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Can you help locate relatives of Howard Philip Fudge, WW2 RCAF I would appreciate any help you can provide, in helping me to locate contact information about living relatives of WW2 Flight Sergeant Howard Philip Fudge. I recently attended a memorial service held for the flight crew of a Stirling bomber shot down over Kasterlee, Belgium the night of May 14, 1943. My uncle, whom I am named after, was a member of that crew. His name was F/S Robert (Bob) Crysler Ferguson R-115045 R.C.A.F. ... click to read moreI would appreciate any help you can provide, in helping me to locate contact information about living relatives of WW2 Flight Sergeant Howard Philip Fudge. I recently attended a memorial service held for the flight crew of a Stirling bomber shot down over Kasterlee, Belgium the night of May 14, 1943. My uncle, whom I am named after, was a member of that crew. His name was F/S Robert (Bob) Crysler Ferguson R-115045 R.C.A.F.
Kevin Hunt, the curator of Wings Museum in England, his brother and father were instrumental in locating the remains of this bomber and working with members of the local historical society to erect a memorial and organize a service to honor their memory. Relatives representing four flight crew members of this bomber attended the memorial service and surrounding events, the weekend of May 24, 2013 in Kasterlee, Belgium.
Flight Sergeant Howard Philip Fudge was also a member of that flight crew. Unsuccessful efforts were made by Kevin Hunt to locate any living relatives of Philip Fudge prior to the memorial service in hopes that a relative may have wished to attend the service. Kevin Hunt has asked me to see if I might still be able to track down any living relatives with the hope of providing them with updated information on the crash and memorial sites. Here is the meager amount of information I have been able to gleam from the internet. Can you help?
Flight Sergeant, Howard Phillip Fudge, Service number R/76310, Age 22, hometown - St. John's. Newfoundland. He may have been the son of Phillip Thomas Fudge and Elizabeth Abigail Fudge.
Elizabeth is a buried in a cemetery plot same as a Rita Spencer Fry. Phillip Thomas Fudge was born on April 28, 1884 and died Aug 18, 1939. Wife born on May 4, 1885 and died Sept. 22, 1979. They had a son by name of Howard Phillip Fudge born Oct. 14, 1921. Phillip Thomas Fudge may have spent time on Pass Island where he ran a general store and fishery business. He was also a member of Newfoundland government.
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My Mom was born in St. John's in 1930. She's lived in the States for 60 years. I started giving her a subscription to your magazine a few years ago so she could keep a connection with "Back Home". Imagine her surprise when she saw the photo of the Standard Manufacturing Company in your reminiscing section. She spotted her Dad Ronald Steele, top row 1st on the left. He passed away in 1953 shortly after he retired after close to 50 years with the company. I've only seen 1 other photo of him and we are all so thrilled. Thanks so much!
Thank you for including the booklet entitled, "inside Labrador" with the August 2013 issue of Downhome. I read every article with great interest. As the editor Tobias Romaniuk indicated, he has never been to Labrador but it has left him with the desire to change that, as it did me. I found the articles enlightening and very interesting. I might add I also enjoy each and every issue of Downhome. Keep up - keeping us informed of the great providence of Newfoundland, of its great heritage and attractions.
Calvin Perry, Oshawa, ON (formerly from Laurenceton, NL)
Why is That?
Dear Katherine; My husband and I enjoy your article "Why is That?" in the Downhome. Maybe you can answer my question. Since I was a child, I have often wondered why birds never collide with each other in flight. There may be a few or a flock, as they dip and dive, or all change course at the same time, but never hit each other. Why?
Muriel White, R.N. (Mrs. Oliver J. White) Bowmanville, ON
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Antlefest Family Reunion
We love your magazine and thought it would be the right place to tell everyone about "Antlefest."
Antlefest is a family reunion that celebrates our mothers' family who has the surname Antle. The Antle family, from Eric ... click to read moreDear Downhome:
We love your magazine and thought it would be the right place to tell everyone about "Antlefest."
Antlefest is a family reunion that celebrates our mothers' family who has the surname Antle. The Antle family, from Eric Street in St. John's, consisted of Mother (Esther, nee Maher from Mobile) and Father (Clarence, from Brigus) and 13 children: 12 girls and 1 boy, Robert (Bob), who was the youngest of them all! From this family grew many other families, and while most have kept in touch over the years, some have moved away and some are just so busy with their own lives that they don't get to spend as much time with their aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. as they might like. Unfortunately, we often meet at funeral homes and everyone says, "We must get together more often" but that doesn't always work out. So it was at such an event - an aunt's funeral in 2008 - that the spark was lit and we finally took the bull by the horns. It all started with a little email to some of the Antle clan to see who would help form a Committee to plan a family reunion. Well, little did we know what a fabulous reunion it would turn out to be!
