Remembrance Day

Lest we forget

Remembrance Day – November 11

This Monday will mark the 101st anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War.

Last year, as part of the 100th anniversary, the Canadian government digitized the records of the personnel who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and have made these records available to the public through the Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The records are very detailed, averaging 60–70 pages per soldier, and include information such as Regimental Number, unit, rank, particulars of the soldier’s height, weight, eye and hair colour, dental records, next of kin, pay rate, wills, hospital treatments, injuries, and discharge papers.

In conjunction with interviews of Cortes Island old-timers, researching the LAC records, and reading through Jeanette Taylor’s book Tidal Passages and June Cameron’s book Destination Cortez, a number of men with roots to Cortes were identified.  Some of the names are familiar, such as Bartholomew, Huck, Jeffery, and Manson. In total, 28 men served, some were raised on Cortes from an early age while others moved here after the war to start a new life.

Of the 28 men who enlisted and called Cortes Island home either before or after World War One, 20 would serve overseas, with 18 seeing action on the front lines in France, 12 of these men were wounded, and two would not make it home. The following is a list of 26 of those men. Two names have been omitted from the list at the request of those men’s families.

ALLEN, James, Phillips, *driver, Whaletown

ALLEN, Charles Isaac, Whaletown (no records available)

ALLEN, Bernard, Robinson, teacher, Whaletown

BARRETT, William, James, chauffeur, Squirrel Cove

BARTHOLOMEW, Albert, logger/ rancher, Cortez Island

CAMPBELL, Fraser, Alick, machinist, Cortez Bay

CONLIN, Patrick, farmer, Cortez Island

DANIELS, Harry, rancher, Cortez Island

FINNIE, Henry, clerk, Cortez Island

FROUD, Robert, Whitefield, clerk, Mansons Landing

GRUNLAND, Harvey, fisherman, Squirrel Cove

HUCK, William, Edward, farmer, Whaletown

JEFFERY, Henry, Charles, chef, Cortez Island

MANSON, John, Bruce, logger, Cortez Island

MANSON, Michael, Wilfred, customs clerk, Hernando Island

MORRISETTE, Elmore, Murray, hotel clerk, Cortez Island

MORRISON, Herbert, logger, Cortez Island

MUNN, Montague, woodsman, Whaletown

MUNRO, George, Edward, engineer assistant, Whaletown

POLICE, Peter, labourer, Whaletown

POOL, John, clerk, Whaletown

SMITH, Richard, Arthur, fisherman, Squirrel Cove

TAIT, John, Franklin, clerk, Whaletown

TESSIER, Henry, Allen, logger, Squirrel Cove

VALLEY, Joseph, blacksmith, Whaletown

WELLS, Harold, John, blacksmith, Cortez Island

*The occupations listed above are those shown on the enlistment papers.

 

A typical form for recruitment.

This poster would have lured some young men to head off to a big adventure.

 

And this poster no doubt struck fear into the hearts of many families.

 

 

Mike Manson

Mike Manson (third-generation) owns and operates Sunny Brae Farm with his wife Donna.The first orchard was planted in 1908. Today, many of these trees still survive and are in full production.
The farm has been in production for 106 of the past 125 years. Mike said it was his father's vision that was the key to the farm's success going forward.
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