Wolfville Legion focus of archival work
Students in the Acadia University history class taught by archivist Wendy Robicheau are busy unlocking the Wolfville Legion’s records.
Recently they visited the Dr. C.B. Lumsden branch #74 of the Royal Canadian Legion to hear firsthand from veteran Hubert Sullivan.
Sullivan, who served in Holland and Belgium with the West Novies, explained to the class his desire to join the military during the Second World War.
He told a tale of being a stretcher-bearer on a troop conveyance outside Amsterdam and getting lost at the end of the war. When the vehicle stopped, Sullivan said, it seemed like “there were thousands (of Dutch citizens) crowded all over” to greet the Canadians.
He has been back to The Netherlands on two occasions to mark the May 5 anniversary of the end of the conflict. Sullivan is one of just three Second World War veterans belonging to the branch.
The Acadia students will research, describe and document the contents of the Legion’s collection. Eventually archivist Wendy Robicheau hopes to hold a display of the materials.
Legion member Michael Bawtree, himself a former professor and British reservist, said, “we’re very lucky to have them come to do that.”
Robicheau added that there is an education component to the work, but also a strong element of heritage preservation.
The legion has been growing recently, according to Bawtree, who reports 15 new members.
The branch also sold its property just outside Wolfville and is utilizing the funds to do a physical upgrade to its Main Street building.
The Wolfville branch, representatives of Scouts Canada, members of the West Novies, RCMP officers and others will take part in ceremonies coming up on Nov. 11. The turnout in recent years on Remembrance Day has been growing.
WWII veteran Hubert Sullivan, centre, speaks to Acadia University history students. Archivist Wendy Robicheau, who leads the class, is shown on the right.