The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 12, 1944 · 11
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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 11

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Saturday, August 12, 1944
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'It's Girls!' It's Cana'diaris!!' Soldiers and French Greet Red Cross Group Lt. (RC) Jean Ellis, daughter of Mrs. A. H MacLachlan of Victories and niece of Mrs. J. Jr. Reid of this city, meriting to her family from Normandy, the. letter post-marked lett than three weeks ago, gttet a vivid word account of the Channel crotting of the Red Crot group and the landing of the first Canadian General Hospital in Franc. Following are excerpt from the letter of Lt. Ellis, whose husband, the late Lt. Henry George Ellis, RCNVR, lost his life in the early part of the war. t "This Is the most unusual day in my life. ...I'm onathe Englislf Channel crossing to 'somewhere in France'. We're allowed to say that we nurses and Red Cross girls are travelling on a hospital ship In luxury. We had thought during all these months of preparation that we'd cross as the troops did on 'D-Day, but we ve au been given beds, .... - j..; - V "The ship crosses to Normandy empty and brings back a load of wounded to England, so we are unarmed personnel and have the privilege of crossing with her. "We've been told to look happy as we go ashore tomorrow moraine, as there may be reporters and photographers to publicize the landing of the first Canadian General Hospital in France. Good old LucKy Seven! We're the envy of all the RCAMC as each hospital wanted to be the first. LIKE PLEASURE CRUISE "Tonight hardly seems as If there's a war on. The crew Is on the lower deck drinking beer, playing their guitars and accor- dlans and are taking turns at en-tertainine us. The girls are sing' ing with them and behind us all is a setting sun to make it seem like a Dleasure cruise. "Just before going aboard, we stayed in a camp with English, American and Canadian units and were on those grand Amer ican rations. We were also handed our concentrated rations In case of emergency. "Immediately after receiving all the food, the Camp Officer handed us each three heavy paper bags and said: "These are vour Vomit baes for the cross- t lng!" It almost ruined the day lor us! If we had travelled on troop-carrying craft, we'd cer tainly need them, but we have REAL bathrooms on board and have each been given a set of seasick pills. ' HEART WARMING WELCOME July 20 "We landed on ' the coast of Normandy amid shouts of welcome from hundreds of soldiers of ay nations and French people. We were loaded into open trucks and drove through town ' after, town, waving to everyone lining the streets. "The - crowds , shouted, cried, threw flowers and kisses, shook our hands every time we stopped. The soldiers screamed: 'It's girls!! and Canadians!!!' And the tears rolled down my face. "The lads have been over here. fighting for every inch, for six weeks, and it did them so much good to see the girls arriving because it made them feel they were making enough progress for us to come over, and also be-cause they're a bit lonesome. GRIM WORK "We landed at a British hospital to spend the night. The next day the casualties were pouring in, so we all rolled up our sleeves and helped. Even I (not a nurse) was bathing the patients as soon as they were admitted to the ward, cutting their bloody clothes off them, giving them hot tea and cigarettes. They were all so brave and so grateful that we couldn't do enough for them. "It was terribly grim and several times I had to run outside the hot tents so I wouldn't be sick but just had to go back each time as the boys needed so much attention. They were suffering but they all smiled, or tried to smile. They were English, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, American, French, Austrian and even Germans . . . and all were treated alike. "The awful part Is to lie awake at nights and hear a huge battle going on, see the flashes of guns and know that the next day more casualties will pour in. We admit the patients in the early morning and evacuate them to England the next day or two and admit new ones again the same day. FIELD FARE "We worked 12 hours a day for three days, with breaks for lunch, tea and dinner. Breakfast was beans and sausage and dry biscuits, with a sort of tea that can only be called 'fluid intake.' It tastes sweet and hot, but that's all you can say for it Noon dinner is out of tins and is almost a sort of stew, with a dessert of fruit steamed pudding, but not bad. Afternoon tea is one slice of bread, margarine and jam and more 'fluid intake.' Evening supper Is out of more tins and consists of corned beef or Spam, a bit of cheese, 'hard tack' biscuits and the same tea. "One day I was too tired to eat at all, but I'm getting over that nonsense as we mustn't get tired and we must keep well. As a matter of fact I'm really in terribly good condition and can't say when I've felt better. I sleep quite well and waken only when the gunfire is heavy or during a nasty air raid. There's really no sense in getting scared, but it does take a bit of getting used to but I'm making the grade. LIFE IN A TENT 4 "Yesterday we moved to our own hospital site. Connie Har rison and I share a tent. We have to stoop a great deal if we're any place but In the centre, but we do that all day on the wards so that we 'now have permanent kinks in our backs. Today I walked out oi the tent all bent over and Connie asked why I didn't straighten up. I roared with laughter and replied