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The late Major George H. Sams of Gaspe, Quebec, is a veteran of both World War I and World War II. During the First World War he served with the 189th Battalion and the 14th Battalion while overseas and during the Second World War he served with the 82nd Anti-Tank Battery. After returning to civilian life in 1945 he worked until retirement at the Liquor Commission in Gaspe. He passed away in 1983. He was one of the Charter Members and a past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 in Gaspe.
Edward Lewis Sauson.
Lester Lawrence Sauson.
Oliver Ray Sauson.
Harold Savidant, originally from Gaspe, Quebec, joined the 82nd Anti-Tank Battery in July of 1940. He served in England, France and Holland. He is now retired and lives in Weston, Ontario.
Herman Charles Savidant.
Leighan Scott, son of the late Harry Scott and Marie Scott of Paspebiac, Quebec, was a member of the 407 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was listed as missing in action in May of 1942 and was never found.
Louis A. Sexton.
John Alexander Shalala.
Leo Shearer from New Carlisle, Quebec, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on September 11th, 1941. He became an air-gunner and was promoted to the rank of Flying Officer while overseas. He was a member of the No. 15 Squadron RAF before transferring to the No. 408 Squadron RAF. He was discharged in January 1946 and moved to Barrie, Ontario where he is employed by Maldex Company.
Leslie Walter Shore.
Reginald Ernest Simons.
Robert Campbell Sinclair.
Lance Corporal Benjamin Walter Singleton (H6256) served with the Winnipeg Grenadiers during the Second World War. He was shipped overseas to China in November of 1941 and only one month later, after the fall of Hong Kong, was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. He survived in the prison camps until January 22nd, 1943, when he succumbed to illness. He was laid to rest at Sai Wan War Cemetery.
Lewis Sinnett served in RCA infantry and participated in the Italian campaign. He saw action in places like Monte Cassino. He received the Italy Star Medal 1939-1945, the Victory Medal (Defence 1939-1945), and the Canadian Volunteer Service medal and clasp. He was a corporal. His brother, Albert, also served during the Second World War and his father, Jeremiah Sinnett, saw action at Vimy Ridge during the First World War. Lewis Sinnett also served as the President of the Legion of Gaspe after the war ended. (Information courtesy of Diane Sinnett.)
Raymond Sleigher, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sleigher of Nouvelle, Quebec, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in June of 1943. Raymonds brother, Simon, had joined the air force a few months earlier as an air gunner. Raymond trained as an air frame mechanic and served in Canada at different bases in Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and P.E.I. His brother was killed in action after being shot down by a German Fighter Plane over England in 1944. After the war Raymond returned to his studies in book keeping and later worked in the Public Health Department. He was married to Janine LeBlanc in 1951 and the couple had three daughters, Rejane, Muriel, and Gabrielle, as well as one son, Jean-Pierre.
Mid Upper Gunner Joseph Simon Sleigher was born on June 12, 1922 to Joseph and Marie Sleigher of Drapeau, Quebec. He went by his middle name, Simon. He was twenty one years old when he was killed in an airplane crash on the North Yorkshire Moors. His aircraft encountered bad weather while returning to base. It crashed, killing everyone aboard. He is buried at Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire. He left five sisters (Jeanne, Therese, Marthe, Simone and Gabrielle) as well as six brothers (Raymond. Jean-Guy, Eugene, Jos, Regis and Edouard).
Bernard Smith was born in New Carlisle, Quebec, but was raised in the Montreal area. He was a Korean veteran, having served with the Royal Canadian Regiment 3rd Battalion (Paratrooper) and with the KVA, Unite 20. He was wounded twice in the line of duty while serving in Korea. He passed away on August 5 after a long illness.
Burns Craig Smith.
Edward Albert Smith.
George Ernest Smith.
John Earle Denison Smith.
Robert Archibald Smith.
Dewey Smollett, of New Carlisle, Quebec, was a Sergeant in the 14th Battalion from 1914 until 1918.
Thomas W. Snear.
Reginald David Sommerville.
George Arthur Soper.
James Clayton McCarthy Spence.
Arthur Raymond Squires.
Colin Alden Standish (E29812), of Cookshire, Quebec, was the Company Quartermaster-Sergeant of C Company of the Royal Rifles of Canada.
Fred Starnes, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Starnes of New Carlisle, Quebec, joined the RCA in Montreal in 1942. He served with the R.Co.C. until his discharge in October 1944. After the war he worked for Dosco Steelco in Montreal for twenty-four years until 1979 when he was forced to take an early retirement due to poor health.
