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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Date Range From
1972
Date Range To
1973
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970083000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Date Range From
1972
Date Range To
1973
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
20.5
Description
TWO-TONED BLUE FLANNEL BEANIE MARKED IN WHITE LETTERS "LCC". ROYAL BLUE AND TURQUOISE PANELS ALTERNATE, 2 EACH. ITEM IS WORN AND FADED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S SON, DAVE, WHO WAS BORN IN 1954 AND ATTENDED LCC, THE FIRST YEAR THE COLLEGE OPENED. PURPOSE UNKNOWN. *** INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “OUR SON ENROLLED IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AFTER COMPLETING HIGH SCHOOL WITH THE INTENTION OF FOLLOWING A FORESTRY CAREER. HE FOUND OUT THE MOUNTAINS WERE A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, BUT HE DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE THERE. THE BEANIE WAS A REQUIREMENT FOR NEW STUDENTS AT THAT TIME.” *** UPDATE: IN 2014, THIS BEANIE WAS SELECTED BY LUCELLE PRINDLE FOR THE 'TREASURES & CURIOUSITIES' EXHIBIT. PRINDLE FOUND PHOTOGRAPHS OF LCC STUDENTS WEARING SIMILAR BEANIES DURING "FROSH WEEK" IN THE 1968/69 LETHBRIDGE JUNIOR COLLEGE YEARBOOK. PRINDLE ALSO PROVIDED A PHOTOCOPIED PAGE FROM A BOOK DETAILING THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE, WHICH OUTLINED THE JUNE 1969 MOTION TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL FROM "LETHBRIDGE JUNIOR COLLEGE" TO "LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE". BECAUSE THIS BEANIE BEARS THE LETTERS "L.C.C.", PRINDLE MAINTAINS THAT IT MUST BE DATED POST-1969.
Catalogue Number
P19970083000
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LEGION - 1980+
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19990063001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEGION - 1980+
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.2
Length
25.5
Width
24.7
Description
NAVY BLUE, WITH BLACK TRIM AND LINING. HAS A BLACK SHOELACE AT BACK, LACED THROUGH FOUR HOLES, AND TIED. ON FRONT IS AN EMBROIDERED LEGION EMBLEM, CONSISTING OF A YELLOW CIRCLE, WITH A CROWN ON TOP. WITHIN THE CIRCLE IS A RED MAPLE LEAF; BELOW THIS IS A BLUE BANNER THAT READS "LEGION", AND BELOW THIS ARE THREE RED POPPIES. TO THE RIGHT OF THIS CREST IS A BRASS "4". OUTER LAYER OF "4" IS PEELING; HAS SOME GREEN CORROSION ON IT. INSIDE BRIM OF BERET IS THE REMNANT OF A WHITE TAG.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S HUSBAND, ARTHUR "ART" TURNER. BORN IN BOURNVILLE, ENGLAND IN 1915. HIS FAMILY COULDN'T AFFORD TO KEEP HIM IN ENGLAND; SENT TO CANADA IN 1930, AND HE WENT TO NORTH EDMONTON. A YEAR LATER HE TRAVELLED THROUGH B.C. AND ALBERTA. HE JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMY IN 1934 IN CALGARY?, SERVED FOR OVER 30 YEARS. SERVED OVERSEAS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WITH THE 2ND ANTI-TANK REGIMENT FROM LETHBRIDGE. HE WENT INTO THE INVASION OF EUROPE, HAVING BEEN TRAINED FOR THIS INVASION SINCE 1940. HE SERVED IN FRANCE, BELGIUM, HOLLAND AND GERMANY. HE WAS WOUNDED TWICE, INCLUDING LOSS OF HEARING FROM THE BOMBING, BUT HE CARRIED ON. WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, ART SERVED WITH THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION IN GERMANY FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. RETURNING TO SHILO, MANITOBA, ART UNDERTOOK MANY TRAINING COURSES AND WAS PROMOTED TO WARRANT OFFICER, TRAINING THE MILITIA AND ARMY CADETS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF MANITOBA, SASK., ALBERTA AND B.C.. ART ENJOYED HIS WORK AND FINALLY RETIRED FROM THE ARMY IN 1966. HE THEN WENT TO WORK IN THE MAIN BRANCH OF THE CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE IN LETHBRIDGE, RETIRING IN 1978. HE WAS AWARDED SEVERAL MEDALS FOR WAR SERVICES. IN 1978 HE MARRIED ROSA AND THEY LIVED FOR A FEW YEARS IN CHAMPION, FINALLY COMING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1980. ART LOVED TO CURL AND WON MANY TROPHIES IN THE SPORT; HE ALSO LOVED TO TRAVEL. HE JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, GENERAL STEWART BRANCH #4 IN 1960, AND SERVED FOUR YEARS ON THE HOUSING COMMITTEE, PRESIDENT OF LEGION COMMITTEE. IN 1997 HE WAS AWARDED A LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN THE LEGION, AND HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998. ID# WARRANT OFFICER 2ND CLASS / SM1008.
Catalogue Number
P19990063001
Acquisition Date
1999-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TAM-O-SHANTER - W W II
Date Range From
1943
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20000036005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TAM-O-SHANTER - W W II
Date Range From
1943
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.0
Length
28.0
Width
25.5
Description
OUTSIDE OF HAT IS MAROON WOOL. INSIDE IS LINED WITH BLACK COTTON? EDGE OF HAT HAS A BLACK LEATHER TRIM, THROUGH WHICH A BLACK ELASTIC IS STRUNG AND TIED AT BACK. THERE ARE TWO SMALL HOLES ON RIGHT SIDE OF HAT WITH BLACK METAL GROMMETS ON THEM. ON FRONT OF HAT IS A BRASS BADGE CONSISTING OF TWO ARROWS CROSSING EACHOTHER. INSIDE HAT IS A TAG WITH THE LETTERS "M", "P", "HB", "V"; TAG IS VERY FRAGILE. WOOL IS STARTING TO WEAR THROUGH ON TOP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
THE DONOR OF THIS ARTIFACT, JOHN LLOYD KNIGHT, SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE (ALSO KNOWN AS THE DEVILS BRIGADE) DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THIS BERET GOES WITH UNIFORM P20000036002-4-GA. KNIGHT RECEIVED THE MAROON BERET AFTER VISITING THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS POST SEPT, 1943. IT IS KNIGHT’S ORIGINAL ISSUE BERET. HE STATED IT WAS THROWN INTO A “STANDING” KITBAG AND HE EXPECTED TO GET ACCESS TO THE BAG AND ITS CONTENTS DURING “RESTS”. KNIGHT RETURNED TO CANADA WITH TWO SUCH KITBAGS AND HIS BACKPACK. ULTIMATELY IT WAS ONLY WORN BY KNIGHT IN 1945 WHILE HE WAS AT ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE. IN THE FIELD, KNIGHT WORE EITHER HIS STEEL HELMET OR A STOCKING CAP ALONG WITH HIS COVERALLS. SEE RECORD P20000036001-GA FOR DONOR BIOGRAPHY AND BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FSSF.
