Looking for Canadian stories

Discussion in 'Canadian' started by girl reporter, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. girl reporter

    girl reporter Junior Member

    Hello -- I am a journalist at The Gazette in Montreal where I am working on a story for the Nov. 7 edition on adult children trying to understand their fathers' war experiences -- often stories which the father did not share with their families when they returned from the Second World War or Korea. I am seeking first hand experiences in the quest for information about Canadian soldiers living or dead. I would love to talk to some of you about what prompted your search and what it is revealing about what happened to your father as a young man.

    I can be reached at pcurran@thegazette.canwest.com to arrange an interview or email conversation
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    17 Canadians were awarded the VC during WW2, one twice. You could try and speak to their children and get the spin on not only how the children re-acted to their father being away but also how the publicity that comes with being awarded a VC affected the whole family?

  3. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    17 Canadians were awarded the VC during WW2, one twice.

    these are the Canadians who were awarded the VC in WW2. Who got it twice?

    Second World War (16)
    COSENS Aubrey
    CURRIE David Vivian
    FOOTE John Weir
    GRAY Robert Hampton
    HOEY Charles Ferguson
    HORNELL David Ernest
    MAHONY John Keefer
    MERRITT Charles C.I.
    MYNARSKI Andrew C.
    OSBORN John Robert
    PETERS Frederick Thornton
    SMITH Ernest Alvia
    TILSTON Frederick Albert
    TOPHAM Frederick George
    TRIQUET, Paul

    Are you thinking of the New Zealander Charles Upham?

  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    My error mate
  5. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Like the medal - a rare moment!

    The number has been firmly in my mind since working on the Triquet piece.

  6. Stig O'Tracy

    Stig O'Tracy Senior Member

    A Canadian with a truly bizarre WW2 experience would be Bruno Friesen. Bruno was born in Canada and grew up in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. When he was 17 his father had the great idea that he would move his family from Canada to Nazi Germany :confused:. This was 6 months before the outbreak of WW2, what he didn't read the news papers?

    Anyway our friend Bruno first finds himself as a labourer on a farm and is ultimately drafted into the Wehrmacht and spens 1944 - 1945 on the Russian front as a Panzer gunner in Mk IV and finally in a Jagdpanzer Mk IV.

    Bruno wrote about his war experiences in "Panzer Gunner: A Canadian in the German 7th Panzer Division, 1944 - 1945". Bruno now lives in Ottawa and works for the National War Museum.
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  7. girl reporter

    girl reporter Junior Member

    thanks for the good leads.

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