Saturday, October 29, 2011


As of 14 Oct 2011

While researching human interest stories for possible inclusion in an upcoming book (…) it dawned on me that the men and women who, since 1903, have served in Canada’s  communications and electronics related organizations, have come from a wide range of backgrounds; served in a wide range of capacities and locations; and gone on, upon release, to …

·         WW II: Clifford Clive was a member of 1 Cdn L of C Sigs who, after  D-Day, helped the Americans put the French telephone system back in operation, and participated in the move of a portion of the 1st  Czech  Armd Bde from the area of Dunkirk, France, where the formation had been besieging the city, to Klatovy, Czechoslovakia.

·         WW II: George Eckenfelder was a first generation Canadian whose father had been a French cavalryman. He was captured by the Germans on D-Day plus 3. A day later, some 140 Germans surrendered to George, and another Canadian Officer.

·         WW II:As a member of the ship’s staff, Ardwell H Eyres made some fifteen round trips between North America and Europe on the troop ship Ile de France. 

·         WW II: Robert Kerr was a Dispatch Rider in Italy. He was captured by the Germans and interred in Stalag VII A. In 1945, while still a POW, he volunteered to drive supplies provided by the Red Cross, in trucks supplied by the allies, from the Swiss/German border, to needy POWs in various parts of Germany.

·         WW I: Harold Leonard Nixon joined the Canadian Engineer Signals, in Canada, in 1916. In England, in order to enhance his chance of serving in France, he sought and received a secondment  to the Royal Engineers (RE). In France, he was posted to the 42nd Broad Guage Operating Company, Railroad Operating Division, of the RE. He  was subsequently loaned, by the RE,  to a Canadian Railway. Operating Company, with the RE holding a string on him. A narrative of  his exploits is contained here Link

·         WW II: Vic  Waters set up his own amateur radio station, VE5QH, while in his teens; went on to work at pioneering radio station CJOR;  served in Australia, as a Cpl, with 1 CSWG; then returned to CJOR to continue his lengthy, and distinguished, broadcasting career.

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