Catalogue Number
P20000036005
Acquisition Date
2000-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19990088004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.8
Length
24.5
Width
24.0
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL. ON FRONT IS A RED TRIANGULAR PATCH. EMBROIDERED ONTO PATCH IS A BLUE OVAL SHAPE, WITH A GOLD ANIMAL HEAD (BUFFALO?) IN THE CENTER; WITHIN THE BORDER OF THE OVAL READS "MAINTIENS LE DROIT". ON TOP OF OVAL IS A GOLD CROWN; ON SIDES OF OVAL ARE GOLD MAPLE LEAVES; AND BELOW OVAL SHAPE IS A BLUE BANNER. BELOW ALL OF THIS IS A BLUE BANNER WITH A YELLOW BORDER AND YELLOW EMBROIDERED WORDS THAT READ "VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION". THERE IS A BLACK LEATHER TRIM AROUND EDGE OF BERET. IT IS LINED WITH BLACK COTTON. ON LINING READS "GENUINE FLEUR DE LIS 100% VIRGIN WOOL EXCEPT LINING SWEAT-BAND AND DRAWCORD 7 3/8 MADE IN CANADA . . . LIMITED TORONTO CAN". THIS PRINT IS COVERED BY A CLEAR PIECE OF DIAMOND SHAPED PLASTIC.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 TO 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN.
Catalogue Number
P19990088004
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S BERET
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20000098051
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S BERET
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.2
Length
30.5
Width
21.9
Description
BURGUNDY WOOL BERET. ON FRONT IS A BURGUNDY WOOL PATCH WITH A YELLOW FLEUR DE LIS EMBROIDERED IN THE CENTRE, AS WELL AS "SCOUTS CANADA" EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW. BOTTOM EDGE OF BERET IS TRIMMED WITH BLACK LEATHER, AND TIES WITH A BLACK SHOE LACE NEAR BACK. INSIDE OF BERET IS LINED WITH BLACK FABRIC AND IS STAMPED WITH "OFFICIAL BERET BOY SCOUTS OF CANADA". THERE IS ALSO A TAG INSIDE HAT THAT READS "CANADA" "MEDIUM".
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
SCOUTING HAS CHANGED ITS ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND THE LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT HAS BEEN ABSORBED INTO A WIDER GEOGRAPHICAL AREA. ON MAY 25TH 2000, OFFICE OFFICIALLY CLOSED BUT BOY SCOUTS STILL REMAIN IN OFFICE. DUE TO FEAR OF ITEMS LOSS THEY WERE GIVEN TO THE MUSEUM. SCOUTING IN LETHBRIDGE BEGAN IN 1914. SEE P20000041001-5-GA FOR MORE HISTORY ON SCOUTING IN LETHBRIDGE.
Catalogue Number
P20000098051
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SCOUTS BERET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, VINYL, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20010103012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SCOUTS BERET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
POLYESTER, VINYL, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.0
Length
25.5
Width
24.5
Description
DARK GREEN BERET. ON FRONT IS A GREEN WOOL PATCH WITH YELLOW EMBROIDERY. PATCH HAS A FLEUR DE LIS ON IT AND READS "SCOUTS CANADA". BERET HAS BLACK VINYL TRIM. THERE IS A SHORT BLACK SHOE LACE AT BACK OF BERET. INSIDE IS LINED WITH BLACK POLYESTER. STAMPED, IN WHITE, ON LINING IS "OFFICIAL BERET BOY SCOUTS OF CANADA".
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103012
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
GIRL GUIDE UNIFORM
Date Range From
1976
Date Range To
1977
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P20000011051
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GIRL GUIDE UNIFORM
Date Range From
1976
Date Range To
1977
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
25.5
Description
CIRCULAR. DARK. BLUE. FRONT HAS A SQUARE BADGE THAT IS NAVY BLUE WITH YELLOW EMBROIDERY. FEATURES A CLOVER LEAF WITH THE LETTERS "G" "G" "C" IN THE LEAVES, WITH A BANNER BELOW. INSIDE BERET IS A YELLOW STAMP THAT READS "GIRL GUIDES OF CANADA . . . 100% PURE NYLON", REST OF STAMP HAS FADED. ACROSS STAMP IS A STRIP OF MATERIAL WITH "KAREN POTTS" TYPED ON IT. RIM OF BERET IS ROLLED OVER. TOP OF BERET HAS 2 STAINS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S DAUGHTER, KAREN POTTS NEUFELD.
