A few faces to names: Charlie Page, Dick Eldred, George Valentine and Bill Hunt.
I’m still working through a small photo album of my grandfather’s, scanning all of the photos, and as I do I’m finding some gems. Here’s three photographs that put faces to some of the names that appear throughout the journals. As I do this, I realize I know practically nothing about these men. I hope to rectify that soon with a trip to The Military Museums in Calgary as that is another important part of this project, to profile members of the Calgary Tanks. But for now, as the Tanks’ motto says: Onward!
Charlie, Dick and George are all mentioned in this post from July 25, 1941
July 25: Inspection by Gen. Dill and Gen. McNaughton – had a short chat with Gen. Dill, we got along well together. We were in perfect accord on all subjects. In the evening we had my 43rd birthday party – guests present: George, John Begg, Charlie Page, Timmy Cameron, Freddie Jenner, Uncle, and Major Mcdonald, Ralph, Jack Hoover, Verne Leonard. We played several suitable games and sang for hours. Ralph also entertained us with a little song. The caterers were ably assisted by Baby Face McDougall.
and Bill Hunt was mentioned here on Dec. 18, 1941:
Dec. 18: Left Hedley Downs at 8:45 a.m. – In convoy – 70 miles. Arrived at 1 p.m. At Seaford, a little town on the south coast. Set up R.A.P. And Sick Bay, a on blind end of street, our house “Larksfield” is situated three doors down the street – Bert Little, Bill Hunt, Hess, Ralph and I live in it. I have a little front room on the ground floor – big bay window, and fire place, and Ralph has it looking like a million dollars – Xmas cards all over the mantle piece as before. Across the road, Hess has his office and the batman and hospital staff live here. Really the loveliest billets we have ever been in – hope we are here for a few months.