November 3, 2018. Once we tell a story about a particular person in this project, it usually turns out to be just the beginning of that person’s story. Since this blog began, we’ve included updates, and we’ll continue to do so. In this posting, we have two brief updates on two stories.
1. Elmer MUTTART, the PEI pilot from WWII: Several postings have been made about this pilot’s story and the work being done by Pieter, the Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation in The Netherlands, and the Tryon and Area Historical Society in Canada, to install a memorial panel in Wons, The Netherlands to honour Elmer and the crew of the Halifax bomber that was shot down on October 12, 1941.
UPDATE: The ceremony to install the memorial panel is scheduled for October 12, 2019 in The Netherlands.
Donations are still being collected towards the ‘Muttart Memorial Fund’ for a memorial panel in Wons, The Netherlands. If you would like to donate, cheques may be written out to TAHS and mailed to Tryon & Area Historical Society (TAHS), PO Box 38, Crapaud PE C0A 1J0. In the subject line, identify your cheque as being for the “Muttart Memorial Fund”. A charitable donation receipt will be sent to all donors.
If you wish to donate and you live in Europe: Bank transfers may be made to Stichting Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation, Bank Account # (IBAN) NL35ABNA0569579856, and state in the subject line “Attn D.S. Drijver for Halifax L9561”.
2. Elmyr KRUGER, the WW1 soldier from the prairies who is buried in Cape Traverse, PEI: Elmyr’s story was told in a recent posting and in an article published in the County Line Courier. (See https://bordencarletonresearchproject.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/the-forgotten-ww1-soldier/)
UPDATE: Pieter contacted the City of North Battleford Historic Archives and told them the story and asked if they might have more information and a photo. After a search, archivist Tammy Donahue Buziak found a photo of the 232nd Battalion. As Tammy wrote “Elmyr would most likely be in this image somewhere.” Hopefully, one day, someone will identify Elmyr. This story is getting quite a bit of attention. We’ll have to rename the story the ‘No Longer Forgotten WW1 Soldier’!
On October 31, the story that ran in the County Line Courier was republished in The Battlefords News-Optimist under the title ‘Forgotten First World War soldier from Mullingar’. (See https://www.newsoptimist.ca/community/local-culture/forgotten-first-world-war-soldier-from-mullingar-1.23481997 and https://www.sasktoday.ca/north/in-the-community/forgotten-first-world-war-soldier-from-mullingar-4126223)
If you have photos or information to share on soldiers from the Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Legion, please let us know. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog.
UPCOMING PRESENTATION: Pieter has been invited to be a guest speaker at St John The Evangelist Church in Crapaud during their Remembrance Day service, which begins at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
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