Service Men - Gaganoff - Given

195 - Gaganoff, W. (Wes) – OS RCNVR
- Feb/45, p.1 – “…the following have arrived overseas…OS Wes Gaganoff (V-89911) % HMCS Niobe Glasgow Scotland
- May/45, p.5 – (in a letter from E. Silvester) “There are four of us Powell River boys here and as far as I can make out they (include) Syd [sic?] Gaganoff…”
196 - Gairns, Bob – WO2 RCAF
SM-Gairns, Bob – WO2 RCAFSM-Gairns, Bob – WO2 RCAF-2
(PH002162) (PH002162-2)
- May/43, p.4 - (in a letter from Charlie Murray) “Have just arrived over here, along with Bob Gairns…)”
- May/44, p.2 - “To date…Bobbie Gairns… (is an) official prisoner.”
- Jun/44, p.2 – “In case we forgot to tell you, Bobby Gairns is a prisoner of war in Germany.”
- Apr/45, p.1 - “Everybody anxious to hear about our prisoners of war. We have Tommy Gardiner, Bob Gairns, Joe Davenport, Gordon Cooper in various camps.”
- May/45, p.1 – “Good news about our prisoners of war. The whole shebang have turned up and are in England, in Canada or on their way. Tommy Gardiner and Bob Gairns were the last to turn up. Both were in camps overrun by the Russians and were late in reporting.”
- Jun/45, p.2 - “WO Bobby Gairns blew in last week after a couple years’ captivity under the Hun. Was picked up by the Russians and takes a very dim view of their social and sanitary graces.”
197 – Gairns, G.A. – RCAF
198 - Gallagher, Bert(ram) – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas
- Jan/44, p.4 – (in a letter from Bill Gallagher) “…and had a couple of leaves with my brother in London.”
- Apr/44, p.3 – FO Gallagher, B. (J-24213) RCAF Overseas [note: likely an error, as this is Bill Gallagher’s serial number – see below]

- May/44, p.4 – (in a letter from G. Gibson) “Bert Gallagher was here (England) on leave and is now posted to a Mosquito Squadron.”
- Sep/44, p.3 – “And special congrats to Flying Officer Bertie Gallagher for his share in that “double kill” over France recently. Bertie’s Mosquito knocked out two JU-88’s on one afternoon.”
- Mar/45, p.2 – “And here are a few messages we promised to send…Doug Taylor’s best to Bertie and Bill Gallagher.”
199 - Gallagher, W. (Bill) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF England
SM-Gallagher, W. (Bill) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF EnglandSM-Gallagher, W. (Bill) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF England-2
(PH002194) (PH002337) (Bill on left; Jack Cadwallader on right)
- Vol.18/1942/No.10-Oct. p.8 – “…Bill Gallagher graduated as (a) Pilot Officer…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.12-Dec. p.13 – “…in recent weeks comes word of the exploits of our own Flying Officer Bill Gallager, co-pilot on a coastal bomber that sank an enemy U-boat in the Bay of Biscay.”
- Jan/44, p.2 – “…and Bill Gallagher, who has been playing hide and seek with Jerry U-Boats in the Bay of Biscay, is up a notch to Flying Officer.”
- Jan/44, p.4 – (J-24213) “The News Letter has been coming along regularly and its great, even the tragic passages about the liquor shortage. Have met Gord Kipp, Jimmie MacGregor and Dick Jacobs, and had a couple of leaves with my brother in London. What a town that is!”
- Feb/44, p.2 – “And did you hear about Flying Officer Bill Gallagher’s remark, after strolling innocently down Piccadilly. “Gosh”, said Bill, blushing, “A lot of these English girls mistook me for someone they knew. Honestly, I really didn’t know them??”
- Dec/44, p.1 – “Alf Tate has been promoted to Flight Lieutenant, in which lofty atmosphere he will find many old pals, including…Bill Gallagher…”
- Mar/45, p.2 - “And here are a few messages we promised to send…Doug Taylor’s best to Bertie and Bill Gallagher.”
