William Sparks donated several World War II maps to the 8th Hussars Museum in 2012.
William Sparks donated several World War II maps to the 8th Hussars Museum in 2012.
Sgt William Howard originally from Scotland born April 7th 1903, settled in London Ontario with his wife Cherry and 2 children worked at Labatts Brewery as a brewer. Howards experience with the Saint John Ambulance let him to join the Royal Canadian Medical Corps in 1941. In the spring of 1942 Howard traveled to Camp Sussex as a trainer. During Howards stay in Sussex he rented a room for his wife Cheery over Sharps Drug Store for 6 weeks. Sgt Howard shipped out for Aldershot England looking after the wounded during world war 2 . In 1945 Howard returned to Canada and Civilian Life. Sgt William Howard died September 2nd 1966.
William Henry Street was born April 11, 1793. After completing his education, he engaged in the mercantile business in Saint John. He was twice mayor of Saint John (1835-1836 and 1848-1849) and served in the militia. In the General Election of 1842, he ran for Saint John City and, after protest, was awarded the seat. He sat until the dissolution of the House in 1846 when he retired from politics. W.H. Street was married twice: in 1824 to Mary Bruce, and in 1847 to Sarah Boyd Orr. He died in Saint John on April 4, 1875.
Mr. Wyton was born on 16 March 1907 in Warwickshire, England. He arrived in Canada in May 1920 as a Home Child and took up residence with John and Ethel MacBean in Taymouth. The British Child Emigration Movement occurred between 1869 and the 1930s when over a 100,000 children were sent to Canada from the British Isles. Called Home Boys and Home Girls, they were sent by churches and philanthropic organizations who wanted to give orphaned, abandoned and impoverished children a better life in rural Canada. They arrived on ships and were sent to a ‘Home’ and then to farms where they were used for farm labour and domestic help.
In the 1921 census, the MacBean household in Taymouth included John (84 years) Barbara (82 years), John H. (48 years), Ethel (32 years) and William Wyton (14 years). The MacBeans were descendant of Loyalist Angus MacBean who served with the 42nd Regiment and settled on the Nashwaak. John H. and Ethel did not have any children and Mr. Wyton eventually inherited their farm.
Mr. Wyton married Nellie Moran on 14 May 1930 and they would have five daughters and two sons. Nellie was the daughter of Ernest Moran and Hazel Gallagher. Mr. Moran was a Home Child who arrived in Canada in the 1890’s.
William Wyton died on 5 April 1999 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
William Clyde Taylor was born 22 June 1905, in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He attended the Presbyterian Church. Taylor enlisted with the army 1 October 1946. His service number was SF-34838.
William Cabot probably lived most of his life at or near Dalhousie, Restigouche, County, New Brunswick. He married Adelina Mercier in Restigouche County on 6 October 1909. They had at least 3 children: Joseph Gullaume Benôit (b. 1910), Marie Lea Germaine (b. 1911), and Joseph Francis Charles (b. 1918). Warrant Officer Class I Joseph F. C. Cabot served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force, R.C.A.F. Squadron, during World War II. He died on 11 October 1943. His funeral mass was said in Dumfries Cathedral by Father O'Sullivan, and he was buried in St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dumfries, with his comrades. The date of William Cabot's death is unknown.