We just recently finished our FIFTH ANNUAL ANTLEFEST and it was a huge success! We usually have 100+ relatives attend, and each clan has a family colour and shows up in various costumes. The event is held at our cousin's place on Bauline Line where we have access to a private beach and an extraordinary log home. We play games and water-sports, have barbecues, deep-fried turkeys, a silent auction, lots of prizes, campfires and sing-alongs, etc. Many relatives bring their trailers and tents and make a night of it, and we often continue the festivities on Sunday after cleanup duties are completed. It's a wonderful time that everyone looks forward to every year!
The first 3 years were a great success; then in the fourth year the Committee decided to go with a theme and did "Christmas in July." Needless to say, this was fabulous - complete with Santa in a speedboat, Christmas tree, turkeys and cranberry, and even a Mummers' Parade! This year we did a "Hawaiian Luau" and had a hula (hoop) contest, the limbo, a pig roast, and of course everyone was dressed in grass skirts, leis and tacky flowered shirts (see photos enclosed). Next year will be a themed event as well, but that is a secret only the Committee Members know about at the moment, and it will be announced to the Antle clan early in the New Year.
As you can imagine, such an event takes a lot of planning and hard work and volunteers to make it happen. We know we've succeeded as many of the children now get just as excited about Antlefest in the summer as they do about Christmas in the winter. Now that's saying something!
We always have a few relatives come from Ontario to attend the event, and some years we've had them come from as far away as Florida. The smiles and laughter and hugs which are in generous proportions at each Antlefest prove that the event is well worth the effort.
We've read many stories about reunions in your wonderful magazine, and seen lots of family pictures, and we think Antlefest ranks right up there with the best of them! It's always nice to get family together for happy celebrations, and we have faith that our younger generations growing up today will continue this wonderful tradition long after this generation is gone.
Thank you for taking the time to read this little story, and we hope you think it's worth passing on to others. :)
Keep up the great work at The Downhome. Cheers!
Sherry and Michael Day, Shelly Norman, Dave Murphy, Ken Auchinleck, Janice Kelsey and Michelle Power (Antlefest Committee Members)
I read your Forget-Me-Not article, July 2013 issue, as I was starting a trip with the Royal Canadian Legion NL Provincial Command's Pilgrimage to Europe on the "Trail of the Caribou", to tour the 5 Caribou Monuments erected in France to commemorate ... click to read moreI read your Forget-Me-Not article, July 2013 issue, as I was starting a trip with the Royal Canadian Legion NL Provincial Command's Pilgrimage to Europe on the "Trail of the Caribou", to tour the 5 Caribou Monuments erected in France to commemorate the fallen soldiers of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment during WWI.
We were honored to be wearing our Forget -Me-Not flower on our lapels during the July 1 Remembrance ceremony at Beaumont-Hamel, France. It was also worn with pride at all of the other Remembrance ceremonies.
During this trip, it was wonderful to see the youth of our province grasp the magnitude of the ultimate sacrifice made by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of their age group during WWI.
I was honored to be one of 4 chaperones to travel with these future leaders of our province.
Aslo travelling on this trip were: Premier Dunderdale, Royal Canadian Legion NL Command Pres. Aiden Crewe 4 Canadians Forces Veterans and their spouses,16 amazing NL youth, 4 chaperones, historian F. Gogos, nurse S. Nolan, interpreter J. Prowse(RNR Member, and Bugler E. Desgroilliers of the RNR. Also there was Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Robert Johnston; Tourism Deputy Minister J. Hearn and Asst. Deputy Minister M. Jones.
Lost Relatives in Newfoundland Like many people piecing together their family heritage we have often hit dead ends. It's an instant reflex to reach out to our community for help. We are particularly looking for the exact resting place of Patrick Patey 1831-1911 and Cornelia Louise Pilgrim Patey 1840-1919. From our research they could be resting at River of Pounds area. There are no photos on-line of the many genealogy sites of them. My question to our Newfoundland family, ... click to read moreLike many people piecing together their family heritage we have often hit dead ends. It's an instant reflex to reach out to our community for help. We are particularly looking for the exact resting place of Patrick Patey 1831-1911 and Cornelia Louise Pilgrim Patey 1840-1919. From our research they could be resting at River of Pounds area. There are no photos on-line of the many genealogy sites of them. My question to our Newfoundland family, does anyone know where they are resting and can you verify this in any way? We would love to hear from anyone that can provide any info, related or not. We are compiling a family heritage book and would love to hear any stories that have been passed down through generations, no matter how short. We can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Wayne & Maureen Hemrick, Dawsonville, Georgia ... Hide full submission