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Find-Share-Discuss: March/April 2014

John Harwood of Brighton, Ont., shares a wartime photo taken in Yarmouth, N.S. His father-in-law, Robert Jamieson, is in the photo, but unidentified. Robert went by his middle name Lionel and served in the air force, but there are also navy personnel in the photo. “My wife came upon the photo among her late father’s belongings. John believes Lionel served in a maritime anti-submarine reconnaissance squadron, which was based in Yarmouth during the Second World War... I thought this might be of historical interest to some of your readers. ”

A wartime reunion for three brothers…

Fred Fimio of Barrie, Ont., shares a few photos that bring back memories of a reunion he had with his two brothers.

Fred, Gordon and Phil all served in the Second World War and enjoyed an unexpected reunion in Portsmouth Harbour, England, in 1944.

Two of the brothers, Phil and Gordon, served in the air force—in bombers. Fred, meanwhile, served on His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Mulgrave. “As I came off watch I received a call to report to the Quarter Deck. When I reported, to my surprise, there on the Quarter Deck stood Gord, my older brother and next to him, Phil, my younger brother,” wrote Fred in a story that appeared in a local seniors newspaper in 2005.

Fred at age 18. A wartime photo of Gordon and Philip. HMCS Mulgrave

Above: Fred at age 18; a wartime photo of Gordon and Philip; HMCS Mulgrave

Fred says after initial hellos the three boys enjoyed each other’s company in Glasgow, Scotland, where they swapped stories, shared news from home and socialized with the locals.

We thank Fred for sharing these photos with us, and encourage others to submit photos of wartime experience.


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