Every November 11th, I dedicate a blog post to four ancestors who served in the First and Second World Wars and my parents who served with the R.C.A.F. in peace time.
- WWI: My great-grandfather M Corporal John Moreland (1882-1940) (RCGA) (#1257597)
- WWII: My great-uncle Gerald John Moynahan (1908-1961) (RCAMC)
- WWII: My great-uncle Thomas Bernard Moynahan (1909-1974) (RCOC & RCEME)
- WWII: My 1st cousin 2x removed Leo Joseph Martin Broderick (1919-1943) KIA (RCAF) (R/109822)
"More than a third of Canadians are unaware if they had ancestors who participated in either of the world wars" (based on a survey by ancestry.ca.)
|Gerald Moynahan's CVSM 1939-1945 Medal & Clasp and Attestation Papers |
(Source: Moynahan Archives/ Cindi Moynahan-Foreman)
- 2016: Every November 11 - I Remember Them
- 2015: November 11 - Remembering My Ancestors
- 2014: Remembrance Day 2014 - Lest We Forget
to This Remembrance
This year am adding some names that I have come across in my ongoing genealogical research.
My Tilbury, Ontario second cousin (2x removed) James Coveny was killed in the First World War on the 28th of August 1918, 1 Mile S of Arras, France.
|Source: Library and Archives Canada; War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death; Box: 167 ; Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948|
|James Coveny was buried at: Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: D. 21. Created by: CWGC/ABMC Record added: Aug 06, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 56184696|
|John, Florence (Curd) and Dorothy Moreland (c1910)|
My Haligonian cousin reminded me of my maternal ancestors that married military men:
- Ann Sangster married Archibald Crichton (Fofar & Kardine Militia 1802)
- Jane Dewar married Robert Crichton (Royal Garrison Artillery 1823-1846)
- Catherine Power married Charles Douglas Crichton (Royal Garrison Artillery 1859-1882)
- Effie Tomlin married Charles Robert Crichton (Royal Dockyard Worker)
- Effie Tomlin married William Melhuish (Royal Navy 1911-1919)
- Dorothy Moreland married Frederick Douglas Creighton (Royal Dockyard Worker)
- xxxxx married Kenneth Creighton (RCAF 1959-1969)
- xxxxx married my Haligonian cousin (Royal Canadian Navy (1986-2006)
|My Atlantic military ancestors|
- William Melhuish (1890-1954)
- Dawn (Creighton) Moynahan (1936-1981)
- Charles Laidlaw (1916-1998)
- Dale Huston (1953-1976)
- Myron Huston (1927-1972)
- Clyde Garrison (1921-1994)
- Jack Creighton (1935-1995)
I have written about Jerry Moynahan previously (Kent County (Ontario) Moynahan Ancestors ) and recently I became aware of his military service through a website called "Gathering Our Heroes" which aims to compile all of the names and stories of the World War I and II veterans from Chatham-Kent, on a website, and to make it accessible to everyone through the internet.
|Jerry Moynahan of Tilbury, Ontario (1918-2011)|
"Jerry enlisted with the Essex Scottish I September of 1939. (TT 28/09/39) and he transferred to be a Signalman A21902 with the army in Germany.
While near Calcar, Germany serving with the battalion headquarters, they were surrounded by the enemy. The group fought off repeated attacks over night as the Germans tried to capture the town. They sheltered in the cellar while Nazi artillery fired on the building. (CDN 8/03/45)
Reported returning from overseas duty aboard HMCS St. Laurent, expected to dock at “an eastern Canadian port” soon. (CDN 8/09/45). Jerry was reported being welcomed back to Chatham from overseas duty by Aldermen George Kerr KC., A. G. Goodman and Bert Joyce also by Rehabilitation Officer William Foreman and Alex Copeland for the Civil Reception Committee along with hundreds of citizens. (CDN 12/09/45)".
|The Conlon Family (c1910) (Source: Photo archives of Pete Foreman)|
The young man in he rear is John Aloysius Conlon who served in WWI. I have had no luck tracking down his military records. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland May 15, 1898 and he died suddenly in Toronto on December 8, 1962.
|The Sutherlands: (Source: Sandy Sutherland, Find A Grave, Memorial# 65543591)|
He enlisted January 22, 1916 at the age of 44 years and 11 months. He was:
- five feet six inches tall
- fresh complexion, dark eyes and grey hair
- On June 13, 1916, he was considered fit for service
Nurse Bernice (Phillips) Moynahan (xxxx-1980)was married to my great-uncle Gerald Moynahan (1908-1961) (RCAMC) and the story goes that she was a young nurse from England and they met during the war.
After the war, they lived in Windsor, Ontario and she worked as a nurse at Bendix. I am still searching for her records.