Category Archive: Primary Resources

More WW2 keepsakes!

These past two months have been pretty emotional for the family; the time finally came for my grandma Betty to sell the family home.  It was built in the early 1960s by my… Continue reading

WWI draftee, Almer L. Fockler

We still have a few more years of centenary anniversaries related to the First World War and it reminded me that in late 2004, during my genealogy research, I came across family members… Continue reading

My Great Uncle William – Part 2: Zombie was he…

In reviewing my Great Uncle Bill’s Second World War military personnel file, I’m struck by the number of leaves he took and how many times he was transferred and posted to different places.  … Continue reading

Norman L. Baier: WAG, RCAF

I’m embarrassed to say that I have just tonight, for the first time, gone through my grandpa Norman’s WWII Royal Canadian Air Force personnel file. The files have been in my possession for… Continue reading

This night, ten years ago…

On this night, ten years ago I sat up with my Uncle Jimmy — or UJ as we call him — while his mom, my Grandma slept soundly in the next room. We… Continue reading

Grandpa’s Letter Home in 1945, Part II

After thinking it over for a few days, I have decided to share most of the contents of my grandfather’s letter home, dated January 3, 1945.  As mentioned in the earlier post on… Continue reading

Here’s $900 for your 1618 days of service in WW2

Building on yesterday’s post about WW2 compensation, I am going to provide some details about my Gpa Mike’s statement of war service gratuity.  Grandpa originally enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA), did… Continue reading

How much does 711 days of service earn an Able Seaman during WW2?

While reviewing my Gpa Mike’s and my great uncle Jimmy’s WW2 personnel records, the document I find most shocking is the “Department of National Defence Statement of War Service Gratuity” form.  Jimmy gave… Continue reading

My Grandpa’s Letter Home: 3 January 1945

One of the greatest surprises of the year was to learn from my Great Uncle Jimmy that a letter my Gpa Mike had sent to their aunt, had come into his possession.  He… Continue reading