- Jul/46, p15 – “…on the Bay of Biscay patrol was Flying Officer [sic] Bill Gallagher, mentioned in dispatches for participation in submarine sinking.”
200 - Gallicano, W.B. (Bernarr) – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas
SM-Gallicano, W.B. (Bernarr) – Flying Officer RCAF OverseasSM-Gallicano, W.B. (Bernarr) – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas-2SM-Gallicano, W.B. (Bernarr) – Flying Officer RCAF Overseas-3
(PH002176) (PH002176-2) (PH002176-3)
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.7 – (photo caption) “Cadet NCO’s stand for inspection by their OC. They are Sergt. Gallicano, Corp. David Hughes, Corp. Gordie Fullerton and Corp. Grant Dallas. All boys attended the Powell River High School.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.15 – “For eighteen months, cadet training has been compulsory in BC High Schools. In Powell River, the Air Force and Army cadets have been training steadily for the past year…Already the local cadets have begun to send their graduates to the armed forces…From the Air Cadets, Sergt. Bernarr Gallicano and Ivan Hansen have gone into the RCAF…Bernarr Gallicano has held the rank of Cadet Sergt. and is considered one of the smartest cadet NCO’s in Britiish Columbia. Ex Servicemen who have watched this boy drill his company have pronounced him a natural soldier. His loss will be keenly felt by the corps.”
- Jun/44, p.3 – “Pilot Officer Bernarr Gallicano, who has been instructing at Abbotsford…(was) among recent “furloughers”.”
- Sep/44, p.2 – “Bernarr Gallicano has been upped to Flying Officer, which is good going Bernarr.”
- Nov/44, p.3 - (in a letter from “Spud” Raimondo} “Have run across…Bernarr Gallicano…”
- Dec/44, p.2 – Bernarr Gallicano goes up to Flying Officer.”
201 – Gandy, Bill
- Vol.16/1940/No.9-Sep. p.4/5 – “Our next note came from the Navy, from Dan Wallace… He says: “We had a real Powell River gathering in Victoria recently, Harry Dunn, Sandy Allen [sic], Sam Rees, Bill Gandy, Charlie (??) , ‘Scotty’ Abbott and myself, so figure it out for yourself.”
202 - Gann, H.T. (Herman) – Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.12 – “The presence of Mrs. Harman Gann, wife of Sgt. Gann, was one of the bright spots of the (Beaver Club) reunion. Mrs. Gann clicked with the local contingent.”
- Jul/44, p.1 - “And our thanks again for all the Army papers sent in…to Herman Gann for the highly prized copies of “Green Center Line”.”
- Aug/44, p.1 – “A special kudo to Sgt. Hermann [sic] Gann for those copies of “Green Gills”.
- Nov/44, p.3 – (K-100111) Lake Superior Regt. (M) CAO “Thanks for all the smokes and News Letters. Hit the jackpot last week with two lots of 900 smokes in two weeks…also passed them along to the boys who were not so lucky, and they send their thanks. Our’s [sic] is a Motor Battalion and there are only two in the Cdn. Army…Am pretty lucky for another reason. My wife presented me with a baby girl on the 28
th. October.”
- Apr/45, p.4 – “…As I write this I am in a quiet German village enjoying one of the Company’s fags. This village is quiet enough, but the last thing it looks like now is a village. Looks more like the old Hog Fuel Pile…See “Moose” Monsell and Fred Mitchell quite regularly. They are in the BCR’s and close at hand. Another Sgt. in this outfit is Sammy Draginouch of Wildwood. He was an old pal of Bob Redhead and the Price boys will remember him. He used to be on our old ball team up there…We are all set for the final drive…My wife and I both hope to see you all in Powell River at the Reunion.”
- Jul/46, p12 - “…and Harman [sic] Gann (was) in the fight to close the Falaise Gap.”