Catalogue Number
P20000011051
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BALMORAL CAP, 16TH BATTALION BADGE
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20110006013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALMORAL CAP, 16TH BATTALION BADGE
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.2
Diameter
28.5
Description
GREEN WOOL BERET. BERET IS ROUND WOOL CAP WITH SLIGHTLY NARROWED HEAD BAND. HEAD BAND SPLITS AT BACK AND HAS FOUR COPPER ISLETS WITH TWO ON EACH END. GREEN COTTON CORD THREADED THROUGH ISLETS TO ADJUST FOR SIZE. LIGHT GREEN LINING WHICH IS STAINED A DARK BROWN FROM USE. AT FRONT OF BERET IS CAP BADGE WITH TWO LOOPS AT BACK. LOOPS ARE THROUGH WOOL AND HELD ON INSIDE WITH A COPPER PIN. A PORTION OF A CIGARETTE PACKAGE HAS BEEN PLACED BETWEEN WOOD SPLINTERS AND LINING FOR PROTECTION FROM WEAR. BADGE HAS KING'S CROWN AT TOP WITH BANNER ACROSS BOTTOM WHICH READS "DEAS GU CATH". BETWEEN BANNER AND CROWN IS, “16” IN FRONT OF AN X SHAPE. SEAM AT BACK OF BERET HAS SPLIT APART AND COTTON CORD IS FRAYED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, DONOR JIM BETTS SAID THE ITEMS CAME INTO HIS POSSESSION WHEN HIS BROTHER ED “SOLD OUT” ON NOVEMBER 3RD, 2010. THE DONATED MATERIALS WERE PREVIOUSLY ON ED’S FARM SITE. THE FARM WAS LOCATED ON SECTION 21 - 114 AND DONOR’S FATHER CLARENCE BETTS “MOVED THERE IN 1929-30, BUT KEPT ORIGINAL HOMESTEAD.” EAST QUARTER SECTION 4 – 214. DONOR’S FATHER CLARENCE HAD 12 BROTHERS AND SISTERS. EARL’S EFFECTS HAD BEEN SENT TO CLARENCE AND EARL’S MOTHER (JULIA BETTS) BUT HOW THEY ENDED UP WITH CLARENCE IS UNKNOWN BECAUSE JULIA’S PLACE BURNT DOWN. ED BROUGHT THE TRUNK OVER AROUND NOVEMBER 3RD, 2010 AND SAID, “TAKE IT” BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PLACE FOR IT IN LETHBRIDGE. EARL WAS BESIDE HIS BROTHER CLARENCE WHEN HE GOT SHOT. “DAD WAS SHOT THROUGH THE CHEEKS, LOST THUMB. HE ALWAYS SAID IT WAS SO COLD OVER THERE UP ON THAT RIDGE. UNCLE REED SAID THE TOUGHEST BUGGERS IN RAYMOND LOVED TO FIGHT, AND EARL DID; ALTHOUGH HE WOULDN’T DRINK COFFEE BECAUSE OF THE CHICKERY (RATION COFFEE). DAD WAS UP TO 220 LBS IN THE ARMY WITH THE GOOD FOOD EATEN. THEY LIVED ON HOMESTEAD IN LITTLE SODDY. DAD PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 4, 1969. HE JOINED THE WAR EFFORT BECAUSE IT GOT TO HIM THAT GUYS (ALLIED COUNTRIES) WERE BEING PUSHED AROUND” CLARENCE BETTS WAS BORN ON AUG 10, 1889, WAS A FARM LABOURER FROM COUTTS. ACCORDING TO BETTS’S ATTESTATION FORM TO THE CANADIAN OVER-SEAS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, HE ENLISTED ON ARIL 4TH 1916 AT LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA. HE WAS ISSUED THE SERVICE NUMBER 736821. HE SERVED WITH THE 113TH LETHBRIDGE HIGHLANDERS AND THE 16TH (CANADIAN SCOTTISH) BATTALION. HIS UNIT SAILED SEPTEMBER 25, 1916. IN OCTOBER OF 1916 HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE 17TH BATTALION AND IN NOVEMBER HE TRANSFERRED TO HIS FINAL UNIT, THE 16TH BATTALION. HE SERVED IN ENGLAND FROM OCTOBER 1916 TO NOVEMBER 1916, AND IN FRANCE FROM NOVEMBER 1916 TO OCTOBER 1918. HE WAS SHOT ON AUGUST 15, 1917 AND TREATED AT THE 4TH GENERAL HOSPITAL ETAPLES. BETTS WAS WOUNDED AGAIN ON OCTOBER 1, 1918 BY A PIECE OF SHRAPNEL. HE WAS DISCHARGED ON APRIL 4, 1919 AFTER THREE YEARS OF SERVICE. FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE BETTS’ BROTHERS’ MILITARY SERVICE IN ADDITION TO BACKGROUND FAMILY INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110006013
Acquisition Date
2011-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.A.S.C. "1944"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20100023001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.A.S.C. "1944"
Date
1944
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Description
1) (L-27.3 ,W- 23.2 ,H, 2.6) BERET, GREEN WOOL WITH LEATHER HEADBAND. TWO COTTON TIES HANG FROM BACK. TWO EMPTY EYELETS AT FRONT RIGHT. INSIDE IS QUILTED BLACK FABRIC WITH SILKSCREENED TEXT IN GREEN THAT READS, “GRAND’MERE, KNITTING, COMPANY, LIMITED, BERET 1944, SIZE 7 1/8.” BELOW HAS C BROAD ARROW SYMBOL. 2) (L-4.5,W-4.7,H-1.2)CAP BADGE, CROWN AT TOP WITH RAYS COMING AWAY FROM CENTER. EIGHT MAPLE LEAVES WITH TEXT THAT READS, “ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE” (EVIL BE TO HIM WHO EVIL THINKS). MONOGRAM IN CENTER WITH TEXT THAT READS “GR VI.”