William Brodie was born in Fredericton about 1864, his parents were Scottish. In 1891 he was living in St Andrews living at Lucy Sprague’s boarding house and was a teacher and the principal of Charlotte County Grammar School. In 1899 he resigns from the Charlotte County Grammar School which was very unpopular with the parents of the students. He never married
His full name was William Alexander Reginald Hay. He was given the nickname Ray during the war. He enlisted in August 1941 in Sault Ste Marie, where he trained as a driver in the 3rd CACRU. He was later transferred to the 8th NB Hussars as a Gunner. In 1942 he was sent to England for training and on 1 Dec 1943 went to Italy there he saw action in Liri Valley. In the Valley their tank hit a mine causing it to exploded and catch fire. They lost their Sergeant, Reg was injured in both legs and was in the hospital in Rome. After he was transferred to the Calgary Tanks. After D-Day he returned to England and in August of 1945 he was sent to Holland to help repair their homes. We were married in Sheffield in Oct 1945. Reg came back to Canada December 1945 and I sailed July 7th 1946 on a Troop Ship SS Georgic, we docked in Halifax. In July 1962 Reg and I made a trip back to Italy. I went to the Commonwealth Cemetery to Lay 2 wreaths, one for the Sergeant and me for our legion branch 429. And on our way home we visited in Holland the 2 families we billeted with in 1945. They were so happy to see him. My Dear Reg passed away in 1974 at the age of 55 from a brain tumour. I find the Sabretache so interesting I wish I was closer to see some of the activities especially the curling events. I retired 2 yrs ago from curling. Yours truly Jean Sharp (Hay)
Willa (Magee) Walker was born in Montreal, 1913. She was the daughter of Madeline Leslie Smith from Saint John, New Brunswick and Col. Allan A. Magee, CBE, DSO, QC, a successful lawyer, businessman and public servant. She studied in Paris and served as postmistress at the age of 20 as postmistress on one of the White Star ocean liners. Finally working as private secretary to Lady Marlar, the wife of the Canadian ambassador in Washington.
She met David H. Walker, at a social event in Ottawa. He served as aide de camp to Gov. Gen. Lord Tweedsmuir. The married in Montreal on July 27, 1939, and honeymooned in Scotland. With the Second World War imminent he rejoined his regiment, the Black Watch. He was taken capture at St. Valery in France and he was held for five years in German prison camps before he was liberated in 1945.
While David was held prisoner, Willa worked tirelessly for his eventual freedom and developed a code for communicating news in her letters to him. She even smuggled escape maps in shoes she sent her husband in a Red Cross package. Her first attempt to conceal the maps was discovered by the Canadian military authorities, who liked the idea and hid the maps in the shoes more professionally to get past German inspectors. She also set up the Canadian Prisoners of War Association, a group for wives and families of men who had been taken prisoner. She also became involved in Wings for Britain, and when the RCAF advertised for and began recruiting women (the first service to do so) Willa joined up.
Following the screening, testing and examination of the first 150 applicants and an intensive six week officer cadet training she began as airwomen clerk messenger in October 1941. She guided the Women’s Division through its early development. She was responsible for establishing the airwomen on 10 of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan stations in Ontario. She commanded the seventeen thousand member Women’s Division of the RCAF. In May of 1943 she was promoted to the rank of wing officer, equivalent to Colonel in RCA or wing commander in the RCAF.
Wing Officer Walker left the RCAF in 1944 to go to London to greet her husband on his release. They went to Scotland and then to India. Where her husband served as comptroller to Lord Archibald Wavell and, briefly, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last two viceroys. It was a violent time with the rise of Ghandi and Nehru, the end of the British raj, and partition.
They returned to Scotland before they decided to settle in Canada and Willa convinced David to look at St Andrews, where she had summered many summers with her parents, grandmother and siblings. They moved permanently in 1948 and raised four boys at the home they called Strathcroix in Bayside, just outside St Andrews. Willa was dedicated to the community of St. Andrews and served on many committees: the Canadian Club, Charlotte County Museum, Charlotte County Historical Society, The Girl Guides, St. Andrews Library, Charlotte County Archives, and the Greenock Presbyterian Church and researched homes for the St Andrews Civic Trust.
She and her sister Nora Breese started the Whale Store/Boutique La Baleine, still in business on Water Street. While she was President of the Charlotte County Archives she wrote a book “No Hay Fever and a Railway”, which was later republished as “Summers in St. Andrews”. It is a history of the town and its prominent summer families.
Willa mixed in all circles, and she was interested in political issues and took great delight in making new immigrants feel welcome. She died at the Passamaquoddy Nursing Home 4 July 2010.