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
WWII Veteran, Walden Westman, who worked in a munitions plant in Ontario before moving to Vermilion after the war. Photo submitted Myrtle and Robert Philip Westman had 12 children including eight boys, seven of whom enlisted in WWII.
When Robert Phillips passed away in 1931, Myrtle remarried the widowed Frank Davies in 1938, relocating to the Dewberry/Vermilion area. Their children, Ernest and George Davies, also enlisted.
A total of nine children in the family enlisted in
WWII Veteran - Gage Pendleton Photo credit: The Weekly Review Ninety-four-year-old Veteran, Gage Pendleton, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in December of 1942 as a Wireless/ Air gunner. Born and raised on a farm 10 miles south of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the 19-year-old had taken wireless training in Calgary and gunnery training in Lethbridge before going overseas in 1943 attached to the RAF. “In 1944 the allies had bombed pretty near everything in Europe, so they de
Back row from left, Hansl and Serafine Ferchner. Front row from left, Angela, Kresenzia, Hermine, Aaron, and Mathilde Ferchner pictured in 1942. Photo submitted Born in Austria on March 8, 1930, Matilde Watkins (nee Ferchner’s) life was dramatically changed when her father, Aaron Lukas Ferchner, was conscripted in the German Army in 1940. Before Watkins’ birth, in approximately 1925, the family worked and lived in a barn and on one occasion, the owners said, “We’ll look after