203 - Gardiner, T.H. (Tommy) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF Middle East
SM-Gardiner, T.H. (Tommy) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF Middle EastSM-Gardiner, T.H. (Tommy) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF Middle East-2SM-Gardiner, T.H. (Tommy) – Flight Lieutenant RCAF Middle East-3
(PH002157) (PH002158-2) (PH002158-3)
-Vol.16/1940/No.8-Aug. p.16 – “In recent weks Tommy Gardiner, of the office, popular all ‘round athelete, headed east to commence training as a pilot.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.9-Sep. p.5 – “Back in Brandon, Manitoba, Tommy Gardiner, ex-office staff and all-round athlete, now training as a pilot, is still his old vigorous self. In a recent letter Tommy tells something of his impressions of life in the Air Force barracks. “The barracks are very spacious. There are over 1200 stationed here. Just try to picture the scene as the mess bell rings and 2400 legs drive ‘all out’ for the grub pile. You have to drive-or you are liable to go without. The grub is good considering the quantity they dish out to this hungry mob…We can make our own amusement here. We are fortunate in having dozens of accomplished musicians, also ping-pong, billiards, pool, darts, cards, piano, radio and numerous other forms of diversion…The RCAF boys are a swell gang on the whole, but there are one or two of the usual smart guys who think they are much too good to drill, etc. I have my eye on a couple of birds I’m going to take apart some night, just for a little recreation.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.12-Dec. p.16 – “And Tommy Gardiner, ex-office man, and all-round athletic star, is going through [the] intensive process of his final examination, which he hopes will turn out Pilot Officer T. Gardiner. Tommy says the maths he learned at school are child’s play to the stuff he takes now-trigonometry, algebra,aeronautics, navigation with a bunch of side slips and barrel rolls thrown in. Tommy has his eye on the Fleet Air Arm-but that matter will be reserved for a later decision.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.1-Jan. p. 8/9 – “Tommy Gardiner, of the office, writes…”I have completed over fifty hours in the air-and believe me, all the work I have ever done in my life was pie to this job. But, it’s great stuff, and I’m getting alone fine. Took the old kite up last week and put her through a few rolls and loops-am looking forward to getting on one of the big Bombers-and, boy, am I sweating on the day I let those eggs off over Berlin.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “Four potential aces returned home for a brief visit last week, each wearing the wings of the RCAF on his tunic-and each a graduate of the Commonwealth Air Training Schools…(including)…Tommy Gardiner…”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “A few days after graduating as (a) Sergeant-Pilot, Tommy Gardiner (was) notified of (his) promotion to the commissioned rank of Pilot Officer.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – (photo caption) “Pilot Officer Tommy Gardiner stands to attention as the camp commandant pins on his wings. Tommy received his commission a few days aftre graduating.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.2 – “Somewhere in the East, possibly India or Burma, is Pilot Officer Tommy Gardiner, flying the latest thing in bombers.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “Tommy Gardiner, our lacrosse and basketball star, spent a glorious ten days’ leave in London and way points with an officer of the Australian forces. Several weeks later Tommy turns up in Cairo, along with Sergt.-Obs. Harry Cooper and Sergt. Robin Leese. Both boys visited Cape Town
en route, and they have already travelled more than half the distance around the globe.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.8-Aug. p.8 – “Our narrative now takes a quick dash back to June 23
