January 18, 2021. Last fall, a posting featured Pieter’s search for 5 soldiers from WW1 and WW2:
- WW1 soldier Bazil CORMIER
- WW1 soldier James CAIRNS
- WW2 soldier John Clifford ROGERS
- WW2 soldier Vernon James NIXON
- WW2 soldier Philip Hubert LONG
Family subsequently came forward with photos for Vernon James Nixon and Philip Hubert Long, but the rest are still ‘faceless’.
Numerous attempts have been made to find family of the three others, with no success. I would have given up, but not Pieter. On Friday, January 15, 2021, he was interviewed by Angela Walker on CBC Radio’s Mainstreet PEI about WW2 soldier Pte John Clifford Rogers, who is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek in The Netherlands, after losing his life on March 3, 1945 in Germany. Here are the key facts known about him:
- He was born 19 August 1925 in Hope River, Prince Edward Island, the son of Andrew Rogers and Phoebe Gallant.
- He had three other siblings: The oldest, Ferdinand Joseph, was born in 1921 and served with The North Nova Scotia Highlanders. He landed on D-Day in France and was killed in action on July 25, 1944. His body was never found and he is commemorated on a monument at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bayeux, France.
- The younger siblings were Walter Angus, born around 1930, and Marie Gladys, born around 1934.
- The family lived at No. 7 Young Street in Charlottetown when John Clifford and Ferdinand Joseph were killed.
You can listen to the radio interview here: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-130-mainstreet-pei/clip/15819180-pieter-valkenburg-searching-john-clifford-rogers-information
In addition to the radio interview, an appeal has gone out on YouTube, which you can watch here:
Let’s hope someone will see one of these appeals for a photo and help put a face to the name of John Clifford Rogers! If you can help with a photo or information, please email Pieter at email@example.com, comment on the blog, or tweet to @researchmemori1. Photos and stories are still being collected for the Atlantic Canada Remembers series.
Thank you to Angela Walker and the team at CBC’s Mainstreet PEI and to Wendy Nattress, our post-production editor for the YouTube videos.
To read the original posting about the 5 soldiers, and a profile on Philip Hubert Long:
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