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Find-Share-Discuss: November/December 2015

James H. Robertson of Victoria sent us photos of his grandfather, George Henry Cecil Robertson, who served in France with the 6th Field Company, 2nd Divisional Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, from 1915 to 1918. This photo was made at Salisbury Plain in central southern England in 1915. This portrait of George Robertson was taken in Vancouver after his return to Canada in 1918. Floodwaters inundated Salisbury Plain in January 1915, seen in a postcard mailed by George Robertson to his future wife, Susie Lynch of Annapolis Royal, N.S., in February 1915. George Robertson is seen reading a newspaper (third from left) while others take down a tent on Salisbury Plain before shipping out to France in September 1915. His division served in France and Flanders until...
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Find-Share-Discuss: September/October 2015

  James E. Russell of Scarborough, Ont., sent us this photo of his maternal grandfather, Clifford Kemsley, on his return from the First World War to his family home in Toronto’s west end, possibly in 1917. Included in the photo are (from left) Clifford’s wife Jessie, sons Roy and Raymond, and seated on his knee, daughter J. Edna (James’s mother). Clifford re-enlisted in the Second World War, but was relegated to an assignment in Canada. Roy served with the Royal Canadian Air Force.   We thank James E. Russell for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service. To submit a photograph (no photocopies), please mail to Find-Share-Discuss, c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata ON K2L 0A1 or by e-mail (large file JPEG) ...
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Find-Share-Discuss: July/August 2015

John (Jack) Weakford Smith was killed in action in the Battle of Normandy   We thank Laraine Maltby Smith for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service. To submit a photograph (no photocopies), please mail to Find-Share-Discuss, c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata ON K2L 0A1 or by e-mail (large file JPEG) to magazine@legion.ca. Note: photo prints will not be returned. Please include your daytime phone number and address along with a description of the photo, its date, the location and the identity of the people (first names and last) and where they are in the photo. Have questions? Call 613-591-0116.
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Find-Share-Discuss: May/June 2015

A personal look at the Liberation of the Netherlands Ann Meunier of St. Albert, Alta., sends a number of photos that her late father Albert Thomas Collins kept in a small box following his return from the Second World War. Collins was in the 3rd Canadian Army Infantry and participated in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. Among the photos were scenes from the Liberation parade in Apeldoorn in 1945. Another photo simply shows two Dutch women surveying the damaged streets after the Germans departed. Closer to home, are photos from the Poesse family where Albert Collins stayed near Vorden, in the eastern part of Netherlands. One photo shows young Lies Poesse wearing a coat make from blankets that Collins had given her. Another shows Lies (left) and her sister Riek wearing sweaters...
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Find-Share-Discuss: March/April 2015

The Crew of Torchy Tess Mark Wilson of Ottawa sends us a photo of his father, Stanley Wilson (second, from left), as a member of the air crew that flew the Halifax bomber Torchy Tess. The crew flew 28 missions starting in January 1945 as part of 415 (Swordfish) Squadron, stationed in East Moor, England. Wilson, who was the navigator, kept his log book. “It is very operational but you can read how they ran out of fuel on one mission and had to make an emergency landing in Belgium,” said Mark Wilson. His father returned to Ottawa after the war and had a career selling televisions and appliances. We thank Mark Wilson for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service to do the same. To submit a high quality photograph (no photocopies), ...
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Find-Share-Discuss: January/February 2015

100-Year-Old Uniform Fernand Levesque and his daughter, Lise, share photos of Fernand’s father, Edward, and mother, Hermosa, and the uniform Edward wore in the First World War. Edward served in the 42nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. “The photo of my grandparents,” explains Lise, “was taken in April 1919 after my grandfather came back from the war.” We thank Fernand Levesque and his daughter, Lise, for sharing this photo and encourage others with wartime or peacetime photos to do the same. Please mail them to Find-Share-Discuss c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata, ON, Canada, K2L 0A1 (photos will not be returned) or by email (large file JPEG) to magazine@legion.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and mailing address along with a description of the phot...
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