rd of this year. The entire district has just learned, with unanimous regret, that Pilot Officer Tommy Gardiner, one of our most popular youngsters, was reported missing in operations over the Ionian Sea. Tommy was last seen as his Beaufort dived to attack an Italian convoy. For a month no further word of his fate was received. Hope dwindled, save among his athlete pals, who felt the resourceful Tommy would somehow”pull it off” again, as he had in many a tight corner on the lacrosse, basketball or baseball fields. On July 23rd, one month to the day, his father, Fire Chief Dave Gardiner, received a cable stating that “Your son, Pilot Officer Thomas Gardiner, is a prisioner of war in Italy.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.12 – “Two local boys, Tommy Gardener and Joe Davenport have been officially listed as prisoners of war. Pilot Officer Tommy Gardener (sic), son of Fire Chief Dave Gardener (sic) and former office employee, was posted as missing on May 23, following an attack on an Italian convoy in the Ionian Sea. One month later his parents were cheered and the entire district gratified to hear that Tommy had been picked up at sea and was a prisoner in Italy. This will be welcome news to Tommy’s many friends in the overseas forces. The local boy was Captain of a Beaufort plane when brought down, presumably by anti-aircraft fire off Sicily.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.10-Oct. p.9 – “Fire Chief Dave Gardiner has received a brief note from his son, Pilot Officer Tommy Gardiner, now a prisoner of war in Italy. Tommy reports he is wounded and doing as well as can be expected. This will be good news to Tommy’s pals in the overseas forces.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.11-Nov. p.8 – “Now to Italy for a brief look in on Flying Officer Tommy Gardiner, now a prisoner of war. The announcement of his promotion to Flying Officer has just come through. Tommy is doing all right. Congratulations, Tommy. The boys are all pulling for you.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.12-Dec. p.4 – “…we will toast Flying Officer Tommy Gardiner and Pte. Joe Davenport, and wish them good luck and a quick release from their Italian and German prison camps.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.12-Dec. p.4 – “Most Powell Riverites have read the thrilling story of Flying Officer Tommy Gardiner’s narrow escape from death in the Mediterranean. His plane was brought down by “flack” during a brush with a portion of the Italian Navy. Tommy found himself on an empty petrol tank surrounded by a sea of burning oil. He dived, swam under water and cleared the danger zone. An Italian destroyer came up and rescued Tommy and his observer. The Powell River boy suffered slight burns and received light shrapnel wounds. He is in an Italian prison camp-where he will spend Christmas.”
- Apr/43, p.3 – (in a letter from Art Mawn) “…with Tommy Gardiner in goal and we could give any of these smart Scottish amateurs a run for their money.”
- Jul/43, p.5/6 - Flying Officer Thos. Henry Gardiner (J-5919) Canadian Prisoner of War, Campo Concentramento, PGN 35 – PM 3400 ITALY.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.11-Nov. p.10 – “Three more of our boys, Flt. Lieut. Tommy Gardiner, Pte. Joe Davenport and Sgt.-Pilot Frank Granger, are prisoners of war. High hopes were entertained that Tommy Gardiner, in an Italian prisoner camp south of Naples, might have been released or escaped before the Italian surrender. These hopes have dimmed as word came through of the sordid intrigue and double dealings that featured the selfish gyrations of venal Italian officials around this period.”
- Feb/44, p.1 - “…Tommy ahs spent most of his time in recent months flying from one prison camp to another. His present address is Flt. Lt. Gardiner, T. RCAF Stalag Luft. III Prisoner of War #3204 Germany.”
- May/44, p.2 – “From reports, Tommy Gardiner was not in the recent prison break in Germany. The only reason we can think of is that he had just arrived at that camp and didn’t know the ropes.”
- Dec/44, p.1 - “Alf Tate ahs been promoted to Flight Lieutenant, in which lofty atmosphere he will find many old pals, including…Tommy Gardiner.”
- Apr/45, p.1 - “Everybody anxious to hear about our prisoners of war. We have Tommy Gardiner, Bob Gairns, Joe Davenport, Gordon Cooper in various camps.”
- May/45, p.1 - “Good news about our prisoners of war. The whole shebang have turned up and are in England, in Canada or on their way. Tommy Gardiner and Bob Gairns were the last to turn up. Both were in camps overrun by the Russians and were late in reporting.”
- Jun/45, p.2 – “Tommy Gardiner will be in next week. His homecoming will be rather an empty one after the death of his father a month ago.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.12-Dec. p.15- “ re: Cover Picture – Flt. Lieut. Tommy Gardiner stands up for the Air Force. Tommy was shot down into the Mediterranean following an attack on the Italian fleet. He was a prisoner of war in Italy for over a year, then transferred to Germany. He was “liberated” by the Russians.”
