March 21, 2018. In two previous blog entries the story of George Preston Smith was shared. SMITH, of Kinkora, was with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, and lost his life in a freak accident in Belgium during WWII when his gun went off while he was trying to pull it out from under a pile of coats stashed in the back of a military truck. (See On the War Memorial Trail ….. At The Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek and On the War Memorial Trail ….. PEI Soldiers Buried In The Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek)
After reading an article mentioning Smith, “On the War Memorial Trail ….. PEI Soldiers Buried In The Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek”, published in the County Line Courier, one reader, who asked to remain anonymous, shared a photo of George Preston Smith with Alice van Bekkum of the Faces To Graves Foundation in The Netherlands and also with Pieter as part of the Cenotaph Research Project.
This generous gesture is giving this soldier an additional layer to his personality, as can be seen from this undated photo. If you have a story about George Preston Smith or more photos, please let us know.
Smith is buried at Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek. If you have photos or information on any other WWII soldiers who are buried in The Netherlands, please help the researchers at the Faces to Graves project by sharing that information. Photos and stories can be sent either through their website at http://facestograves.nl/index.html or by email to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll forward on your behalf.
In looking at missing faces for the Borden-Carleton Cenotaph Research Project, which this blog documents, we are still seeking photos for the following:
Names still without faces from WWI
- James CAIRNS, born in Kinkora
- Leigh Hunt CAMERON, born in Albany
- James Lymon CAMERON, born in Victoria
- William Galen CAMPBELL, born in Wellington
- Bazil CORMIER, born in Tignish
- Joseph Arthur DESROCHES, born in Miscouche
- James Graham FARROW, birthplace unknown
- Charles LOWTHER, born in North Carleton
- Arthur Clinton ROBINSON, born in Tryon
- Harry ROBINSON, born in Augustine Cove
Names still without faces from WWII
- Leonard Stephen AVERY, born in Bedeque
- John Daniel FERGUSON, born in Borden
- Singleton Charles JEFFREY, born in Bayfield, New Brunswick
Please check your old photo albums and see if you might not have one of these men in them! Our goal is to find a photo for them all! Please share your comments and stories by emailing us at email@example.com or by commenting on this blog.
UPCOMING PRESENTATION: Pieter has been invited to speak about the Cenotaph Research Project at Central Trinity United Church in Breadalbane at 7 pm on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photos and information about soldiers welcome. Members of the Tryon & Area Historical Association will be present to accept donations to the “Muttart Memorial Fund”.
© Daria Valkenburg