War his­tory re­mem­bered

Sud­bury made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the Al­lied cause in both world wars

The Sudbury Star - - LIFE - KRIS­TEN BER­TRAND COLUM­NIST Kris­ten Ber­trand is the lo­cal his­tory li­brar­ian for the Greater Sud­bury Pub­lic Li­brary.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause to re­mem­ber.

In 1918 on that date and time, the sign­ing of the ar­mistice agree­ment be­tween Ger­many and the Al­lies marked the end of a con­flict known by many names: The Great War, First World War, the “war to end all wars”.

As we com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War, take a mo­ment to re­flect on the his­tory of the past cen­tury.

Sud­bury made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the Al­lies’ ef­forts in both world wars, from rais­ing money via Vic­tory Bonds to pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial re­sources from the min­ing in­dus­try. Along­side those con­tri­bu­tions were the sac­ri­fices made by so many, in­clud­ing those from our own neigh­bour­hoods.

Did you know two corvettes that served in the Royal Cana­dian Navy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War were named HMCS Sud­bury and HMCS Cop­per Cliff?

Did you know Pri­vate Frank Be­langer of Chelmsford was one of three Cana­di­ans who were killed lib­er­at­ing the French town of Pec­quen­court in Oc­to­ber 1918?

The Greater Sud­bury Pub­lic Li­brary ’s Lo­cal His­tory Col­lec­tion at the Main Branch (74 Macken­zie St.) holds many re­sources avail­able to the pub­lic to re­search and ex­plore Sud­bury’s con­tri­bu­tions to the wars and how those at home were af­fected. Browse through the is­sues of the INCO Tri­an­gle mag­a­zine, read the head­lines from The Sud­bury Star on Ar­mistice Day on mi­cro­film, or read one of the many books avail­able about the wars from a lo­cal per­spec­tive.

Un­told: North­east­ern On­tario’s Mil­i­tary Past Vol. 1 by Di­eter Buse and Graeme Mount is a com­pi­la­tion of the re­gion’s mil­i­tary his­tory. The au­thors use let­ters, diaries and of­fi­cial records to piece to­gether, for the first time, the mil­i­tary con­tri­bu­tions of North­east­ern On­tario. This first vol­ume ex­plores the pe­riod from 1662 to the end of the First World War.

Write Soon and Of­ten: Life of a Bomber Pi­lot Through His Let­ters Home by Andy Thom­son is the story of Don­ald Plaunt, the author’s un­cle, as told through the 150 let­ters he wrote home. Born in North Bay, Don­ald at­tended Sud­bury High School be­fore en­list­ing in the RCAF and be­com­ing a Lan­caster pi­lot. In his let­ters, Don­ald shares sto­ries of his Air Force train­ing, var­i­ous events dur­ing the war and de­tails some of the char­ac­ters he met along the way. The book also

ex­plores the sor­row of friends and fam­ily when Don­ald, like so many oth­ers, did not re­turn home.

In Memo­riam, com­piled by Jean Reid Lye, is a reg­is­ter of names from plaques, mon­u­ments and news­pa­per clip­pings, of the men and women who sac­ri­ficed their lives in the cause of free­dom. The book in­cludes sol­diers from the two world wars and the var­i­ous memo­ri­als from the Sud­bury Dis­trict.

Th­ese ti­tles and many oth­ers are avail­able in the Shantz book col­lec­tion. The col­lec­tion is named in hon­our of Mary C. Shantz, Head of the Ref­er­ence Depart­ment at the Sud­bury Pub­lic Li­brary from

1966 to 1984. An ac­tive mem­ber of many lo­cal his­tor­i­cal and ge­nealog­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, she started the col­lec­tion rec­og­niz­ing the need to pre­serve and pro­mote Sud­bury’s lo­cal his­tory. From the his­tory of Azilda to the his­tory of the Wolves and all sub­jects in be­tween, you can find your topic of in­ter­est from a lo­cal per­spec­tive.

If you are a lo­cal his­tory author or know of a lo­cal his­tory book not cur­rently part of our col­lec­tion, please let us know. We are al­ways look­ing for new re­sources to add to our col­lec­tion.

The 159th Batal­lion de­part­ing for camp, July 14, 1916. Greater Sud­bury Her­itage Image: Donated by the Sud­bury and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. MK0952

Men go­ing to the First World War, Han­mer Rail­way Sta­tion, 1917. Greater Sud­bury Her­itage Image: Val­ley East Her­itage Col­lec­tion. VE0359

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