- Jul/46, p14 – “On June 23 of that same year (1942), Flying Officer Tommy Gardiner, in charge of a Beaufort, sighted a portion of the Italian fleet on a Libyan convoy. He maneouvered [sic] to attack, and came in low through a hail of anti-aircraft fire. His plane was hit and shot down. Tommy, who had been knocked unconscious, came to, as the waters of the “Med” closed over him. A strong swimmer, he swam through the debris of his plane and a sea of flaming oil to an Italian destroyer a few hundred years [sic] away. He was taken prisoner by the Italians, interned in Italy. On the eve of the Sicilian invasion he was transferred to a German prison camp, where he remained until the Russian advance overran his compound. After varying fortunes with the Soviet forces, Tommy was liberated and repatriated to Canada.”
204 - X Gaudet, R.C. (Reg) – Pilot Officer RCAF Overseas
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “Powell River was well represented in the latest contingent [to reach Britain]. Among the Air Force group (was) WAG Regie Gaudet…”
- Jul/46, p13 - “How well we remember these lads, because they were first in battle and were in our minds and hearts for so long…(including) Reg Gaudet…- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
205 - Gauthier, F. – Gunner RCA
- Feb/45, p.1 – “Latest arrivals…include…Pte. F. Gauthier (K-573509) #1 CARU RCA CAO”
206 - Gebbie, Jack – Lieutenant Canadian Army Overseas
SM-Gebbie, Jack – Lieutenant Canadian Army OverseasSM-Gebbie, Jack – Lieutenant Canadian Army Overseas-2SM-Gebbie, Jack – Lieutenant Canadian Army Overseas-3
(PH002191) (on left) (PH002284) (PH002284-2)
-Vol.16/1940/No.8-Aug. p.16 – And to the Westminster Machine Gun Regiment went four of our most popular and athletic employees, Alt Anderson, Jack Gebbie, “Baldy” Haddock, and Jimmy Hall.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.12-Dec. p.7 – “Jack Gebbie, assistant beater-room foreman, is learning how to assemble and dismantle a Vickers gun.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.4-Apr. p.16 – “Jack Gebbie, former assistant beater room foreman, and one of the best all round athletes ever developed in Powell River, has received his first promotion. Jack is now Lance Corporal Gebbie-and anyone knowing him will gamble this is only a beginning.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.11-Nov. p.7 – “Jack Gebbie, of the Westminster Regiment, is now Lance-Sergeant.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “The Fifth (Armoured) Division finds Powell River equally well represented. In the smart New Westminster Regiment are a group of well known athletes and citizens. They include Sergt. Jack Gebbie, one of our best all-round athletes and former assistant superintendent in the beater room…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.10-Oct. p.8 – “Sergeant Jack Gebbie, of the Westminsters, and his pal, Bat MacIntyre, are both edging close to their commissions.”
- Feb/43, p.3 – “Jack Gebbie is sweating on his commission.”
- Apr/43, p.3 – (as Sgt.) “Last May six of our sergeants were sent as instructors and disciplinarians to the Cape Breton Highlanders. I was one of the unlucky ones. Right now I am attending an OTU at Aldershot. It is the old Sandhurst OTU. All the instructors are from the Brigade of Guards and you know what that means. Am also getting a chance to play a little basketball and badminton and do a little boxing and wrestling.”
- Jul/43, p.1 – “Jack Gebbie is now commissioned as a First Lieutenant.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.10-Oct. p.10 – “Other Powell River men now with the Eighth Army (in Italy) include Trooper Ewart Hassell, Lieutenants Ken Barton and Jack Gebbie.”
- Jan/44, p.2 – “…and Lieut. Jack Gebbie is with the Mortar Coy. Of the SLI’s.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12/13 – “The Divisional troops, Artillery, Service Corps, Tank Brigade, etc., have Lieut. Jack Gebbie…”
- Mar/44, p.3 – 3 Group Sask. L.I. CAO CMF “Thanks for the cigarettes, which arrived in the nick of time. Give my best to all the gang, Curly, Frank, etc.”
