Thursday, August 25, 2022

Courage And Sacrifices

 Elsie MacGill was Chief Aeronautical Engineer at one of the Canadian war plants making planes for the war- in fact she would be known as the Queen of the Hurricanes for her innovations to that fighter.

George Reynolds spent his war as an instructor, teaching new pilots the skills they needed to fight in the air.

Twin brothers- Grant and Roy Campbell. They served in the air war and died a month apart. Imagine the impact on the family at home: both of them. And yet countless families would suffer enormous losses, with young men who would never see home again.

Roy's uniform jacket is here, along with items belonging to Grant.

Even at home you weren't safe. Munitions worker Albert Soque won the George Medal for civilian bravery saving the life of a co-worker in a fire.

Minnie Gray would go to war as part of the Canadian Women's Army Corps, getting opportunities she wouldn't have had at home as an African-Canadian woman.

This is her uniform.

This quilt was made by a London woman on her nights in bomb shelters during the height of the Blitz.

George Boyer served at sea, starting in the Pacific but ending up in the dangers of the Atlantic campaign.

Gwendoline Green met her husband, a Canadian serviceman, by chance in England. Later she would marry him.

And here's the suit she wore on their wedding day.

I close out today with a book that was distributed to British war brides who would end up accompanying their husbands home after the war, explaining how life in Canada had some differences with what they had known in Britain.


  1. A wonderful post on these courageous people. Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Grandes figuras que merecen ser recordadas. Una gran sala del Museo se preocupado de que permanezca en la memoria, por largos años.

  3. There is an irony that the war opened up opportunities for women they should have had for years.

  4. ...war has a high cost and causes many adjustments.

  5. @Eileen: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @David: that's true.

    @Marie: indeed.

    @Tom: definitely.

  6. So many losses for families and friends.

  7. Lots of memories displayed here.

  8. There were thousands of personal stories of the effort made to win the war.

  9. Wonderful tribute and photos ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Thankful for all their contributions!

  11. Wonderful people, their lives make history real.

  12. I love seeing the clothing and personal items. It really brings it home.

  13. And did we learn from all the people who gave sacrifice and saddened the loved ones.

  14. An impressive list of courageous people.

  15. @RedPat: definitely.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Sharon: there are.

    @Red: many indeed.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @LC: I agree.

    @Parsnip: very true.

  16. @Maywyn: they do.

    @Jeanie: it does indeed.

    @Gemel: I think so too.

    @Joanne: there were.

    @Iris: sometimes you wonder.

    @Jan: that is true.

    @Francisco: thanks.

  17. War is never ever good, all high costs you are spot on!