Service Men - Hicks - Hutton

260 - Hicks, Ralph – O/D RCNVR
- May/43, p.5 - (now in the service) “Ralph Hicks, RCN…”
261 - Hill, Norman - Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas
SM-Hill, Norman - Sergeant Canadian Army OverseasSM-Hill, Norman - Sergeant Canadian Army Overseas-2
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Vol.15/1939/No.10-Oct. p.8 – “Down in Vancouver, drilling daily with the Canadian Seaforths, is Norman Hill, former all-round athlete. Norm was one of the first to enlist from Powell River, and his regiment haas been definitely selected to proceed overseas with the forst Canadian division. He writes he is enjoying the life and sendfs his regards to all his friends in Powell River. Norm was employed in the Grinder Room.”
Vol.15/1939/No.12-Dec. p.16 – “Inset is Norm Hill, one of the first Powell River Company employees to reach England since the outbreak of war. Norm was the first local employee to join the colors, enlisting in the Vancouver Seaforths a few days after war was declared, and left Vancouver for the east several weeks ago. Recent press dispatches announce the safe arrival of Norm and the famous Seaforths at a British port. Along with Norm are Dave Jack, well-known Powell River soceer player, who enlisted shortly after Norman, and George Harris, formerly of the staff of the Bank of Montreal in Powell River. All these boys have a wide circle of friends locally, and their safe arrival through the subs and mines of the North Sea will be welcome news to their many well-wishers. Carry on, Seaforths!”
- Vol.16/1940/No.1-Jan. p.14 – Norm Hill writes from England that he is keeping fit and settling down to active training. In describing his trip across the Atlantic, Norm says: I can’t tell you what boat we were on-but it was a big liner and we were all comfortable. We were escorted by British warships-I can’t say much about this either-but it certainly brought home to all of us, for the first time, just what the British navy meant, and why the Royal Navy has command of the seas.” Norm says, as far as he knows, the other Powell River boys in the Seaforths, Dave Jack and Bob Harris, are keeping well. Norm doubtless now appreciates what many local ex-service men learned to appreciate on their first trip across the sea under wartime conditions-that the most comforting and inspiring sight in the world is to see a British cruiser or destroyer slide beside your transport and take up its protective position. It’s a grand and glorious feeling, Norm!”
- Vol.16/1940/No.4-Apr. p.15 – “Norman Hill, former company employee and all-round athlete, now serving with the Vancouver Seaforths at Aldershot, England, writes to say he is enjoying life across the pond and looking forward to the time when his division heads into action. Rumors, according to Norm, about the destination of the Canadians, were flying about, as rumors do in any army. One rumor had the Canadians in Egypt, another that they were on their way to the Dardanelles, and another that they might go to the east as garrison troops. The odd rumor suggested they might eventually go to France, but nobody took that one seriously, said Norm! The troops are drilling steadily, and Norm reports he has had extensive instruction in musketry, Bren gun and anti-tank rifles-along with a good amount of squad drill, P.T. and bayonet fighting, with the odd fatigue thrown in. In his concluding paragraph Norm expresses the feeling of the boys of the Seaforths when he says: “Believe me, I am proud to be both a Canadian and to be here trying to do my share, however small it may be.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.7-Jul. p.3 – “From Norm Hill, former grinder room employee, comes word from England that he was much disappointed in just missing the big show in France. His unit was embarked and ready to go when the order was countermanded.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.8-Aug. p.4 – “Many local lads, including Norm Hill…are in the heart of the battle area in England.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.9-Sep. p.4 – “The first “casualty” in the ranks of Powell River’s fighting forces is reported from England. Norm Hill, well-known local athelete with Canadian First Division in England, writes that he recently took time off to get married. His bride is an English girl-and along with his many local friends we wish Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hill good luck and happiness. Norm states the troops have all experienced numerous air raids. “I had,” he writes, “the good fortune to see the RAF in action against the Hun recently, and these boys are sure on the job. I wouldn’t have missed the show for anything. We saw several Huns plummet out of the skies, and it was a grand sight. Put your money on the RAF, and put it on the nose.”
