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ontariopiper

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PostSubject: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:40 pm

Hi everyone,

Thought I'd share my recent project. I have had these Company and Division portrait pics for about 30 years, having been gifted then by my grandmother after I joined the Reserves when I was at university. They had been stored in their original mailing tubes since then, and before I had them, in a box at my grandmothers, also still in the tubes.

They are in excellent condition, and as part of my recent/ongoing man cave/pipe room renovation, I thought it was high time they saw the light of day. So I paid my pound of flesh for professional framing, including UV treated glass so the photographs won't fade away in the sun. We dithered over the frame choices, but I'm really pleased with the way they came out. They would fit right in on the wall of any Regimental Mess.

Grandad was a Despatch Rider in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and rode a Norton motorbike while delivering hard copies of documents. He spent most of his war in England but was shipped across the Channel in 1944/45 and participated in the liberation of Holland.

I never knew him, but I became a Signals Officer (which was called a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer by then) when I served as a Reservist in Kingston, Ontario, mainly in honour of his past service to the Corps. We trained and worked on the same base, though 50 years apart. Our jobs were very different but my CELE cap badge was easily recognizable as the direct descendant of his RCCS badge.

The longer bottom picture of his Company was taken on CFB Kingston, then called (unflatteringly) the Barriefield Concentration Camp in 1940. The top picture is the entire 2nd Division, RCCS, taken in England in 1941. My grandmother marked him out in pen on the photographs so he's still easy to pick out of the crowd.


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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:54 pm

First off he would be very proud of you. It is a beautiful photos of the reason we are free. Thank you for your service and if he was he I'd say the same. Enjoy the project God bless.
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:51 pm

Very nice pictures and the framing is very tastefully done. I'm sure they will look great in the man cave.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:15 am

Great history there!
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:45 am

Fantastic! What a wonderful tie to your personal history! And a turely respectful way to honor your grandfather! Your choice of frames is purfect as will be the pride of place you choose on your man cave wall. I personally can spend a long time looking at photos such as these. The young faces of the now old or sadly gone men of a bygone era. I find myself studing each face and wondering as to each man's story up that moment and beyond. Praying that each found the ending to his personal tail with honor grace and determination. Feeling a tinge of sadness at the thought that many of their young stories ended in Europe never to return home to harth and family. And a feeling of pride for their willingness to turn the power of evil aside that we may continue to live in freedom. I was raised in and still am in awe of men such as these. Men of purpose and action shall never fail to hold my respect. Thank you for sharing these with us!
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:22 am

Very cool! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:57 am

Very nice pictures, thank you for sharing the pictures and keeping the history of this era alive. Thanks to all the TROOPS around the World today that keep us safer in these trying times.



KEEP ON PUFFING!!!
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:26 pm

Thanks, guys! I'm also hoping to put together a few pics of my Great-Grandfather who served in both the Boer War and WWI. He is buried in France; I'll be taking my mother to visit his grave site in mid-May this year. Looking forward to that trip!

There is a long line of military service in my family, stretching from me and two of my brothers, through both parents and back as far as colonial times on this side of the pond, then, back in the UK, through at least two Scottish regiments. My older daughter is carrying on the tradition now - she was sworn in last week as a Reservist. Proud Papa here!
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:54 pm

Great stuff Charlie. Thanks for sharing!

Cool


Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:22 am

It's good to preserve and display this kind of history.
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:28 am

riff raff wrote:
It's good to preserve and display this kind of history.

Absolutely, Al. So many families can only recount family history back two generations, and even then things can get sketchy. The old family photo albums are a dying breed too. Scan those old snaps to a digital archive before they're gone.
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:47 pm

Incredible history in those photographs, very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:51 am

Very cool, indeed. My father was dispatch rider too. North Africa. He was captured at Tobruk by Rommel's troops and spent 4 years as a POW.

It is well that we remember and honour that generation.
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:23 pm

Terrific family history. Congratulation for preserving and sharing. A lot of this historic stuff gets lost. My maternal grandparents had, I think, five sons serving in the navy.  Gram was chosen by the navy to bash the traditional bottle of bubbly over the bow at the launch of the USS Scott, a destroyer escort, if memory serves. Up until my teen years the beribboned remains of the bottle occupied a place of honor in the living room. Then it just disappeared. Pffft. Gone.
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PostSubject: Re: WWII Pics of my Grandfather   Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:31 pm

KevinM wrote:
Up until my teen years the beribboned remains of the bottle occupied a place of honor in the living room. Then it just disappeared. Pffft. Gone.

Such is the fate of much of the "little things" that become family history. I have 4 brothers, so "that old thing" Mom tries to toss is often claimed by one of us. 😀
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