Conclusion, as written by Bethany Darrow, a university student who with the aid of a Young Canada Works Program has worked on compiling this and our larger Veterans project during the last two summers.
It has been 58 years since World War II ended, and it is easy to forget the sacrifices that were made in the name of our freedom. Servicemen and women experienced appalling conditions and witnessed atrocities that will stay with them all of their lives. As Canadian citizens, we owe a debt to these men and women so great that it can only be paid with gratitude, appreciation and remembrance. November 11th is one day of each year, we must remember, however, that we live as free people for 365 days of every year- is a truth not to be taken for granted.
" Canada may well be proud of the glorious deeds of her sons in arms. On land, on the sea, and in the air, she has played a nation's part. Her valiant army was the sure shield of this country [England] during it's darkest days and has now contributed powerfully to the liberation of Western Europe. At sea, in the Battle of the Atlantic, and in the air over Europe, the Canadians have been to the fore." - British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill 1875- 1965.
The sources and documentation used are available by request. I spent time at the National Archives of Canada researching the attestation papers of the men who were killed. These provided birth and death dates, information on postings, courses taken and training periods, nature of casualties, medical reports,details re air crashes and loss of naval ships.
The Commonwealth Graves Commission Web Site is an excellent resource.
I am grateful to Billy McGee who through E-mail correspondence provided me with details of the merchant ships losses.
To the families and friends of the veterans who provided us with photos and data we extend our sincere thanks.
The Shelburne Coast Guard, the Halifax Herald and Halifax Chronicle provided pertinent details and were also the source of a number of photos.
This community memories segment is part of a detailed docmented publication which includes the Shelburne County Veterans who survived and lived successful lives. The book was published in the spring of 2004.
Eleanor Robertson Smith