- Vol.16/1940/No.11-Nov. p.1 – “Exlusive to the Digester is this recent portrait of Private Norman Hill, First Seaforths, well-known employee and all-round athlete, with the charming bride he has taken to himself in England. We take this opportunity of wishing Mr. and Mrs. Hill all good luck and future happiness.”
- Vol.17/1941/No.2-Feb. p.3 – “The Seaforths, who will be to the fore if any invasion of Britain is attempted, include…Norman Hill, of the groundwood department…”
- Vol.17/1941/No.4-Apr. p.10/11 – “From England, Norm Hill writes a few interesting commplaces in the Battle of Britain. “They have the measure of the incendiaries,” says Norm. “It is a common sight to see tiny sacks of sand perched beneath each lanp-post. Nearly every home is equipped with a stirrup-pimp and other accessories. With all the damage done and more likely to come, life still goes on unperturbed in these beautiful isles…The British certainly have ‘guts’-and usually answer ‘bloody_______s’ when Germany is mentioned. The old feeling of tolerance for Germany and the German people has disappeared.” Norm tells of an interesting meeting, which brought back memories of Powell River. “For a long time,” he goes on to say, “I have been billeted with Sir Ernest and Lady Benn. Recently a girl came here to work who has an uncle in Powell River. The uncle is Alfred Sherwood (a member of the electricians’ crew). Small world, isn’t it?
- Vol.18/1942/No.5-May. p.9 – “Norm Hill and Len Taylor have taken English brides.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “The old First Division, the Seaforths, mighty in name and tradition, have seven Powell River boys in the ranks. There is Pte. Norm, Hill, grinder room and leading all-round athlete…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.4-Apr. p.16 – “Ken (Barton) sees quite a bit of Norm Hill, as they are both stationed at the same barracks.”
- Apr/43, p.2 – Pte. Seaforths Overseas “Have just finished an NCO course and am hoping my promotion to corporal may come through shortly. Thank goodness I may escape being a lance corporal – that is a helluva state of existence. My wife is looking forward to coming out to Canada. The cigarettes arrived out of a clear sky yesterday, and were a real treat. Please thank the Company on my behalf.”
- May/43, p.2 – “And Norm Hill of the Seaforths has started on the way up with hook number one.”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.10 – “In the last mail, we discovered that Norm Hill, Scotty Connelly and Bill Crockett are now corporals.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “Dave Jack and Sgt. Norm Hill were left behind when the (Seaforths) sailed.”
- Mar/44, p.5 – (re: the Reunion Pictures) “We showed them on Sunday, March 5
th and over 1100 people came out…and Norman Hill’s old mentor Mr. Lang left his Courtenay drug business for four days just to see Norm.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.3-Mar. p.13 – “Then there’s Geno Bortolussi and Norm Hill, old track pals, now running in double harness (ie: both married).”
- Apr/44, p.6 – “At present it looks as if Box Lacrosse may be revived again. ..Very few of the old crowd left – and we could use Norm Hill and Daws Pirie as whistle tooters. These kids need a strong hand – and both these lads had it.”
- May/44, p.5 – “Brenda Cooper, daughter of our superintendent Russ Cooper, is a first class prospect in the women’s high jump. She is clearing 4’6” without much coaching, and this is good going (Have told her to hang on for another year and she can have Martin Naylor, Norm Hill and Stan Richardson to coach her).”
- Aug/44, p.3 - (in a letter from W.D. Carter) “…and Norm Hill (is) very close to our camp.”
