Lest we forget
Remembrance Day – November 11
This Monday, November 11, 2019, 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 (WW1), 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 27 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, Frederick George, Smelt Bay, Cortez Island, WW2
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.