confined to Barracks for it. Well Mother, Almar Dorn is here, now also Edgar Wilson, Preacher Wilson’s son that...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of October 29 – November 4

10/29/1899 The first contingent of volunteers troops departs Quebec for the “splendid little war” in South Africa. 10/29/1942 Canadian merchant ship Bic Island is torpedoed and sunk by U-624 in the North Atlantic. All of her crew is lost as well as the survivors she had picked up from the ships Sourabaya and Gurney E Newlin. Bic Island had been an Italian ship before she was captured by the RCN trawler Bras d’Or on June 10, 1940. 10/30/1918 The west coast patrol vessel HMCS Galiano is wrecked in bad weather and lost with all hands while transiting Barkley Sound. 10/30/1971 Canada’s 437 Squadron flies Red Cross emergency aid to Pakistan. 10/31/1975 419 Squadron is established at CFB Cold Lake as a training squadron. 10/31/1984 The prime minister of India, Indira G...
Health File

Health File

Research Yields Results There’s been good news on the research front lately for people with age-related health conditions. A new treatment now being tested opens the option of angioplasty, rather than bypass surgery, for some heart patients. In angioplasty, a guide wire is threaded through a blood vessel narrowed by deposits of plaque, a stent is inserted to reopen the artery and restore blood flow. However, patients with completely blocked arteries couldn’t have the procedure because the guide wire was unable to penetrate the blockage. About 20 per cent of patients who have angiograms have these impenetrable blockages, called chronic total occlusions. In a clinical trial funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, 20 patients wit...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Introduction

by Tom MacGregor “This is the saddest letter I will ever have to write,” so begins a letter by 25-year-old Clifford Bowes written near Vimy Ridge in the weeks preceding the big battle when Canadian troops would so distinguish themselves. In that letter he has to tell his mother, Margaret Bowes of Boissevain, Man., that one of her sons, his brother James, has died and another, Fred, lies wounded in a military hospital. The First World War touched every small town and every family in Canada but the Bowes family had more than its share of suffering. Before 1917 finished all three of the Bowes brothers who enlisted in the Great War would perish. Throughout their service Margaret Bowes’ boys wrote home faithfully and she in turn sent letters and parcels. The letters were collected and kept to...

New memorial in Britain for Iroquois Squadron

A commemoration and unveiling of a new memorial to those who served during the Second World War in the RCAF's 431 (Iroquois) Squadron is being held Oct. 28 near Selby, North Yorkshire. In 1942 a bomber base was built near the village of Burn, from which the Iroquois Squadron few more than 300 sorties, during which 17 Wellington bombers and 85 crew members were lost. At one time, the population on the airfield was 10 times that of the village.  Now there are about 400 villagers, and the airfield is used by a gliding club. The commemoration will feature a march past by Royal Air Force cadets and unveiling and dedication of a memorial stone on the village green, next to the memorial for the Royal Air Force 578 Squadron, which flew out of the airfield from 1944.  The village pub is hosting ...

B&Bs for veterans

  For the second year in a row, dozens of  bed and breakfast establishments across the country are offering free accommodations on Remembrance Day to veterans and serving members of the military. B&Bs for Vets, patterned after the program started in the U.S. in 2008, was developed as a way to thank military members and veterans for their service to the country.  The website lists participating B&Bs.    

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