Wolfville Le­gion fo­cus of archival work

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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.

WENDY EL­LIOTT

WWII vet­eran Hu­bert Sul­li­van, cen­tre, speaks to Aca­dia Univer­sity his­tory stu­dents. Ar­chiv­ist Wendy Ro­bicheau, who leads the class, is shown on the right.

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