- Apr/44, p.4 – “Have a new job for the next few weeks. Am now Administrative Officer for our group. Tell Bill Hutchinson I received his letter and will be writing in a few days. Was in Naples during the recent eruption of Vesuvius. Looked much like a forest fire on the mountains at night.”
- Jul/44, p.2 – “Jack Gebbie has a new and interesting job these days. It’s a nine days wonder and Jack finds life in Italy anything but dull in his welfare work among the troops.”
- Jul/44, p.2 – “Quite a number of the boys have visited Rome, including…Jack Gebbie – and most of the gang say “I’ll take Riverside.”
- Mar/45, p.1 - “…Lieut. Jack Gebbie (is) back in Canada. Jack will take over the position of Personnel Counsellor for service employees. It’s a big job and Jack counts on all of you fellows to give him a helping hand in the future.”
- Mar/45, p.6 – “Lieutenant Jack Gebbie has just dropped in and especially asks to be remembered to all the old Westminster crowd. Looks younger than ever, smart and dapper. Saw his son for the first time which accounts for some of his chirpiness.”
- Apr/45, p.5 – “Softball season opens May 6. Arrangements for opening will bring a Navy-Army-Air Force trio into the inaugural ceremonies. CERA Bob Redhead will pitch the opening ball. Lieut. Jack Gebbie will catch it and Squadron Leader Jock Kyles will swing the hickory.”
- May/45, p.5 – “Lieutenant Jack Gebbie is at present in Ottawa learning all about Government Rehabilitation, Pension regulations, etc. Jack has been appointed Personnel Supervisor for the Company and will handle all questions of re-employment, transfers, and so forth, as well as giving you all possible assistance in the way of pensions. Ken Macken, recently discharged, is subbing for Jack until he returns from Ottawa.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.6-Jun. p.8– “Three prominent Powell River service men, recently returned from overseas, headlined the (sports season) opening ceremonies. CPO Bob Redhead, back from Greece and way points, donned the catcher’s mask; Lieut. Jack Gebbie, home after 18 months in Italy, hurled the opening pitch; and Squadron Leader Jock Kyles, returned, following three years with RCAF Control in the United Kingdom, knocked it out of the lot (a not unusual experience for Jock!)”
- Vol.21/1945/No.6-Jun. p.14/15– “Also home in Powell River (was)…Lieut. Jack Gebbie, Saskatoon Light Infantry…Lieut. Jack Gebbie was well over a year in Italy, and took part in all the major engagements from Taranto to Rimini and beyond. Jack will take over the important post of Personnel Counsellor for service men in the Powell River Company.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.7-Jul. p.12- “Among the latter (awaiting transfer to the Pacific) is Lieut. Jack Gebbie who returned to take over the important post of Personnel Counsellor for the Company. Jack will handle all problems in connection with the re-employment and disposition of service men-a job for which his experience, background and intimate knowledge of Powell River especially fits him. He was 18 months with the First Canadian Division in Italy. At present he is in Ottawa, familiarizing himself with veterans’ legislation and rehabilitation problems before returning to Powell River to assume his duties.”
- Jul/46, p10 - “From the beaches of Pachino to the Po valley, with interim stops at the Hitler and Gothic lines, at Cassino, at the Morro and a score of other natural obstacles, Powell River was always there…with the Mortar Company of the SLI’s was Lieutenant Jack Gebbie, our Personnel Counsellor.”
207 - Gibson, F.G. – Stoker/2 RCNVR
- Jun/45, p.1 - “Other fellows definitely signed up for the Pacific include…F.G. Gibson.”
