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Names of local Second World War veterans preserved in newly released book
A book compiling the names and sacrifices of the members of the 8th Recce (14th Canadian Hussars) was unveiled during a special unveiling at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 this past Saturday.
The book, Compiled Information on The 8th Recce (14th Canadian Hussars), documents the names and service of members of the local regiment which served during the Second World War.
Swift Current’s John Griffin spent four months researching and completing the project and he admits his desire to learn more about the service of his own grandfather expanded into this full regiment project.
The 8th Recce book contains the name of every member of the regiment who was awarded medals, awards and honours
contains all the names, ranks, serial numbers, and all available information on those individuals. The book also has names, ranks, service numbers, birth dates, date of death, exact burial plots, and any next of kin information for all members of the regiment who gave their lives in service to their country.
“Some of these men were heroic in their actions, and it was a real honour to work on this and share their stories. I think it’s very important that we tell these stories, especially as our Second World War veterans are slowly not being with us anymore.”
“I think it’s especially important to tell the stories of those who gave their lives because they made the ultimate sacrifice.”
His grandfather, Trooper John Ivor Griffin, served as part of the 8th Recce during the Second World War. Unfortunately he did not know much about his service because he died of a heart attack at age 50.
“I started it to kind of honour his service,” he said. “And I wanted to learn more about his comrades in arms and their stories from when they served.”
The book recognizing the service of local residents follows up on a formerly compiled list recognizing the service of the local members of the 209th Swift Current Battalion who enlisted and served in the First World War.
Both resources are good locations for people to start learning more about the military service of relatives.
“I would say this is a good start for someone who is interested in learning more about their ancestor’s services. It’s more of a general information. Only some of them had service records that were digitized at the moment.”
He points out that Library and Archives Canada has been busy with digitizing veterans war records, and more have become available in the past few years.
“Definitely if someone is looking for their ancestors this would give them a great amount of information so that they could go to the Library and Archives
and get that information.”
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 President Andy Moon said the new book of names helps preserve an important piece of Swift Current history.
“It means a lot actually because there’s a lot of veterans who are moving on from years past, and a lot of the families are back looking to see what their dad’s, grandpa’s and husbands and brothers did. So this is a very good starting point, and we’ve got a lot of people interested looking in that.”
“John has done an amazing start for a lot of the people.”
The lone hard cover copy of the book is in possession of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56, but the book is available to be viewed at the Swift Current Museum in a PDF format, the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society in Regina has a copy, plus the information is shared digitally on the VII Recee (14th Canadian Hussars) Facebook page.