- Aug/44, p.3 – (K-52116) #1 Can. Inf. Wing CTS CAO England “…Received 600 cigarettes and copy of the Digester and they were certainly appreciated, but I can’t understand why I haven’t been receiving the News Letters as I feel sure you are sending them…My wife and I took part in a recent sports meet. I won the standing broad jump, 9’2” and my wife and I won the three-legged race – but I sure felt it the next day…Saw Earl Dore recently and he is doing fine.”
- Jun/45, p.1 - “About 15 have been discharged in the past month. These include…Norm Hill (Wharf)…”
- Jul/46, p.8 - “From Powell River in those almost forgotten days, went Norman Hill…with the Seaforths in December, 1939.”
262 - Hobson, L.H. (Leo) – Honorable Squadron Leader RCAF Overseas Middle East Forces
SM-Hobson, L.H. (Leo) – Honorable Squadron Leader RCAF Overseas Middle East Forces SM-Hobson, L.H. (Leo) – Honorable Squadron Leader RCAF Overseas Middle East Forces-2SM-Hobson, L.H. (Leo) – Honorable Squadron Leader RCAF Overseas Middle East Forces
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(taken at Lucien Brook’s graveside, Royal Naval Cementery, Bighi, Malta Oct 5/43 with FO Hersey)
- May/43, p.5 – (in a letter from Bob Gornall) “Only last week I met Father Leo Hobson, who is now a padre on this station. He is looking very fit and has met lots of the boys. He mentioned Harold Foster, among others.”
263 - Holborne, A.P. (Pete) – Corporal RCAF Overseas
SM-Holborne, A.P. (Pete) – Corporal RCAF OverseasSM-Holborne, A.P. (Pete) – Corporal RCAF Overseas-2SM-Holborne, A.P. (Pete) – Corporal RCAF Overseas-3SM-Holborne, A.P. (Pete) – Corporal RCAF Overseas-4
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- Aug/43, p.1 – “…and LAC Pete Holborne (is) out with BNAF.”
- Mar/44, p.5 – (re: the Reunion Pictures) “We showed them on Sunday, March 5
th and over 1100 people came out…Pete Holborne’s mother and sister were beaming with honest pride as Pete did his stuff in approved style.”
- Dec/44, p.1 – “Pete Holborne, our sharp-eyed snapper of persons and personalities, has been boosted to Corporal, and now tells the other guy how to take the pictures.”
- Dec/44, p.5 – (in a letter from Walter Vandervoort) “I have seen…Pete Holborne several times, as I’m stationed not to far away.
- Feb/45, p.4 – (R-118323) (Can) #6 MFPS RCAF Overseas BLA “Please convey my thanks to the Powell River Company for the Company letter which was greatly appreciated and helped a lot…The other evening we went pub crawling, or whatever they call it in Holland and to my surprise ran smack into Claude Borden and Gorden Menzies. Sure were a sight for sore eyes, and – need I go further, or let you draw your own conclusions?…In the past month I’ve seen Walt and Harold Vandervoort and Father Van Wetten.”
- Apr/45, p.3 – (in a letter from Claude Borden) “…Guess Pete Holborne has told you that he, Harold Vandervoort, and myself had a couple of get-togethers up in Holland.”
- May/45, p.3 – (in a letter from Harold Vandervoort) “Pete Holborne and I are the only P.R. boys in 39 Recce Wing…No. 5 and 6 MFPS did all the processing for 400 Squadron—and boy, there is a squadron—3 million 91/2 x 71/2 prints between D-Day and V-E Day. For example, every paratrooper who took part in the Rhine crossing had photographs of the area in which they were working…if I recall correctly the figures for that “do” laid end to end the prints would stretch out to 47 miles, and we used something like 10 tons of chemicals in just over 24 hours…We are having a chance to look over Germany…Anxious to be on our way home.”