Gerald E Starnes served in the army alongside his three brothers, Merrill, Rex, and Elmer, during the Second World War.
James Starnes enlisted with the Royal Canadian Engineers but transferred to the Nova Scotia Highlanders during the Second World War. He was reported as missing in action in Holland in 1944. He subsequently became a prisoner of war until being liberated at the end of the war. He passed away in New Carlisle on September 15, 1984.
Merrill K. Starnes, of New Carlisle, Quebec, joined the Merchant Marines in 1936. In 1939 he was a member of the Royal Navy and saw action in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic North and took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. After being injured with the No. 58 Patrol off Iceland he returned home and worked on the Canadian National Railway for sometime before rejoining the Merchant Navy as a Marine Engineer.
William Starnes was a member of the United States Army in the 1890s. He later moved to the Gaspe Coast and worked on the railway as a conductor. Five of his sons (Will, Elmyr, Gerald, Med, and Rex) enlisted during the Second World War.
John Edwin St. Croix.
St. Croix, J.
Randolph David Steele.
Billy Stewart was born October 20th, 1921. He enlisted for military service at the tender age of 17 with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He saw this as a chance to volunteer for Military Service and, at the same time, learn to fly. His enrollment in the RCAF was official upon reaching his 18th birthday. Billy began as a ground crew member, before transferring to air crew and, finally, enrolling for pilot training. He graduated from Advanced Flying School in Moncton in early July of 1941.
Billys last trip home was very important to him as he was engaged to his sweetheart, Joyce Nelson. It was also a very emotional time for his parents who knew, like all other parents, what the future might hold for their son.
After what was a very eventful crossing he arrived in England in August 1941. According to his Logbook, the time in Britain was filled with training on many different aircraft and a long time was spent piloting Air Navigators in training at a Base in Scotland. Billy Stewart was finally transferred to Bomber Command 408 Goose Squadron (Lancaster Bombers) on a base in Yorkshire. Then it was the real thing B trips to Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen and many other important centres; all prime targets. In his Logbook he mentions many times of being hit by enemy fire of one kind or another and of sometimes not being able to make it back to their own base. Not many months before his last mission, Billy was promoted to Squadron leader. The official announcement said he was then the youngest man holding that Rank in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
According to his Logbook, Billy Stewart had been assigned to help Soften up Marshalling Yards at Cambrai, France. This was in line with the Allied advance which began a week earlier on the Beaches of Normandy. This target was of utmost importance to the enemy; consequently the resistance to the air raids was very intense. After having downed one attacking German Fighter and defending themselves against other attacks, Billy Stewart and his crew were so badly shot up that only two of the crew were able to bail out. The rest of the crew went down with their Lancaster Bomber. At some later date news was received that the aircrew was buried in a common grave at Forenville, France. Billy Stewart, like so many other soldiers, gave his life in military service, as he died on June 12th, 1944.
Leslie Robert Stickles.
G. S. Stoddard.
John C. St. Onge.
St. Onge, J.
Alphonse St. Pierre.
St. Pierre, A.
Kenneth Ross Strang.
John Raymond Stroud.
John Lewis Robert Sutcliffe.
Carl Sweetman, of Port Daniel, Quebec, was killed in action at Vimy Ridge in April 1917.
Sargent Edwin Lauder Sweetman was born February 6th, 1893 to Claude H. Sweetman and Amelia McGee of Port Daniel, Quebec. He enlisted in the 148th Battalion of the Royal Highlanders of Canada (The Blackwatch) during the First World War. Lauders younger brother, Carl, also enlisted and fought in France. Carl died in France but Lauder returned home and married Eva Lawrence in the 1940s. They had a daughter, Margaret Ann. E. Lauder Sweetman passed away in his native town of Port Daniel on July 7th, 1972 at the age of 79.
Dempsey Aaron Syvret was born September 3rd 1921 in the town of Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie, Gaspe. His mother passed away when he was 10. The church put the children in an orphanage in Quebec City.
As Dempsey was turning 18 the war broke out so he joined the Army and became part of the Royal Rifles of Quebec City. They were stationed in Newfoundland where he was a rifle instructor. Soon the Royal Rifles were shipped to Hong Kong to protect the British colony from the Japanese invasion. The Japanese attacked on December 7th 1941. On the 25th of December the surviving Canadians were captured by the Japanese and put into POW camps. He spent time in the shipyards and the coal mines in China and Japan.