Fonds 10.16 - Frank Gaunce

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Frank Gaunce

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CA HM 10.16

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  • 1912-1945 (Creation)
    Gaunce, Frank

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16 Photographs; 2 cm textual records

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(1912 - 2013)

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Frank Leslie Gaunce was born in Carsonville Kings County New Brunswick August 19,1912. He went to school in Carsonville and worked on the family farm with his dad until he joined Army active service in the 4th Canadian Motorcycle Regiment 8th princess Louise N.B. hussars. At Saint John on the 5th day of August 1940 he received an efficiency metal for a remount competition August 1933,Camp Sussex Militia Summer Camp. In 1949-1941 they became the 5th armoured Division end of motorcycles back to tanks at Camp Borden. On October 1941 sailed for Liverpool England on the Monarch of Bermuda. After Tank training in England at different bases they sailed with the main body to Naples on December 19th 1943 aboard a ship ORMANC and for the next 15 months or so they battled the enemy in Italy. Frank was a tank driver then became crew Commander rank Sergeant.This was a happening in Italy : the crew was watching the enemy up in the hills when an dispatch rider on a motorcycle brought their orders up. They were beside a hay stack that was hollowed by the enemy. They heard a click or seen a glint of light . frank said under the haystack when they dug it out the motorcycle was demolished.In February 1945 they sailed from Leghorn across the Mediterranean to Marseilles France, then on to Holland. They liberated the children and people and are held in high regard to this day by the Dutch people. Frank left Holland June-July 1945. Frank was discharged on November 5th 1945 at Fredericton. He returned to civilian life went into trucking and Farming. Frank married in June 1941 and has 2 sons and 1 daughter.

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Frank Gaunce
Ann Taylor

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This Font consists of 15 photographs of Frank Gaunce's experiences in Italy in World War 2 including photos of graves marked by crosses. Textual records include; 1946 Christmas Card, Firing Data for the Sherman tank, Service of Thanksgiving 1945

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8th Hussars Museum Archives

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