264 - Holden, W.H. (Bill) - Trooper Canadian Army Overseas
- Vol.17/1941/No.10-Oct. p.15 – “Most of the pictures accompanying these notes are sent along by LAC Norman Burgess and Trooper Bill Holden of the 9th Armoured Regiment.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.6-Jun. p.12 – “Bill Holden of the 9
th Armored Regiment writes that the present training pace is worse than a week’s parade drill with the Coldstream Guards.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.6-Jun. p.13 – “Bill Holden, in his last note, had just returned from a visit to London. He saw the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, looked over Piccadily and Trafalgar Squarae, made some very pertinent remarks on British girls in general, and British redheads in particular-on the whole had a very cosmopolitan time.”
- Vol.18/1942/No.9-Sep. p.8 – “In the Ninth Armoured Regiment (BCD) of the same division (is) Bill Holden…”
- Feb/43, p.3 (3) – “Thanks again for the last batch of 1000 cigarettes. When you want a smoke, Canadian cigarettes are the only thing. I think English fags are made of hay. We are hoping things will start humming soon and believe me, all the boys are ready and dying to get at the jobs of chasing Jerry back to Berlin.”
- Jan/44, p.2 - “…in the Central Mediterranean is…Bill Holden...”
- Vol.20/1944/No.2-Feb. p.12 – “The 9
th Armored Regiment recently arrived in the Mediterranean area…Some of those identified include…Bill Holden…”
- Mar/44, p.2 – “Trooper Bill Holden, out in Italy, discovers that an unlimited ration of wine and cognac make a reasonably satisfactory substitute for scotch and rye.”
- Jul/44, p.1 - “And our thanks again for all the Army papers sent in…and least but not last to Bill Holden for the much appreciated specimen of the Allied propaganda sheet (thanks, Bill, it’s a lulu!).”
- Jul/44, p.4 – (K-1103) A Squad 9
th Armored Regt. CA CMF “Once again thanks for the 1000 fags, which arrived recently…Am enclosing sample of one of our propaganda papers. These are delivered to German lines by aeroplane or by special shells. Believe me, the coverage is excellent. This particular copy with its marvelously to-the-point message. I picked up in a German gun position that had been firing at us a few hours previously. There were lots of others lying around and they seemed well read. Also found a perfectly good 3-ton truck hidden away, but you can’t put a truck in a kit bag so had to be content with reporting it. Pretty hot here – 110-120, but the fruit is ripening…oh boy, you ought to see the grapes, and that helps.”
- Mar/45, p.3 – A Squad. #3 CCBRD CAO “…Have just finished a spot of hospital. Two and a half months with dermatitis, but hope to regain my regiment soon after which I intend winding up this European scuffle pronto.”
- Apr/45, p.2 – “Bill Holden is back in England after a considerable spell in hospital. Reports being fairly fit again and does a little bragging about quantities (didn’t mention quality) of English beer.”
- Apr/45, p.3 – (K-1103) No. 1 Cdn Reception Depot (Beaumont Wing) CAO “…Back in Blighty, safe and sound, having come through the Italian campaign with nothing more than an infected skin, dermatitis, etc…I’ve landed a job at this depot as a fireman, so I guess the BLA will have to occupy Germany without me…Having a good time, lots of beer—and good old Limey cheerio to all the bunch at home.”
- Jul/46, p10 - (re: Sicily and Italy) “The 9
th Armored regiment had with them Bill Holden…”
265 – Holmwood, - RCA
266 – Holyoke, - RCAF
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – (in a list of Powell River men who have received commissions) - “Flying Officer.”
267 – X Hopkins, Bruce – Pilot Officer RCAF
- 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 Bruce Hopkins…”
- Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – (in a list of Powell River men who have received commissions) - “Flying Officer.”
268 - Hopkins, D.R. (Dan) – Str/m - RCNVR
- Mar/44, p.4 – (V-67558) LCI L 298 c/o CFMO 10 Haymarket St. London “Received the smokes o.k. and they were more welcome than a dozen beer on a hot day after walking from the wharf to Cranberry…managed to get down for the reunion and it was great to run across the old boys again. And I might say some of them are doing all right for themselves. (ed: note – Give us the low-down on Martin Naylor’s love life next time you write.)”
