This year for Remembrance Day, Vermilion’s Elsie Sinden, was remembering her late husband as a WWII veteran, and her late father-in-law as a WWI veteran.
During WWI, her father-in-law, Sgt William Frederick Sinden, had been at Vimy Ridge and while in France had sent his invitation for a Vimy Ridge Dinner for the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade home as well as a letter. The letter sent to his wife in 1916 states that after receiving some rest, he expects to soon be sent to th
Left, Wayne and Duncan Carey beneath the plaque showcasing their father and grandfather Pte Duncan Carey. In school in Vermilion, Wayne won a Legion poem contest for his poem titled, ‘I’ll never know him.’ Duncan still remembers his father’s scars. Photos submitted Right, 16th Battalion Canadian Scottish L/Cpl Duncan Carey (left) went to England for two weeks leave with a friend. Photos submitted Vermilion’s Duncan and Pat Carey recently returned from a trip to France where t
The first Mayor of Vermilion, Matt Brimabcome, served in WWI. Enlisting at 49 years old, Brimacombe departed from Sarcee Camp in Calgary. Spending much time in England, he was eager to go to France, and even took a drop in rank and pay in order to go.
Working his way through Belgium and France, Brimacombe was placed in charge of Farm #2, sending train car loads of vegetables to supply the men at the front lines, and moving camp often as they advanced.
In a letter dated Dec
On September 25, 2018 Vermilion’s Robert Snelgrove received his great uncle Thomas Alban Snelgrove’s school book from a cousin.
The book had been stored for over 50 years, and is 109 years old. It is a hand written notebook with detailed diagrams from Swindon, England dated September 1908 – June 1909. The family feels it was Thomas Alban’s grade nine science book, that was likely the last education he received as he came to Canada in 1910.
“I know how neatly my dad wrote
Henry Desrochers in 1910. Photos submitted One hundred years ago, Private Henry Desrochers gave his life for his country, serving in the 13th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Desrochers was born in Montreal, Quebec on September 22, 1892 to Adelard and Helen Brien Desrochers. From there, Desrochers moved with his family to Manitoba in 1906. According to www.canadianfallenheroes.com, Desrochers was a single briquetier who volunteered with the 90th Winnipeg
Private Hazen Perry Gibbons’ inscription on the Vimy Memorial in France. Photo supplied Private John Hazen Perry Gibbons enlisted at age 18 in the Canadian Expeditionary Force 151st Overseas Battalion on February 15, 1916 in Vermilion. Born in Ingram Port, Nova Scotia on August 3, 1897 to Leslie Maranda (Rand) Gibbons and Maud Bella Gaetz, who lived in Innisfree at the time of their son’s enrollment. According to the Canadian Great War Project, Gibbons was listed as a single,
Lieutenant Colonel W.C. Craig, known to most as “Chum”, enlisted in the Canadian Infantry at the age 30 in Vermilion on December 29, 1914 with the rank of Lieutenant. He would two years later be the youngest Lieutenant Colonel to serve in the Canadian Army. The story behind this man is a unique one. He paid a brave and tremendous contribution to local history and Vermilion’s war effort, yet not very much is known or celebrated about this individual. Nine Vermilion area men en