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Edward Butler Walker.
James Stanford Walsh.
Howard Guy Ward.
Anna May Waters was born in Strathroy, Ontario on January 21st, 1903. In May 1940, May Waters was appointed to the nursing service, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp (RCAMC) and, in October 1941, she left Canada with another nursing sister, Kay Christie, and the C Force Battalion to serve in Hong Kong. When Hong Kong fell on Christmas Day 1941, May Waters and Kay Christie were nursing in the British military hospital. On August 10th, 1942, the hospital was taken over by the Japanese and the nursing staff personnel were moved to Stanley prison camp. She remained a prisoner of war until she was freed on December 2nd, 1943. She returned to Canada to recover from her ordeal. On April 6th, 1944 in Halifax, May Waters was presented with the Royal Red Cross, second class, by Brigadier General J. C. Stewart. From September 1944 to August 1946, May Waters rejoined her unit and served as part of the ships staff aboard the TSS Letitia, a hospital ship that operated in the Atlantic and Pacific. In October 1945, May was briefly reunited with some of the Hong Kong POWs in Hawaii, as they recuperated before returning to Canada.
After being discharged from the army, May Waters continued to devote herself to humanitarian works. In April 1956, May Waters began to work with a group of nuns in a leper colony. She continued to serve this unfortunate community for thirteen years until she retired in May 1968. Anna May Waters passed away on December 8th, 1987 at the age of 84.
Gordon Ira Watters (E30556) served with the Royal Rifles of Canada during the Second World War.
Frank Weary joined the army in 1940 at New Carlisle, Quebec. He was initially stationed with the 57th Anti-Aircraft Battery of the First A/A Regiment, but when the regiment broke up while serving in Italy he was transferred to the Service Corps and then to the First Canadian Provost Corps. He served in England, Italy, France and Germany. After the war he worked for the Canadian National Railway for many years before retiring in 1974.
Sidney David Weary.
Sergeant Robert William Webster (H6045), father of Joan Patricia Beryy of Regina, Saskatchewan, served with the Winnipeg Grenadiers during the Second World War. He was deployed to China in November of 1941 and only a month later, after the fall of Hong Kong, he was captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war. He died in the prison camps on March 7th, 1944 at age 31. He was laid to rest at Yokohama War Cemetery.
Rifleman Allen Benjamin Welsh (E30395), son of Sarah Dickson and Ruben Welsh was born on Entry Island on February 7th, 1920. He joined the army at age 20 on August 27th, 1940 and was assigned to the Royal Rifles of Canada. He was deployed overseas to China in November of 1941 and only a month later, on Christmas Day 1941, was captured by Japanese troops and held as a prisoner of war. Tragically, Allen Welsh died from diphtheria during his captivity as a POW at Sham Shui Po camp in Hong Kong on October 7th, 1942. He was only 22 years old at the time of his death. He was laid to rest at Sai Wan War Cemetery.
Ernest Edwin Welsh.
William Delbert Louis Welsh.
Ernest Maurice West.
Cecil Thomas Whalen.
Rifleman Ritchie Wheeler (E30448), son of Mr. and Mrs. David Wheeler of Runnymede, Quebec, served with the Royal Rifles of Canada during the Second World War.
Walter Clifford Whillier.
Raymond Whittom, son of the late Ernest Whittom of Paspebiac, Quebec, was a stretcher bearer with the Regiment de la Chaudiere. He saw served in England, France, Belgium, and Holland.
Richard Gadd Wikinsly.
Angus Frank Wilbur.
Clarence Joseph Gerald Wilbur.
Arthur C. Wilkinson.
Arnold (Willy) Willett.
Byron Joseph Willett.
Ella Edra Willett.
Gladyn Benjamin Willett.
Nevin Willett, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Willett of New Richmond, Quebec, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on April 1st, 1943. He served as a tail gunner with the Bomber Command, 433 Squadron. He completed a tour of operational duty in action against the enemy and received his operational wings in recognition of gallant services. He was discharged on May 10th, 1945 with the rank of Flying Officer. Nevin Willett passed away at the Montreal General Hospital on December 18th, 1980, at the age of 63.
Percy J. Willett.
Gerard Mott Williams.
Joseph W. Wilson.
Lillian Winters, daughter of the late Mansfield Astles of New Carlisle, Quebec, was a member of the C.W.A.C. from 1939 until 1945.
Bertram C Woodman.
Earl Woodman, of Cullens Brook, Quebec, served with the 244th Battalion Kitcheners Own from 1914 until 1918 and through wounds lost a leg. He passed away in 1975.
Francis (Frank) Woodman.
Roy Woodman was a World War II veteran. He was the son of the late Howard J. Woodman and Hildred A. MacWhirter and grew up in the New Richmond area. He enlisted into active service with the Royal Rifles of Canada on December 17th, 1940. He was one of the lucky ones who missed going to Hong Kong. Roy Woodman spent two years in the Military Police before transferring to the Canadian Armored Corp as a Mechanical Instructor. He went overseas and was transferred to RHR Blackwatch. He saw action in Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was wounded on April 15th, 1945 and returned to Canada four months later in August. Roy Woodman has since been a very successful businessman in Port Hope, Ontario. He has now retired and is the father of five boys and one girl. He has 12 grandchildren.
William Jonathon Woodman.
Arnold Rawlin Smith Woodside.