- Apr/44, p.3 – (in a letter from Doug Ingram) “I am in a nice part of the south coast (of England) and…Dan Hopkins (is) with me.”
- Apr/44, p.3 – (in a letter from H. Riley) “There are a few other Powell River boys here (London)…(including) Danny Hopkins…”
- Apr/44, p.4 – (in a letter from H.G. Parker) “Heard from Danny Hopkins and he certainly enjoyed it (the Reunion).”
- Jun/44, p.2 - “In the landing craft crews we have Danny Hopkins…”
- Jun/44, p.3 - (in a letter from Jimmy Maple) “Thanks again for the News Letter, which I can assure you is most welcome to us all. I say “us”, meaning in particular, Danny Hopkins…and myself, who, at present, are together at Niobe.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.7-Jul. p.10 – “In the landing craft that grated in broad daylight on French soil…probably included…Str.M Danny Hopkins…”
- Jan/45, p.5 – (in a letter from Beppie Tomado) “See…Danny Hopkins…around (Esquimalt).”
- Jul/46, p.7 - (re: D-Day) “Carrying Canadians of the famous Third Division to the beaches (was)…Danny Hopkins…”
269 - Hopkins, W.J. (Bill) – Leading Stoker RCNVR
- Mar/44, p.1 – “Bill Hopkins is swinging right through the stake hole to grab off a Stoker 1/c rating.”
- Oct/44, p.2 – “Bill Hopkins, recently transferred eastward climbs back into view as a Leading Stoker (V-48561) RCNVR HMCS Peregrine FMO Halifax NS.”
- Nov/44, p.2 – HMCS Joliette GPO London “
270 - Howell, R.B. (Dick) – LAC RCAF Overseas
- Apr/43, p.1 – “Dick Howell (is) a full Corporal.”
- Jun/45, p.1 - “About 15 have been discharged in the past month. These include…R.B. Howell…”
271 - Howells, Earl C.
- Jun/45, p.1 - “About 15 have been discharged in the past month. These include…Earl C. Howells…”
272 - Hughes, David – Pilot Officer RCAF
- 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.”
- Jul/43, p.5 - “This month…David Hughes…joined up in the Air Force and (is) at #3 Manning Depot, Edmonton…just graduated from High School”
- Vol.19/1943/No.7-Jul. p.11 – “Among recent enlistments (was) David Hughes…in the RCAF.”
- Aug/44, p.2 – “A late flash – David Hughes has just graduated as a Pilot Officer at McLeod, Alberta.”
- Vol.20/1944/No.11-Nov. p.13 – (photo caption) “Another brother and sister combination in the services. Left: Ldg. Wren Frances Hughes and (right) PO David Hughes.”
- Jan/45, p.2 – “Pilot Officer David Hughes…RCAF (is) being discharged and transferred to Civilian Reserve.”
- Jun/45, p.2 – “Young David Hughes, after being discharged from the Air Force, is back in again with the Fleet Air Arm and expects to land in the Pacific in the near future.”
273 - Hughes, Gordon - Sergeant Pilot RCAF
- Mar/44, p.4 (44) – (K-210791) #24 EFTS Abbotsford BC
- Jan/45, p.5 (105) – (in a letter from Graham Wright) “Gordie Hughes has been discharged and is back in Powell River.”
- May/45, p.2 – “Gordon Hughes, after being discharged from the Air Force, has wangled his way back into the Fleet Air Arm and expects to see action in the East.”
274 - Hughes, L.M. (Les) - Corporal
- Jul/43, p.5 – “Les Hughes of the Wharf Crew has joined the Active Forces. Les was a Corporal in the Reserve Unit here.”
- Dec/44, p.2 - “Les Hughes (is) now (a) confirmed corporal.”