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
ACCORDING TO HIS DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE, “CORPORAL GEORGE HENRY RIDGEWAY ENROLLED IN THE NO. 13 DISTRICT DEPOT OF THE CANADIAN ARMY AT LETHBRIDGE ON APRIL 28, 1942. HE SERVED IN CANADA, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE. HE WAS DISCHARGED ON MARCH 19, 1946 AT CALGARY ALBERTA UNDER DEMOBILIZATION ROUTINE 1029 (5-C-I). HE WAS AWARDED THE 1939-1945 STAR, FRANCE AND GERMANY STAR, THE DEFENSE MEDAL, CANADIAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL AND CLASP AND THE 1939-1945 MEDAL.” RIDGEWAY PASSED AWAY ON MAY 28, 2010 AT THE AGE OF 93 YEARS IN LETHBRIDGE. THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS WERE EXTRACTED FROM A NARRATIVE WRITTEN BY GEORGE HENRY RIDGEWAY ON AUGUST 11, 1999. “[I] JOINED [THE] ARMY [ON THE] 28[TH OF] APRIL 1942, IN LETHBRIDGE. [I] REPORTED TO CALGARY [AT THE] MEWATA BARRACKS. EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORM CAME NEXT. [AFTER RECEIVING MY UNIFORM I] HAD TO SEND [MY] CIVVY CLOTHES HOME. TWO OTHER FELLOWS AND MYSELF GOT THAT READY[. AFTERWARDS, WE] WALKED ALONG MAIN CALGARY STREET TO A TRUCK DEPOT WITH OUR SHINY BOOTS [AND] NEW UNIFORM[S. WE] FELT KIND OF AWKWARD [IN OUR NEW CLOTHES. WHAT MADE] THINGS WORSE [WAS] WHEN THREE OR FOUR “KIDS” YELLED, “ROOKIES.” WE ALL FELT LIKE KICKING THEIR ASSES, HOWEVER [WE] WALKED ON TO GET OUR JOB DONE. CALGARY BASIC TRAINING [WAS] NOT TOO TOUGH FOR ME. I HAD [SPENT] A COUPLE OF YEARS IN [THE] LETHBRIDGE RESERVE ARMY[. I HAD] SPENT TIME AT SARCEE CAMP IN CALGARY SO I KNEW THE ROPES. [I RECEIVED] BASIC TRAINING AT [THE] CURRIE BARRACKS. [UPON] FIRST ARRIVAL [THERE WERE TRUCKS THAT HAD JUST ARRIVED FROM] MEWATA STADIUM. WE WERE GREETED BY A SGT MAJOR. [WE] HAD TO LISTEN TO HIM SAYING WHAT A MESS OF RECRUITS WE WERE. AS OF NOW- SMARTEN UP —STRAIGHTEN UP [AND] STAND AT ATTENTION. GET THOSE CIVILIAN GRINS OFF YOUR FACES. [YOU’RE] AT CURRY BARRACKS WHERE YOU WILL BE WHIPPED INTO SHAPE AND I DON’T MEAN MAYBE. FINALLY AFTER CHEWING US OUT SOME MORE, WE WERE MARCHED TO OUR BARRACKS HUTS [AND] ISSUED A BLANKET ETC. OUR ARMY LIFE READY TO BE SHAPED. LIGHTS OUT [AT] TEN O’CLOCK[. AT] SIX A.M. [THE] NEXT MORNING, [THERE WAS] A SERGEANT RACING THROUGH THE HUT. [HE YELLED] ‘UP AND AT IT GET THOSE BEDS MADE PROPERLY. [THE] BLANKET [WAS] TO BE FOLDED SO THE BLACK STRIPED PART WAS ABSOLUTELY THE SAME ON EVERY BED. I THINK WE HAD TWO BLANKETS, ONE FOLDED CORRECTLY, THE SECOND WRAPPED AROUND IT[. IT] HAD TO BE PERFECTION FOR INSPECTION AS IT SAT AT THE HEAD OF OUR UPPER AND LOWER BUNKS. OUR EQUIPMENT [HAD] SMALL AND LARGE PACKS[, A] KIT BAG [AND] RESPIRATOR. ALL HAD TO BE IN PERFECT POSITION. LAST OUR BOOTS. SHINED TO PERFECTION, ALMOST LIKE MIRRORS. EVEN THE SOLES ALONG THE EDGES SO IF THE TOES WERE TURNED UP A BIT AND SHOWING, ESPECIALLY TOP BUNKERS, THEY LOOKED GOOD. MEALS TURNED OUT NOT TOO BAD. [THE] PARADE SQUARE [WAS] AN UNLOVABLE PART OF OUR LIFE. QUICK MARCH, LEFT TURN, RIGHT TURN, ABOUT TURN STAN[D] AT EASE, ATTENTION, BY THE RIGHT, QUICK MARCH. SOON [IT WAS] LUNCH TIME, THEN MORE TRAINING. [THE ROUTE WAS] PROBABLY A MILE OR TWO [TO] MARCH. I MUST ADMIT, WE BECAME GOOD SOLDIERS, TOUGH AND READY TO TAKE ON WHOEVER GOT IN OUR WAY. [WHEN I WAS] IN CALGARY[, THERE WAS] FREE BOARD AND ROOM, BUT WHEN I WENT TO THE JOHN [I] PRETTY NEAR[LY] WALKED OUT. THE URINAL [WAS] EXACTLY LIKE AN EAVES TROUGH[. IT WAS] ON A SLOPE [WHERE THE] TALL GUYS COULD USE THE HIGHER END [AND THE] SMALL BOYS THE LOWER, AND THE TOILETS [WERE] SIX IN A ROW [AND THERE WERE] NO PARTITIONS SO [THERE WAS] NO PRIVACY. [I] SAT ON MY BED SOMETIMES WATCHING THE TOILET DOOR. WHEN SOMEONE CAME OUT — I DASHED IN TRYING TO GET A TOILET JOB DONE IN PRIVATE [BUT THERE WAS] NO SUCH LUCK. IF YOU WAITED FOR THAT WITH A HUNDRED MEN IN A HUT, I’M AFRAID THERE WOULD BE QUITE A FEW ACCIDENTS SO YOU LEARN THE HARD WAY [AND THE] MORNING TIME [WAS] THE WORST. SO WITH GRUNTS AND GROANS AND FARTS, YOU MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT YOU WERE IN A BATTLE