Images of people, communities and events of bygone years are few and far between, making them all the more precious today as we strive to instill a sense of history in our youth and the generations to come. Many of our loyal readers have recognized this need and have submitted old photographs to Downhome magazine from their personal collections. Scroll through to see these images for yourself and take a walk down memory lane.
My great-grandfather, Norman Vincent was born January 31, 1897 to William John and Elizabeth (nee Dowland) Vincnt of Triton West. At the age of 18 he enlisted in WWI. After returning from the war he married Janet Winsor on April 15, 1920 and raised 5 sons, his son Ronald served in WWII. He died on July 1, 1979 at Roberts Arm, NF.
ABLE SEAMAN EARL A. THISTLE
ROYAL NAVY - 1939-1945
In September 1939 the Royal Navy was the first branch of the military to ask for volunteers from Newfoundland to serve in WWII. England asked the Commission of Government to recruit ... click to read moreABLE SEAMAN EARL A. THISTLE
ROYAL NAVY - 1939-1945
In September 1939 the Royal Navy was the first branch of the military to ask for volunteers from Newfoundland to serve in WWII. England asked the Commission of Government to recruit 625 experienced fishermen or seamen for special service in the Northern Patrol, which guarded Atlantic shipping lanes. The first 200 volunteers that signed up for this duty were given the special designation of The First Two Hundred. Earl A. Thistle volunteered for service and on November 27, 1939 sailed on the SS Newfoundland with the first naval draft to leave Newfoundland. He was a part of The First Two Hundred.
After arriving in Liverpool England he was sent to Portsmouth where he received training as a gunner on the HMS Victory and then was drafted to the HMS Transylvania. This ship was an armed merchant cruiser doing patrol duty in the North Atlantic. He served on this ship until August 11, 1940 when she was torpedoed and sank. Forty two men died, 3 of them Newfoundlanders. Mr. Thistle spent seven hours on a life raft before being picked up by a destroyer that landed him in Grenock, Scotland. He was returned to the HMS Victory. He was then drafted to the Middle East, a landing craft base doing landings with the 8th Army. He served on LCT 108 and 109 running supplies to Torbrock. He took part in all the North African campaigns and the invasion of Sicily and Italy. He was then returned to the HMS Victory for one month followed by a draft to Wale Island, where he took another gunnery course completing the course as an AA3. He was next drafted to LCT 935 and preceded to the Isle of Wight doing invasion training. This was in preparation for the invasion of France on D-Day. LCT 935 took part in the landing at Juno Beach making a total of 21 crossings from England to France with troops and supplies during the invasion. This was followed with several trips to Belgium and Holland and near the Rhine. After a short leave, where he married the former Joyce Spence of Blyth Northumberland England, he was placed on LCT 940 until the end of the war. For his military service he received the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, The Africa Star, The Italy Star, The Defence Medal and the King George VI Medal. He received his final discharge papers on April 18, 1946.
Caplin Cove, Random Arm School (1936) (1 comments) I would very much appreciate if you would submit this enclosed picture of "Class 1936, Caplin Cove, Random Arm, Trinity Bay, NL" into Downhome magazine. I would be interested in receiving an email from anyone that looks at the photo who would ... click to read moreI would very much appreciate if you would submit this enclosed picture of "Class 1936, Caplin Cove, Random Arm, Trinity Bay, NL" into Downhome magazine. I would be interested in receiving an email from anyone that looks at the photo who would know the missing people in the photo, and where they are today. The man looking out of the window is Mr. Stringer and his wife Mrs Maggie Stringer, the teacher of the class, was taking the picture.
It was a thrill for me to speak to Mrs. Maggie Stringer in December 2011, when I talked to her on the phone. She sounded as if she was only 50 years old, but was 100 years old. She remembered me (Wyman Whalen) and many more of the students in this picture. I have lost that information and would like to know everyone again.
Back row (left to right): Aubrey Stringer, Bill Whalen, Stanley Drodge, Willie Drodge, Don Baker, Clifford Drodge, Selina "Whalen" Russell (deceased), Delilah Whalen
Middle row (left to right): Jethro Whalen (deceased), Minnie Whalen, Myrtle Whalen, Marjorie "Whalen" Foss, Ethel Whalen, Lawrence Whalen
Front row: unknown, unknown, Wyman Whalen, unknown, Harold Whalen, Eldon Whalen (deceased) and George Whalen.
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