A salute to veterans
Born in 1912 in England, he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1927. Joining the 8th Canadian Hussars in 1939, he served as tank commander and fought in the North Africa Campaign and the liberation of Sicily and Italy. During this time his group of tanks held off a German advance and for his heroism Alf was awarded the Military Medal, presented at Buckingham Palace in London by King George VI. He later participated in the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands and was one of several soldiers who found, nurtured and brought home to Canada, Princess Louise, the horse. He was later awarded several military service medals. He brought his Scottish bride Jean (Richardson) home to Canada where he was a farmer, and among other things, created a trucking company. Alf and Jean had three children. Amos Reilly was born in Moncton in June 1896. He joined the Canadian army in August 1914 and trained as an artillery gunner posted to the 8th Field Artillery Battery with the 1st Canadian Contingent sent to Europe. Amos was wounded and gassed at Ypres, Belgium in 1915 but recovered and fought at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, where he was bayoneted and left for dead. He was found and recovered, but was injured again in 1917 when a head wound from enemy artillery required him to have a steel plate inserted in his head. While recovering in an English hospital in 1918, Queen Mary visited and presented Amos with a medal for bravery. Returning to Canada he married his wife Myrtle (Johnson) and the couple lived in Port Elgin with their children. In his later years Amos was the operator of a gas station and a member of Port Elgin village council. Andrew Thomson was born on Feb. 24, 1913. He joined the Canadian military and served during the Second World War as a tradesman’s qualifications driver mechanic with Tank “C” troop of the 23rd Anti-tank Regiment Canada, in the United Kingdom, the Central Mediterranean area and in continental Europe. Leaving the military after the war, he once again joined the army in 1953 and served in Korea as a United Nations Peacekeeper, honourably discharged for a second time in 1956. Andy was a dedicated serviceman and for his service was awarded seven medals, including the UN Service Medal for Korea. He met his wife Jean Elizabeth (Wood) and the couple
married in 1946, George Hutchison was born in December 1929 and spent his early years in the Cape Spear, N.B., area. A country boy living in Toronto, he joined up for military duty there in August 1950. After training stints in Petawawa, Ont., and Wainwright, Alta., he was assigned to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), Special Forces and spent six months in the U.S. before sailing for Korea in April 1951, where he saw active duty during the Korean War. George was a member of the Black Watch from May 1953 to 1956. He was later presented with medals for service during the Korean War as well as for his peacekeeping service. In 2012 he was honoured with the Korean Ambassador Medal. He retired to his home in Melrose, N.B., and passed away in October 2013. Born in P.E.I. on June 4, 1920, Gerald McCarron enrolled in the Royal Canadian Artillery at Charlottetown in April 1940. He said at the time, everyone else was going, he thought he would, too. Gerald served in the United Kingdom, France and Germany until the demobilization after the war’s end in 1945. He met his wife Thelma (Sanderson), who was a native of East Town House, Heddon-onThe-wall, Newcastle, England, and they were married there in May 1945. He was honourably discharged with the rank of lance bombardier in December 1945 after which he was awarded a number of military awards, including the King George Medal, 1939-1945. Gerald brought his bride back to P.E.I., but the couple moved with their family to Cape Tormentine in 1955, where Gerald worked for CN Marine until his sudden passing in June 1979. Born in January 1920, Guy Trenholm was 20 years old when he and a number of his local friends walked into an army recruitment centre in Port Elgin and joined up in 1940. After basic training he was sent to Camp Debert, N.S., where he joined the Cape Breton Highlanders. After training in England, Guy became a Bren gun operator, sailing by ship to Italy, where he spent several months, including fighting in the bloody Christmas time battle for the city of Ortona. Returning by ship to Holland, he took part in the liberation of Belgium and Holland. Around that time his younger brother Earl was killed in Belgium and is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves in Antwerp. Guy returned to Canada by ship in late 1945, returning home to Port Elgin. He married Louise (Murray) and the couple had five children. A trackman, guy spent 32 years with Canadian Born in Baie Verte in
December 1914, Hazen Wells worked at a number of jobs in his early years, including trucking with his father, lobster fisherman and lumberman at Enamel and Heating in Sackville. He enlisted in the Canadian military during the Second World War, serving from 1941 to 1946. A member of the air force, Hazen saw active duty in England, Belgium, Holland and Germany, later being awarded several medals and awards for his service. Returning home, he married Jennie (Kirby) and the couple had six children. After returning from the war, Hazen was a rural postal deliveryman for 32 years and was also station agent at the Baie Verte train station. He was active in his church and community prior to his death in May 1989. Born in May 1887, Percy Murray was 27 when the First World War broke out; he signed up immediately in 1914. After training in England he was sent to France as a motorcycle dispatch rider with brigade headquarters. He fought with the 26th Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France, where he was exposed to poisonous mustard gas attacks from March 3 to June 14, 1917. After being discharged with honour from the army in May 1919 with the rank of corporal, he returned home to Murray Corner, later marrying his wife Ethel (Field). The couple had three children. Percy was always plagued with lung issues, made worse by the gas attacks at Vimy. He lived the rest of his life battling PTSD, with no medical assistance. He spent the last few years of his life at a veterans’ home in Saint John, N.B., where he died in May 1958. A Baie Verte boy, Ralph was born in November 1919. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in June 1941, serving 46 months in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. During the war he was a military driver. While in England, in 1944 he met and married his wife Alice (Wilshaw), who was a member of the British army. Ralph later was awarded a number of military medals for his service. After the war the couple returned to Canada and settled in Baie Verte, later having three children. Ralph operated a successful service station in Baie Verte and was a much-loved school bus driver for a number of years, prior to his retirement. He died in December 1978.
later settling and raising their five children in the Baie Verte area. During that time Andy worked for many years for the Department of Highways. He died in December 1987. National Railways before his retirement. He died in January 2012.