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Old 29-10-17, 11:49
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Default Tracing relatives in toronto

Hi guys
Trying to trace any relatives of this Canadian soldier for a Dutch researcher friend of mine.
All we know is he was from Toronto and his War Graves info.
Any leads or pointers please?
Any good reference places, museums etc.
Thanks in advance
Paul

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Hello Paul, try to trace next of kin of the following soldier:, thnks in advance, https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...hedley-morden/
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Old 01-11-17, 02:51
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Once again I am amazed at the resource that MLU is to so many , and the equally amazing people that assist with questions and queries. Well done!
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Old 01-11-17, 03:11
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Here's the 1921 census and an Ancestry page.
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Old 01-11-17, 04:18
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I find the Ancestry.com site very useful.
If someone is on the 1921 or earlier censuses you can easily trace the ancestors of most of them back a couple of hundred years.
I traced my Pope ancestors back to the early 1500s in England.
Here's some pages from Hedley's military records.
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1940 Cab 11 C8 Wireless with 1A2 box & 11 set
1940 Cab 11 C8 cab and chassis
1940 Cab 11 C15 with 2A1 & Motley mount & Lewis gun
1940 Cab 11 F15A w/ Chev rear ends
1941 Cab 12 F15A
1942-44 Cab 13 F15A x 5
1942 cab 13 F15A with 2B1 box
1943 cab 13 F15A with 2H1 box
1943 Cab 13 C8A HUP
1944 Cab 13 C15A with 2C1 box
1943 Cletrac M2 High Speed Tractor
MkII Bren gun carrier chassis x 2

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Old 01-11-17, 10:39
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WOW guys, thank you so much, great information there to be started with.
The power of MLU just keeps getting better by the day.
I will pass all this onto Philip, my Dutch friend and any contact information given.
I'm sure this will help in any research he is doing.
Many thanks again, much appreciated my friends

Paul
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Old 01-11-17, 21:54
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Thank you Stuart
I hear great stories all the time of heroism beyond what we were mortals could imagine.
These stories need telling and passed onto the next generation before they are lost in the ether forever.
If I pass you Philips email would you contact him please with anything you know.
For some reason he is not getting my links.
Very much appreciated
Paul
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Old 02-11-17, 02:32
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Here's the statements from two members of the patrol.
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1940 Cab 11 C8 Wireless with 1A2 box & 11 set
1940 Cab 11 C8 cab and chassis
1940 Cab 11 C15 with 2A1 & Motley mount & Lewis gun
1940 Cab 11 F15A w/ Chev rear ends
1941 Cab 12 F15A
1942-44 Cab 13 F15A x 5
1942 cab 13 F15A with 2B1 box
1943 cab 13 F15A with 2H1 box
1943 Cab 13 C8A HUP
1944 Cab 13 C15A with 2C1 box
1943 Cletrac M2 High Speed Tractor
MkII Bren gun carrier chassis x 2

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Old 02-11-17, 05:56
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The clarity in those accounts, and the detachment of the formal letters. That, and that they were found so quickly. I guess the Internet isn't just for videos of cute kittens and spreading conspiracy theories.
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Old 29-11-17, 00:17
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Default Hello, Stuart

I am new to the forum, and happened upon your name while conducting some research for a novel I hope to write. While there continue to be Canadian novels written that are set during the First World War, there is a dearth of World War II fiction written from the Canadian perspective. In fact, I believe there hasn't been any novel written about the Canadian involvement in WW II for close to 50 years.

I would like to change that, and I'm hoping you might be able to provide some assistance as I gather the historical material necessary to authenticate the experience of our soldiers during that war.

I am particularly interested in speaking with you because the soldiers in my story are members of the Lake Superior Regiment. I have already conducted considerable research into the regiment's involvement in the Normandy fighting. I have purchased your father's excellent book not once, but twice. I provided one of my copies to a veteran of the LSR that I met earlier this year, and he absolutely loved it.

He served in the mortar platoon, support company, and while he didn't know your father during the war, he recalls contemporaneously hearing about the incident that was mentioned in your father's book, when a drunken comrade pointed a weapon at your father. He subsequently met your father post-war at various events for the veterans of the regiment, including a trip overseas. He has high praise for your father.

I have spoken with Richard Diem on several occasions, and he has been very helpful. I would be very grateful if you could spare some time for a phone call so I can ask you about some research and archival avenues I'd like to explore.

Thanks very much for your time...

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Old 29-11-17, 03:28
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