Saturday, 5 November 2011

Lest We Forget

November is here and it is time again that we honour the sacrifices made by our fellow Sturgeon Pointers so that we could have all that we have.  For the next couple of days, I am going to list those who served.  If you had family members who served and would like them included, please send the pictures through to me.

Cousins - Ida May Brown, Lloyd Flack and Harry Hilton Brown
on Lake Avenue, bottom of 5th Street
 I was also advised that the picture is not of Hilton Brown but of Joseph William Brown. His military history will be researched and reported later.

18-year old Hilton Brown enlisted in Lindsay on 4 December 1915 with the 109th Battalion. 

The 109th Battalion was organized with a strength of 775 men on December 22, 1915 in Lindsay, Ontario.  The unit was recruited from Victoria and Haliburton counties in Ontario It was active in Canada from November 15, 1915 to July 22, 1916.  Sailed from Halifax aboard Olympic July 24, 1916.  Strength on sailing 35 officers and 775 other ranks and arrived Liverpool July 31, 1916.  In England from July 31, 1916 to December 8, 1916.   Starting October 5th, the men of the battalion were absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion which provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field.  They saw action at Arras, Hill 70 and Ypres.  It was disbanded 11 April 1919.
Source: The Matrix Project

In 1926, Hilton married Naomi Fee, daughter of Andrew Fee & Mary Wilson. She was the granddaughter of Samuel Fee & Elizabeth Kelly and George Wilson & Margaret Glen, all  of Fenelon Falls.  Harry & Naomi.  He worked as a salesman and they lived in Lindsay.

I have been advised that after WWI, "[Hilton] stayed in the reserves and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was CO of the Lindsay Armories at the start of the Second World War. He devised such an excellent training program for soldiers that he was transferred to CFP Petawa to run the training program there."

Flight Officer Joseph Flavelle Barrett

BARRETT, S/L Joseph Flavelle (J3740) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Training Command Headquarters (since moved to No.5 OTU).  Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 January 1941).  Medal sent by registered mail 20 September 1946.  Reported as having flown 2,159 hours to date, 1,741 hours as instructor.

This officer on all occasions throughout his career on flying instructional duties has carried out his tasks with dispatch and effectiveness.  By his untiring efforts and devotion to duty, he has materially assisted in raising and maintaining a high standard of pilot training.  By his skill, initiative and resourcefulness, he has made a valuable contribution to the training plan.

In 1941, he married Hazel Wilkinson of Calgary.  She passed away in 1960.  In 1961, he married fellow Sturgeon Pointer, June McEachren.  He had three children and seven grandchildren.  He died in 1977. 

JOHN SCHOLES, SON OF OARSMAN, KILLED - Flight- Lieut. John Scholes, 33, son of the lat Lou Scholes, renowed Canadian oarsman, and Mrs. Scholes, Toronto, was killed Wednesday in air operations and buried New Year’s Day at bath, Somerset, England, his mother has been informed.  After paying for his early flying training at Malton, he joined the RAF in England in 1940. 

On his 23rd mission as pilot of a Wellington Bomber, his plane was badly crippled.  He brought it in on one motor and was forced to jump at 500 feet.  He was badly injured.

After convalescing in Canada, he returned overseas a year ago and he was posted to Mosquitos.  Born in Toronto, Flight-Lieutenant Scholes attended Upper Canada College.  Coached by his father, with a younger brother Sergt. Lou Scholes, RCAF, he won the junior doubles championship in 1939.  A sister Mrs. Theodore Winters, Ottawa, also survives.

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