|I remember them: John Moreland, Leo Broderick, brothers Gerald & Bernard Moynahan and my parents|
That is why I created this Remembrance Day blog post which is dedicated to four ancestors who served in the First and Second World Wars and my parents who served in the RCAF.
- WWI - my great grandfather John Miller Moreland (1882-1940)
- WWII- my great uncle Gerald Moynahan (1908-1961)
- WWII- my great uncle Bernard Moynahan (1909-1974)
- WWII - my 1st cousin (2x removed) Leo Joseph Broderick (1919-1943) Killed In Action
- Fenian Raids - my 2nd great grandfather Martin Broderick (1831-1915)
- U.S. Civil War - my 1st cousin (4x removed) James Moynahan (1842-1919)
Corporal John Moreland (1257597) served as a gunner with the No. 9 Overseas Siege Battery - Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery (RCGA) Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). He embarked for overseas at Halifax on the 29th of September 1916. He served in England and France. While he was with the 8th Candian Siege Battery they fell under intense bombardment on the 28th of May 1918. John Moreland was wounded by shell gas and sent to hospital. He returned to Halifax 10 January 1919. More details can be found here.
|Cpl. John Moreland with daughter Dorothy and wife Florence (Curd)|
|1907 photo of the Halifax RCGA|
from Vintage Halifax
|Photo Credit: The Memory Project|
|Gerald John Moynahan (far right) with friends in Picadilly Square England|
Thomas Bernard Moynahan (1909-1974) started active service in the RCOC (Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps) and later the RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) on the 12th of July 1940 in Windsor, Ontario. He served 57 months overseas in the U.K., the Mediterannean and NW Europe. His trade on enlistment was a motorcyclist and a clerk.
After the war, Bernard planned to return to his former employer Chrysler Motors Co. of Canada
|Thomas Bernard Moynahan|
Picture taken in Edinburgh, Scotland
|Leo Broderick killed in action 1943|
Leo Joseph Martin Broderick served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a bomb aimer.
On Sept 5, 1943 at 19:25, Leo's plane left Gransden Lodge airfield, England on a mission of "bombardment" destined for Manneheim, Germany. There were seven men aboard the Halifax aircraft- the maximum for the aircraft.
The plane crashed at Nussloch, 9 km SSEof Heidelberg, Germany.
- One man was injured:Sgt J.E.Vidler (Rear Gunner)
- Three men were taken as prisoners of war:
- Sgt C.Hewitson 535857 RAF (Flight Engineer),
- Sgt R.Thomson 1550695 RAFVR (Navigator) and
- Sgt J.H.Briggs 1082027 RAFVR (WOp Gunner)
- Three men were killed at the crash site at Nussloch (9 km SSE of Heidelberg) where they were originally buried until moved to Durnbach cemetery:
- Sgt A.C.Brunton 658381 RAFVR(Pilot)
- W/O L.J.M.Broderick R/109822 RCAF (Bomb Aimer)
- Sgt G.E.Agate 1391419 RAFVR (Mid Upper Gunner)
R.C.A.F. Peace Time Service: My Parents
Both of my parents served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F) in the 1950s in the Atlantic and in Comox, B.C. (where I was born)..
|My father in the back row second from the left.|
|My father second from the right.|
|My father on the left.|
|My mother with her baby sister.|
|My mother - Middle row, third from the right.|
|My mother's discharge papers|
to honour my ancestors
to honour all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
to pray for an end to all of the wars
around the world.
I pray for peace.