AREA [WITH] SO MANY SOUNDS AND TUNES [IT] WOULD MAKE A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TAME IN COMPARISON. SO BASIC TRAINING ENDED [AND] ON TO RED DEER. JIM AND I [WERE] IN THE SAME COMPANY BUT DIFFERENT PLATOONS. I WAS PROMOTED, A ONE STRIPE WONDER [AND] SENT TO JIM’S PLATOON TO GET THEM WHIPPED INTO SHAPE. [FOR ME] RED DEER [IS] REMEMBERED AS A PERFECT HELL HOLE. LOUSY MEALS, COAL STOVE HEATED BARRACKS MEANING LOTS OF CLEANING, PARADE SQUARE AND MARCH, MARCH, MARCH. OH WELL, IT ALL CAME WITH THE JOB. WELL IF YOU THOUGHT BASIC WAS A ROUGH, TOUGH HEADACHE, ADVANCED WAS NO PICNIC. [THE] PARADE SQUARE [WAS] MUCH WORSE THAN CALGARY. SO JIM ARRIVED BACK IN CALGARY. [THE] EDMONTON MOTOR TRAINING CREW [WAS] SENT TO CALGARY TO FINISH THEIR COURSE, SO WE [WERE] TOGETHER AGAIN. [THOSE WERE] HAPPY DAYS HERE FOR ME. THE RED DEER FELLOWS AND MYSELF STUCK TOGETHER. [WE] HAD MANY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER. MANY AN EVENING I STRETCHED OUT ON MY BUNK [AND] THE FELLOWS WOULD SAY ‘COME ON GEORGE, WE’RE GOING TO THE SALLY ANN’ OR THE K OF C (KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS) SING SONG, [OR] SOME OTHER PLACES FOR ENTERTAINMENT. ‘GET YOURSELF READY BECAUSE WE’RE NOT GOING WITHOUT YOU.’ SO AWAY WE WENT[, WE] SANG OUR HEARTS OUT [AND] ENJOYED THE COFFEE AND DONUTS AFTER. JIM CAN TELL YOU MORE OF THE CALGARY DANCE. ALL I REMEMBERED [WAS THAT] THE HALL WAS JAM PACKED. INSTEAD OF WALTZING OR FOX TROTTING, I THINK I WAS JITTER BUGGING. ONE [TIME I HAD ONE] HAND IN THE AIR AND [I WAS] RAISING HELL. THE FLOOR MANAGER TAPPED MY SHOULDER, ADVISED I SIT DOWN TILL I COULD DANCE TO THE MUSIC AS IT WAS BEING PLAYED. WHAT A KILL JOY. [I] ALSO REMEMBER ONE EVENING BEING ON A STREET CAR WITH MY BUDDIES GOING SOMEWHERE[ AND IT M]UST HAVE BEEN QUITE DULL BECAUSE I TOOK ONE OF THE CHICKS INTO THE AISLE SO WE COULD DANCE. [THE S]TREET CAR DRIVER [WAS] NOT TOO HAPPY[. HE] STOPPED THE CAR AND SAID NO DANCING IN THE AISLES[;] PLEASE BE SEATED. THE BUS PATRONS [WERE] A LITTLE ANNOYED BECAUSE THEY WERE LAUGHING AND ENJOYING THE ANTICS. REALLY — WHAT AN ASS I AM. [ONE TIME I WAS] BEING HELD BY THE LEGS SO I COULD LEAN OUT THE TRAIN WINDOW TO KISS A CHICK ON THE PLATFORM GOODBYE. OUR COACH ON THE TRAIN [WAS] THE ONLY ONE THAT WAS SLAP BANG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STATION PLATFORM. ALL ALONG THE TRAIN, EACH COACH PUSHED UP THE WINDOWS. I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO SCORED WITH A CHICK. SHE WANTED MY O/SEAS ADDRESS — HOWEVER TRAIN PULLED OUT BEFORE SHE GOT ANY INFORMATION. NEXT [I BOARDED THE] QUEEN MARY AND [WENT] OVERSEAS. [WHEN I] ARRIVED [IN] ENGLAND, [I WAS] STATIONED AT FARNBOROUGH, NOT TOO FAR FROM ALDERSHOT. JIM AND I [WERE] NOT IN THE SAME BARRACK, BUT CLOSE. WE WERE [THERE IN] LATE AUGUST [OR] EARLY OR ALL SEPT (I THINK). I WAS THEN SHIPPED OUT TO 8CIBCO — RCASC — 3RD DIVISION. [I] HAD TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS BUT [I] GOT ALONG FINE. AT [THAT] TIME [I] WAS NEAR BOURNEMOUTH [AND] SOON AFTER NEAR SOUTHAMPTON. [WHEN I] SHIPPED OUT FROM BARRACKS [I WAS] INTO A FOREST AREA IN TENTS. [IT WAS MY JOB] TO START WITH AMMUNITION DETAIL AND THEN PETROL. MY UNIT HANDLED THOUSANDS OF JERRY CANS FULL OF GAS. TRUCKLOAD AFTER TRUCKLOAD [WERE] AT MY CAMP AND COVERED WITH CAMOUFLAGE. THEN ALL UNITS FROM 3RD DIV. STARTED PULLING IN FOR THIS GAS SUPPLY FOR THE INVASION OF FRANCE. [WHEN] THIS [WAS] COMPLETED, MY UNIT [WAS] SENT TO A BARRACKS CAMP NEAR STAINES. [WE] KILLED TIME [THERE]. ONE MORNING [I] GOT OUT OF BED. THE AIR [WAS] ALIVE WITH PLANES. [WE] FOUND OUT THE INVASION OF FRANCE HAD STARTED ON JUNE 6/ 1944. I WAS IN ENGLAND TILL JUL 5TH ON OVERSEAS DRAFT AND TRUCKED TO THE HARBOR. [WHEN] DARKNESS [CAME] WE FINALLY BOARDED A SHIP. [THE] TRUCK DROVE RIGHT ONTO THE SHIP. [THERE WAS] NO ONE AROUND TO TELL US WHAT TO DO [OR] WHERE TO SLEEP ETC. I CRAWLED INTO A TRUCK WHERE I SLEPT WITH A LOAD OF KIT BAGS. [I] MUST HAVE BEEN DEAD TIRED [BECAUSE I] ACTUALLY SLEPT. [THE] NEXT MORNING [I] FOUND THE ACCOMMODATIONS (TOILET — MESS HALL, WASHROOMS ETC.) WENT ON DECK. [I] NEVER SAW SUCH A SIGHT IN MY LIFE. LOTS OF SHIPS -- BUT [THEY WERE] OUTNUMBERED BY AIR BARRAGE BALLOONS. [THERE WERE] LOTS OF WIRES ON THEM ANCHORED TO THE GROUND AND SHIPS. NO JERRY PLANE WOULD EVER FLY LOW ENOUGH FOR STRAFING SO [I] FELT QUITE SAFE [FROM MOST THINGS] EXCEPT FOR BOMBING WHICH I AM GLAD NEVER TOOK PLACE. [WHEN] THE TIDE WENT OUT, THE SHIP OPENED UP AND I LANDED IN FRANCE. AS THE TRUCK DROVE OUT OF THE SHIP, I WAS ON THE BEACHES - FRENCH SOIL. [WE] DROVE INLAND AND WHEN WE STOPPED WE WERE INLAND. [O]UR KITCHEN TRUCK WAS SET UP. OUR MEAL OF POSSIBLY PORK AND BEANS AND SPAM (CAN’T REALLY REMEMBER) WAS A FEAST TO SAY THE LEAST. THEN CAME MAIL TIME. FROM THE DAY OF THE INVASION, WE HAD NO MAIL IN ENGLAND BUT IT CAME RIGHT TO FRANCE. [THERE WERE] LETTERS TO READ [AND] PARCELS TO OPEN. WE WERE HAVING A BALL EATING THE GOODIES. [IT WAS] WARTIME [BUT THERE] DIDN’T SEEM TO BE MUCH AROUND TO REMIND US. THEN DARKNESS SET IN. [THERE WERE] GERMAN PLANES OVERHEAD, FLOOD LIGHTS LIGHTING UP THE SKY — ACK, ACK FIRING. I RAN AND LAID UNDER A TRUCK. [I] PUT MY HEAD NEAR A TIRE. [I] THOUGHT I MIGHT NEED THAT IF A FEW BOMBS WERE DROPPED AND [THERE WAS] SHRAPNEL FLYING. HOWEVER, NOTHING DRASTIC TOOK PLACE. [I] DON’T THINK ANYONE CRAPPED THEIR DRAWERS [BUT] WE WERE SCARED SHITLESS. SO [THE] WAR [WAS] NOW RIGHT AT OUR BACK DOOR. [THE] NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS [WERE] REALLY HECTIC. I WAS AT THE RATION POINT ONE AFTERNOON. [THERE WERE] QUITE A FEW PLANES IN THE AIR (BOTH GERMAN AND OUR OWN). [IT WAS THE] FIRST TIME WE HAD WITNESSED DOG FIGHTS BUT [WE] LEARNED A GOOD LESSON: KEEP ALERT AND PROTECTED, BECAUSE WITHOUT MUCH WARNING, [THERE WAS] A GERMAN PLANE [FLYING] LOW AND MACHINE GUNNING. HE WAS COMING OUR WAY FROM THE WEST. I RAN BEHIND A STACK OF RATIONS [ON THE] EAST SIDE. AS THAT PLANE FLEW BY, I COULD SEE THE AVIATOR. NONE OF US ON THE RATION POINT WERE INJURED, BUT [I] HEARD LATER A CHILD [WAS] KILLED IN A FIELD. AND AN HOUR LATER, [THERE WAS SOME] VERY BAD NEWS. OUR HEADQUARTERS TRUCK [THAT] WAS TAKING SOME OF THE HEADQUARTERS PLATOON MEN TO THE MOBILE BATH [WAS HIT]. THIS SAME PLANE DROPPED AN EXPLOSIVE THAT LANDED RIGHT AMONG THE MEN IN THE TRUCK AND EXPLODED. I’M NOT SURE, BUT I THINK THREE WERE KILLED AND [THERE WERE] INJURIES GALORE. IT HIT MY PLATOON BADLY. [A] SERGEANT AND CORPORAL (FROM MY PLATOON WHO I WORKED WITH MANY TIMES) WERE BOTH INJURED. [B]OTH SO BADLY THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO RETURN TO OUR UNIT. [I] HEARD LATER [THAT] THE SERGEANT WAS BLINDED FOR LIFE AS HIS FACE TOOK THE EXPLOSION. THEY WERE BOTH SHIPPED BACK TO ENGLAND [AND] LATER [TO] CANADA I THINK. I NEVER SAW THEM AGAIN, BUT DID RECEIVE A PARCEL FROM THE CORPORAL FROM CANADA. SO [IT WAS] TOUGH GOING FOR A LITTLE WHILE LONGER. [I] MOVED PRETTY NEARLY EVERY DAY. [THERE WAS] PLENTY OF WORK UNLOADING TRUCKS WITH RATION SUPPLIES. AFTER THAT, [THERE WAS] A SLIT TRENCH TO DIG FOR PROTECTION NEARLY EVERY EVENING. SOME GUYS [WERE] SAYING [THAT] WE WILL PROBABLY MOVE TOMORROW. SO [THEY DECIDED TO] JUST SET UP A CANVAS PROTECTION FOR A LITTLE COMFORT AS WE READIED FOR BED. MY PARTNER AND I DECIDED THAT, STILL BEING IN DANGER TERRITORY, WE PICKED AND SHOVELED OUT A HOLE IN THE GROUND 6’ LONG, ABOUT 4’ WIDE [AND] PERHAPS 2’ DEEP. THAT IS A SAFETY HOLE AGAINST BOMB FRAGMENTS BUT NOT FOR STRAFING. SOON ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. BEFORE YOU COULD SAY “OH MY GOD WHAT’S GOING ON,” ABOUT 5 OTHER FELLOWS RAN TO OUR TRENCH FOR PROTECTION. SHORTLY AFTER WHEN IT GOT A LITTLE QUIETER, I OPENED THE TENT FLAP. IT WAS LIGHT AS DAY. [T]HE JERRIES HAD FLOWN BACK AND FORTH RELEASED FLARES THAT WERE FLOATING DOWN TO EARTH, SO I SAID ‘SEEMS LIKE ALL’S CLEAR,’ THEN ANOTHER FELLOW SAID ‘HORNICK, YOU FARTED RIGHT IN MY FACE.’ SO HORNICK REPLIED ‘WHERE ELSE COULD I HAVE FARTED WHEN WE ARE NOSE TO ASS IN A SLIT TRENCH DUG FOR TWO AND SHELTERING SEVEN.’ WE ALL HAD A GOOD LAUGH [IT] BROKE THE TENSION. I RAN TO THE OFFICE LORRY. A SGT. WAS SPEECHLESS WITH FEAR. I COULD SMELL RUM WHICH WAS KEPT IN A PART OF THE OFFICE TENTING. A PIECE OF SHRAPNEL HAD PIERCED A WOODEN BOX AND BROKE ONE OF TWO FOUR GALLON JARS WHICH WERE PACKED IN SAWDUST IN A CRATE. FINALLY [I] GOT TO [GO TO] BED. [THE] NEXT MORNING [I] FOUND OUT SOME NEARBY PETROL COMPANY HAD BEEN HIT AND A FEW GAS FIRES HAD OCCURRED. ALSO ABOUT HALF A MILE AWAY, A GERMAN PLANE HAD BEEN HIT AND CRASHED CLOSE TO OUR CAMP. THE SGT. ABOVE WENT BERSERK AND SHIPPED BACK TO ENGLAND. [I] NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN. SO ALL THIS HAPPENED BEFORE CAEN WAS BOMB BLASTED [AND THE] CANADIAN TROOPS MOVED IN. I CAN’T REMEMBER BEING IN CAEN. UP THROUGH FRANCE, [THE] CANADIANS WERE WELL LIKED BY THE FRENCH PEOPLE WE MET AND SPOKE TO WHILE WE WERE PASSING ON OUR WAY. [WHEN WE] REACHED BELGIUM [WE] ENJOYED THE COUNTRYSIDE. [THERE WAS] STILL LOTS OF WORK [TO DO, BUT THERE WAS] ALSO SOME TIME FOR SOCIAL LIFE. I HAD QUITE A FEW BUMPY RIDES RIDING THE BACK SADDLE OF HARVS MOTORCYCLE. HE WAS A DISPATCH RIDER FOR OUR PLATOON. [I] DID SOME DANCING AND [HAD] A FEW BEERS AT THE NEAR CAMP TAVERNS HOWEVER, [WE] MOVED FORWARD OFTEN AND IN HOLLAND [THE] WAR WEARY PEOPLE TREATED US WELL. TIME [WAS] PASSING BY AND I WOULD SAY POSSIBLY IN NOVEMBER, LOTS OF EUROPE [WAS] NOW RID OF THE ENEMY. [IT WAS] MUCH EASIER WORKING AND [WE HAD] FAR GREATER SAFETY. WE HAD SO MUCH TERRITORY TO SET UP OUR RATION POINT AND TENT AREAS [THE] GERMANS BEING TOO BUSY RETREATING. [HOWEVER,] THE FIGHTING UNITS [WERE] STILL HAVING IT TOUGH AS WE ADVANCED. ALONG THE WAY WE STOPPED AT A FARM HOUSE YARD. THREE OR FOUR OF US SLEPT IN A SHED WHERE SOME SACKS OF ANIMAL FEED WERE STORED. IN THAT PART OF HOLLAND, COW BARNS WERE ATTACHED TO THE HOUSES. I WAS INFORMED THAT HOUSES WERE WARMER IN WINTER BECAUSE CATTLE GIVE OFF HEAT. [THE] BARNS [WERE] QUITE COSY, SO [THE] BARN WALL WAS ALSO A HOUSE WALL AND THAT HELPED HOUSES FOR WARMTH. I WAS ALSO SHOCKED NEXT MORNING WHEN I SAW SO MANY RATS ON THE FARMYARD. SO [OUR] NEXT STOP WAS NYMEGEN. OUR RATION POINT [WAS] SET UP [AND] WE WERE HERE FOR THE WINTER. ALSO [I WAS] TOLD IF FAMILIES WOULD TAKE US IN, THAT WOULD BE FINE. EVERY ONE OF THE PLATOON HAD PLACES TO SLEEP, USUALLY ABOUT TWO TO A HOUSE. HARV AND I [WERE] AT A PLACE WHERE THERE WAS FOUR CHILDREN. [WE] HAD A GROUND FLOOR BEDROOM. WE ENJOYED OUR TIME HERE. [THE] HOT WATER [WAS] ALWAYS READY IN THE MORNING FOR SHAVING. [THERE WAS A] NICE BED [AND A] VERY CLEAN HOUSE. THE PEOPLE WERE GOOD TO US AND WITH PARCELS FROM HOME AND GETTING A FEW THINGS FROM OUR RATION POINT (COFFEE, SUGAR, PERHAPS AN ODD TIN OF SPAM [OR] PORK AND BEANS) THE FAMILY HAD A BIT OF A TREAT. [THE] HOLLAND PEOPLE WERE STARVING AND LITTLE KIDS CAME TO OUR CAMP HOLDING OUT A POT SO WE WOULD DUMP OUR BREAKFAST PORRIDGE WE DID NOT EAT INTO THEIR POT INSTEAD OF OUR SLOP HOLE. THAT CHILD’S FACE WAS A SIGHT TO SEE AS THEY PUT ON A SMILE BEFORE THEY WENT HOME TO DIVIDE UP THE FOOD WITH THEIR PARENTS. SO [AS] TIME MARCHE[D] ON [WE] LEFT OUR WINTER QUARTERS AND HEADED NORTH. SOON I WAS IN GERMANY. [THERE WAS A] LOT OF DESTRUCTION AND HEART BREAKING SIGHTS. SOME PLACES [WERE] BOMBED TO HELL. IF YOU ENTERED A BOMBED HOUSE, WHAT A MESS. CLOTHES IN CUPBOARDS, FOOD ON TABLES, LOVELY FURNITURE, PIANOS, EVERYTHING [HAD BEEN] LEFT AS OWNERS RAN OUT FOR SHELTER. I GUESS MANY NEVER TO RETURN. [THE] WEATHER [WAS] NOW VERY SPRING LIKE. [IT WAS] GETTING WARM AND NICE. ONE MORNING, [I] WAS AT THE OFFICE LORRY [WHEN] MY SERGEANT CAME ALONG. [HIS] FIRST WORDS [WERE] ‘HOW’S THE COFFEE POT’. [I SAID] ‘FRESH BREW, JUST MADE.’ SO I POURED TWO CUPS. [W]E SAT AROUND IN THE SUN AND HAD A GREAT TALK. HE SAID ‘WELL GEORGE, THE GERMANS [ARE] ON THE RUN, [IT] SEEMS LIKE THE FIGHTING [IS] COMING TO AN END, WHAT [ARE YOUR] PLANS FOR THE FUTURE. SO I SAID [I HAD] NO PLANS AT THE MOMENT.’ ... [THE SERGEANT REPLIED,] 'MAYBE YOU DON’T REALIZE IT GEORGE, BUT THE CAPT., MYSELF [AND] ALL THE BOYS, EVERYONE FEELS [THAT] YOU’RE THE BEST AND WOULD POSSIBLY GIVE THEIR LIFE FOR YOU IF THAT BECAME NECESSARY IN THE FUTURE.’ NOW [AT THE] WAR[‘S] END [ON] MAY 5TH OR 8TH, [I] CAN’T REMEMBER NOW WHEN ALL THE SIGNING TOOK PLACE. I AM AWAY UP NEAR THE NORTH GERMAN COAST. JIM MENTIONED [THAT] HE WAS AT OLDENBURG, SO I WAS CLOSE TO HIM WITHOUT KNOWING. I REMEMBER ALSO NOT TOO FAR AWAY WAS WILHELMSHAVEN AND BREMERHAVEN. [I] NEVER GOT TO [GO TO] EITHER PLACE, BUT [I] HEARD [THAT IN] ONE OR BOTH OF THESE CITIES WERE THE GERMAN U BOATS OR SUBMARINES HEADQUARTERS. [I] GUESS I CAN SAY IT NOW, G.H.R FIGHTING AND WORKING HIS BACKSIDE OFF WHILE HIS BUDDIES CROSSING THE CHANNEL FOR SCOTLAND. ALL I CAN ADD IS SUCH LOYALTY TO THE SERVICE MADE ME THE BEST OF THE THREE (HARVEY AND JIM) TO BE ABLE TO CLAIM MORE THAN THEM FOR FIGHTING HARDER, SUFFERING MORE, STRUGGLING DAY AFTER DAY. [Y]OU WHO READ THIS — WHO WOULD YOU SAY WON THE WAR. NEAR THE END OF JANUARY 1946 (I THINK) I [WAS] AGAIN ON [THE] CANADA DRAFT. [I] SHIPPED OUT TO A PLACE CALLED COVE TO AWAIT A SHIP COMING TO SOUTHAMPTON HARBOR. I THINK I SAILED AROUND FEBRUARY 15TH. [THERE WAS] QUITE AN EXCITEMENT FOR ME BOARDING THE QUEEN ELIZABETH. [I] WAVED GOODBYE TO OLD ENGLAND [WHERE I HAD MADE] SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES. [IT WAS] 2 ½ YEARS AWAY FROM HOME COMING TO AN END, [I] HAD TO SUFFER THROUGH A BIT MORE SEA SICKNESS BEFORE LANDING IN NEW YORK [WHICH WAS] QUITE A SIGHT SEEING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ETC. [IT WAS] AWHILE BEFORE WE LEFT [THE] SHIP [AND WERE] HERDED ONTO A TRAIN[. IT] SEEMED LIKE WEEKS BEFORE WE CAME TO MEDICINE HAT. [THERE WERE] QUITE A FEW [THAT] LEFT THE TRAIN TO WAIT FOR A TRAIN TO LETHBRIDGE, CROWSNEST PASS AND ON TO B.C. WITH FELLOWS GOING THERE. [I] ARRIVED [IN] LETHBRIDGE AFTER NINE, [IT WAS A] WONDERFUL TRAIN EXIT AND MEETING MOM, DAD, THELMA, DAVE OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. [WHEN I] CAME HOME [WE] PARTY’D FOR AWHILE [WE HAD A] FEW DRINKS AND TOASTS. DAD HAD TO GET TO BED EARLY [HE HAD] TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT AND FEW TOO MANY DRINKS. IMAGINE CRAWLING INTO MY OWN BED [FOR THE] FIRST TIME SINCE MY EMBARKATION LEAVE IN AUGUST /1943 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING A FULL COPY OF GEORGE HENRY RIDGEWAY’S REMEMBRANCES, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE AND ASSOCIATED DONATION TO GALT ARCHIVES.
Catalogue Number
P20100023001
Acquisition Date
2010-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.E.M.E. BERET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, COPPER
Catalogue Number
P20100022002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.E.M.E. BERET
Date
1944
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, COPPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.4
Length
24.9
Width
25.7
Description
GREEN WOOL BERET. BERET IS ROUND WOOL CAP WITH SLIGHTLY NARROWED LEATHER HEAD BAND. HEAD BAND SPLITS AT BACK. TWO COPPER ISLETS AT RIGHT. DARK BLUE LINING. AT FRONT OF BERET IS CAP BADGE WITH TWO LOOPS AT BACK. LOOPS ARE THROUGH WOOL AND ATTACHED INSIDE WITH CORRODED SAFETY PIN. PORTION OF CLEAR PLASTIC HAS BEEN PLACED BETWEEN LINING AND SAFETY PIN. INSIDE IS STAMPED, “GRAND ‘ MERE, KNITTING, COMPANY, LIMITED, BERET 1944, SIZE 7 ¼.” BADGE HAS KING'S CROWN AT TOP WITH BANNER ACROSS BOTTOM WHICH READS "R.C.E.M.E.." BETWEEN BANNER AND CROWN ARE THREE CRESTS CONNECTED BY RING OF LEAVES. FOUR SMALL MOTH HOLES AT REAR RIGHT AND MID LEFT EDGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
BERET WAS ISSUED TO FREDERICK ALEXANDER KEIVER DURING HIS SERVICE IN WWII. IT CAME INTO DONOR JIM KEIVER’S POSSESSION AFTER HIS FATHER’S DEATH IN 1975. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS RETRIEVED FROM LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA, PLEASE SEE P20100022001. GALT ARCHIVES HAS A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH (20081074002) THAT DEPICTS KEIVER ON A HOCKEY TEAM WHICH PREDATES HIS MILITARY SERVICE.
Catalogue Number
P20100022002
Acquisition Date
2010-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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