275 - Hughes, W.G. (Walter) – Pilot Officer (Can) RCAF Overseas
- Nov/44, p.1 – “Walter Hughes (J-43018)…hops up to Flying Officer.”
- Jun/44, p.1 – “And yet another commissioned rank popped up when W.G. Hughes wrote us last week that they have tacked Pilot Officer to his address.”
276 - Hunter, G.A. (Dint) – Corporal RCAF
- Oct/44, p.2 – “…is now with the RAF India Command. So too is that scrappy sportsman, Dint Hunter.”
- Nov/44, p.3 – (in a letter from “Spud” Raimondo) “…Have run across Dint Hunter…”
- Jan/45, p.4 – (in a letter from Alan Todd) “Had a note from Dint Hunter in India recently, and he is doing fine.”
-Vol.21/1945/No.1-Jan. p.10/11 – “Last week from somewhere in India, a letter arrived from Cpl. “Dint” Hunter…Said Dint: “It was just like Old Home Week when I arrived out here. Hardly arrived at the station before I ran into Ivan Hansen, Don Clarke, Bob Gornall and Johnny MacIntosh.”
- Apr/45, p.3 - (in a letter from Alan Todd) “Hear from Dent [sic] Hunter…regularly and may get down (his) way one of these days.”
- May/45, p.3 – (R181010) 436 Sqdn RCAF SEAAF “…All the lads remark about their beer problem. We have none. The beer is so scarce that it is not any kind of a problem. Was in Calcutta last week; very crowed and very Indian…We are on the Nips’ back door at all times and in a short time I’ll be resting my weary bones in Rangoon. Say hello to Bert and Bruce. “Burma” Hunter.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.4/5-Apr./May p.11– “Out in India working with the swiftly advancing forces of Admiral Mountbatten is the 435
th Squadron, RCAF. In the squadron six Powell River lads are carrying on the fight against the Jap. These are Flying Officers Don Clarke and Jock MacIntosh, Corporals Bob Gornall and Dint Hunter, LAC Ivan Hansen and Ron Smythe. All of these lads were posted seperately to the RAF India Command, and were unaware of each other’s whereabouts. Don Clarke was posted to the 435th Squadron. A few days later Jock MacIntosh turned up to make it a Powell River two-some. Then came along Dint Hunter, wondering what he would find in India. He found Don and Jock, who had been joined by Ivan Nansen, Bob Gornall and Ron Smythe. “It was just like Old Home Week,” reminisced Dint in a recent letter.”It was sure great to see so many of the old gang together, and, believe me, we made the most of it.”
- Vol.21/1945/No.12-Dec. p.16- “This month’s special feature introduces Gordon Wayne Hunter, two-year-old son of Cpl. Gordon (Dint) Hunter… Wayne’s father, “Dint”, is now in England after a year in Burma, and is still on duty with his squadron.”
277 – Hunter, J.C. (Jimmie) – LAC RCAF
- Vol.18/1942/No.3-Mar. p.3 – (photo caption) – “Three Powell River boys in training at an eastern Air Force camp…(including)…Jimmie Hunter pose for a special shot.”
278 – Hunter, T.R. (Tommy) – RCA
279 - Hussar, Nick – RCA
280 - Hutchison, Lawrence – Stoker 1st Classs –RCNVR
- May/43, p.5 - (now in the service) “Lawrence Hutchinson, RCN…”
- Feb/44, p.5 – “Bill Hutchinson just dashed in to tell us his son Stoker 1/C Laurence (sic) Hutchinson was married last week. “Who did he marry, Bill” we asked. “How in blazes should I know” growled Bill as he shut the door in our face. And that’s the way it goes!”
281 - Hutton, J.C. - Sergeant RCAF Overseas
- Nov/44, p.4 – (R146167) “The cigarettes have again arrived in the nick of time…At present am instructing in radar mechanics with some very interesting new equipment…My favorite drink is black and tan, and a fellow feels almost human after a couple of pints of that.”