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Find-Share-Discuss: November/December 2014

Wounded In Battle Nora Groenendyk shares a couple of First World War photos of her father, Daniel Joseph Doyle, who was seriously wounded by shrapnel while serving with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. The first photo shows the young soldier (front row, second from left) posing with other men—many of them recovering from wounds—in front of a hospital in France, 1918. The second one is a portrait of the young man in uniform. Daniel Doyle was stringing communications wire between trenches when he was hit. “While on horseback he was carrying a spinning spool of wire across the battlefield when he was knocked from his horse by a large piece of exploding shrapnel from an artillery shell,” explains Nora. “The shrapnel entered his leg, and doctors could only remove a portion of it ...
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Find-Share-Discuss: September/October 2014

  Life After Dieppe Don Honeychurch of Calgary shares a photo that appears on his father’s wartime photo album. Don suspects the photo was taken in Holland. Wilfred Honeychurch (second row, 5th from left) started out as a bandsman with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. “He ended up going to Dieppe in August 1942 as a stretcher bearer,” explains Don. “Luckily he landed at Pourville where the survival rate seemed a little higher! After Dieppe they wanted to send my dad to lieutenant training, but he thought he would rather be a live bandsman than a dead lieutenant, so he transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineers Band.” We thank Don Honeychurch for sharing this photo and encourage others with wartime or peacetime photos to do the same. Please mail them to Find-Share-Discuss ...
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Find-Share-Discuss: July/August 2014

On Guard In Jamaica Mary Bingham of Alexandria, Ont., shares photos taken by her late father Lloyd Henry McHugh who joined the Brockville Rifles and served during the Second World War. His unit arrived in Jamaica in the summer of 1944, and according to the official history of the Brockville Rifles, the unit’s purpose there was fourfold: 1) To be ready for operational duty 2) to assist in training local forces 3) to provide the perimeter guard for the internment camp 4) to provide aid to the civil power. These photos were taken while he was a guard at an internment camp in Jamaica. A German prisoner strolls around the inside perimeter of the internment camp. Lloyd Henry McHugh (standing, right) and some other lads pose for a photo at the camp. While not on guard dut...
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Extra End Decides Curling Championship

It was an epic battle–and an epically good time–this year at the 58th Dominion Command Curling Championship, hosted March 15-19 by Dauphin Branch in Manitoba. Deciding the winner took the entire bonspiel and then some, coming down to the last rocks of an extra end, when the crown was captured by the British Columbia/Yukon team of Dave Belway, Barry Meyer, Darin Gerow and Wayne Shepherd from Salmon Arm Branch. They defeated the hometown Dauphin Branch team of Ray Baker, Dwight Bottrell, Jim Todoruk, Greg Thompson and Bob Alm. With only six provincial teams present, the event took on a shortened format this year, starting on Sunday and ending Tuesday. It all began on Sunday afternoon after a short opening ceremony. At the ceremony, Manitoba/ Northwestern Ontario Command Past Pre...
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Find-Share-Discuss: May/June 2014

True Wartime Service: A Family Story Russell, John, Wilfred, Lawrence, Eric and Harold. What do these lads have in common? Well, let’s start with their last name—True. All six boys—the sons of Henry and Bertha True of Ottawa—served Canada in time of war. One of them—Wilfred—made the ultimate sacrifice during the Normandy Campaign in the Second World War. In all, Henry and Bertha had 16 children; 11 sons and five daughters. Two of their sons died within the first year of birth. In addition to the six who served, the Trues had three other boys who were deemed medically unfit for military service. First to join the military was Russell, in early 1941. When he left home, he was 22 years old and his young wife was pregnant. Russell’s service with the Royal Canadian Engi...
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Choose Your Favorite Normandy Cover

- It is a tie!    Just in time for Father’s Day, Legion Magazine will be releasing our fifth SIP which marks the 70th anniversary of Canada’s major contribution during the Normandy Campaign. We asked you to choose one of three covers and after analyzing the votes and assigning one vote to each unique voter it appears we have a tie. So, we have narrowed the contest down to your two favourites and over the next five days we will tally up the final votes and pick a winner. You get to choose the next award-winning cover for Legion Magazine’s Special Interest Publication. We will announce the winner on Monday, March 31, 2014. It is up to you.   The winner will be on newsstands on May 26, 2014. Click on a cover to vote!                 -
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