208 - Gibson, Garnet – Corporal RCAF Overseas
- Aug/43, p.2 – (K-84939) No. 18 CBDC (RCAF) Overseas “Many thanks for the June copy of the News Letter. It is indeed appreciated. I was over here from January to April before I met any P.R. boys, but one night I met Eric Henderson, Aldo and Geno Bortolussi, Bill Palmer, Charlie MacIntosh and Frank Mannion. I discovered that Squadron Leader Jock Kyles is stationed here. He tells me he enjoys the News Letter immensely. Might also tell you that an old Powell River employee, Percy Barrett, who lives in Gloucester, has asked me to send my copies along to him.”
- May/44, p.3 – Can. Dental Corps RCAF England “Received 600 Sweet Caps today, and they are sure a treat after Woodbines and other hay and rope concoctions they supply us with over here. Many thanks to the Powell River Company. Have received every copy of the precious News Letters and I think it’s one of the best things that can be done for the boys in the services…Zella Stade is at this station and she has received her third hook… Bert Gallagher was here on leave and is now posted to a Mosquito Squadron.”
- Nov/44, p.1 – “…and up step Garnet Gibson…with full fledged corporal status.”
209 - Gibson, J.W. (Johnny) – Corporal Canadian Army Overseas
- Mar/45, p.2 – “And a report from Johnny Gibson that Norman Thompson is dancing with the Canadian Army Show – a report that will surprise nobody.”
210 - Gibson, Ronald – Private B Company
- Apr/43, p.4 - “We wish to acknowledge and thank…Pte. Ron Gibson...for (his) nice letter.”
211 - X Gilmour, Willie - Pilot Officer RCAF Overseas
SM-Gilmour, Willie - Pilot Officer RCAF OverseasSM-Gilmour, Willie - Pilot Officer RCAF Overseas-2SM-Gilmour, Willie - Pilot Officer RCAF Overseas-3
(PH002157) (PH002157-2) (PH002157-3)
- Vol.17/1941/No.2-Feb. p.13 – “During the last month several well-known local boys have been called to service or notified to report in the near future. These include…Willie Gilmour…of the office…All are scheduled for the Air Force, which brings Powell River’s contingent in that vital sphere close to 60 members.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.9 – “Last month Jack Carruthers…was home on leave after convoy duty in the Atlantic. In an Eastern Canadian port, Jack met Pilot Officer Willie Gilmour...”
- Vol.18/1942/No.7-Jul. p.13 – “The…officer roll roster now includes the name of Pilot Officer Willy Gilmour.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.8-Aug. p.16 – “As we go to press, news that another of our most popular lads, Pilot Officer Willie Gilmour, has paid the supreme sacrifice, was received. Willie as he was known to us all, was brought up in Powell River. He received his education here, was a leader in our athletic life-and a highly valuable employee. As far as we can learn, Willie was killed during the Dieppe raid. His death is a personal tragedy to hundreds in Powell River, who knew him intimately. To his wife and to his parents we extend our heartfelt and deeply personal sympathy.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.11-Nov. p.11 – (under “We Will Remember Them”)
“PO Gilmour, Willie
RCAF Aug ’42
Scotland, Flying Accident.”
- Jul/46, p13 - “How well we remember these lads, because they were first in battle and were in our minds and hearts for so long…Pilot Officer Willie Gilmour, lost in a flying accident atop Ben McDhui in Scotland…- all youngsters, who were part and parcel of our community and athletic life, were sucked up in the tempest.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.8 – “Powell River was well represented in the latest contingent [to reach Britain]. Among the Air Force group (was) Pilot Officer Willie Gilmour…”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.10 – “On August 21
st, Pliot Officer Willie Gilmour was killed in a flying accident overseas. Willie was widely known in the district. He was one of Powell River’s leading sportsmen and a popular member of the office staff. He was buried with full military honours in Kinloss Abbey, Scotland.”
212 – Given, Danny
- Apr/45, p.3 – “(in a letter from Dan Wallace) “Saw…Danny Given here so we intend to put on a P.R. reunion one of these days. (Ed. note: (It should be a stout evening - with Danny’s tenor helping out.)”