I'd forgotten I was out in the open and that I COULD stand up straight. "We have a lot of fun among ourselves, and now that we're settled we've had hundreds of Canadians popping In to visit. They all seem so glad to see us over here. We've been on two RCAF parties. "Ross Keene drooped In two days ago. Fred Cabeldu got a nick between the eyes but will be alright soon. Cyril Wiehtman was, evacuated to England to a nospitai. jacK iiryaen paid the supreme sacnace . . . ana so it goes. They're all grand lads and I hope this awful slaughter will be over soon. Even the German patients are tired of it all . . . one laddie isn't old enough to shave and he's a patient in the British hospital. Tm enclosing some of the "stage" money we use. This Is a two-franc note, worth about five cents. It's funny having any money because we're out In the great open spaces and there's no place to spend it. we nave even a bottle of beer issued to us once a week. With our rations come seven cigarettes, one chocolate bar and seven boiled sweets each day." : a. -.1,. 1 Sv4v--i r.. ' r - ?i h r,r .'fa 4 ' 4hq fa I J ! i ''1 ' vi it - i -t't l- I (if - $ I - K . It , If J&ljfr ,4 R. H. Marlow Hlcture NAVAL WEDDING PRINCIPALS A reception at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club follouxd the impressive naval wedding in St. Marji'i Anglican Church, Friday afternoon, when Helen Louise, ony daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Wright, exchanged marriage vcwa with LT.' Cmdr. Herbert JSi'ows Mc Arthur, RCNVR, son of Mrs. McArthur and the late W. T. McArthur, all of Vancouver. Rt. Rev: Sir Francis Heathcote officiated. ' Frank Slide Survivors JJl j;r: Three Sisters Meet for First Time in 41 Years Three sisters, survivors of the historic Frank Slide disaster of April 29, 1903, were together in Vancouver this week for the first time since the crumbling mountainside buried the little mining community and took a toll of 68 lives, 41 years ago. They were the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Leitch who, with their four small sons, lost their lives under the avalanche of rock that rolled across two miles of the valley. ' Mrs. Lawrence McPhail of Nel- . Island Interlude By MtjHln Patterson Gregory son wa3 the storied "Frank baby" .Monro Moa a whose feeble cries attracted res- lYlVJwl Cl iCulu so that her two sisters -. , i dug out alive some hours, D i ac nHaV She was 18 months old IM I CO I UUu J cuers so that her were later. and was found unhurt under the roof of a demolished house that had been thrown up on the top of a pile of debris. Mrs. Rosemary L. Weeks -of Hamilton, jDnt, was the next youngest and the next dug out. She was then not yet four. Mrs! Jessie M. (Wilbur) Bryan of 601 Bute Street was - eldest, being then 13. The four brothers. killed with their parents . were between Rosemary and Jessie in age. , The three little girls, miraculously safe, were wrapped in blankets and taken to a home across the rock-filled valley and cared for until relatives arrived. Then they were taken to Cran-brook on a special train carrying survivors and stayed together for a time in the home of an uncle and aunt. After a time they were "adopted" by three separate families of relatives and were never together again until this week in Vancouver. On Thursday night they celebrated their reunion at a private dinner with a theatre party following. STAMP DAY Vancouver's Eighth Civic Stamp Day will be held on August 22 and women with two or more hours to spare are asked to volunteer for stamp seJling in one of the 17 suburban shopping was. A pnone call to MA 6185 will provide volunteers with com plete information. Lt. F. R. Abram arrived in the city today to spend leave with his wife and daughter, Joan, who are nere rrom Calgary, guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Paine. Miss Barbara Hunter, whose marriage to LAC. K. W. Small. RCAF, will take place August 29, win D3 nonoree when Miss Con-i stance Darllne entertains inform- ally at dinner this evening. At 10 o'clock this movning In St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Father Smeets celebrated nuptial ' mass at a double-ring ceremony, uniting Veronica Marie (Girlie), daugh ter of Mr. and MifS. Jack Neals, and Fred William (Gex) Moore, son of the late Mr.; and .-.Mrs Moore, all of this city. A recep tion followed at Canadian Le gion Hall. . Lengths of Articlan veiling fell from a coif of St. Joseph lilies and misted the bride's gown of jasmine white sheer, fashioned with an embroidered girdle, and the neckline enriched by the groom's gift of a gold locket and chain. ' ' Poudre pink and aqua sheer gowns were worn by the attend' ants, Mrs. Yvette Critchley and Miss Yvonne Neale, twin sisters of the bride, along with Misses Betty Fraser and Joyce Urquhart, whose net gowns were en-suite. Their only jewelry ornament was the groom's gift of silver earrjngs. pte. C. P. Brooks sup ported the groom. For the wedding trio to Seattle, the bride wore a white spun silk aressmaKer suit, topped by a black opossum jacket. Mrs. Fred Wallace will enter tain at tea Sunday at her Osier Avenue residence. Guests of honor will be Miss Doreen Ray, bride-elect of Capt. Noel Richardson, and Miss Margot Holland, visitor from Ottawa. On Sundav morning, Miss Marjorle and Miss isoDei rowen win entertain ior Miss Ray at a breakfast party. Miss Lois McLean arrived from Winnipeg to. visit her mother. Mrs. William McLean, at her home on Thirty-ninth. Mrs. Robert Elson will enter- tain at tea Sunday for Mrs. Charles Bedard, recent bride. uuMiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmiiiiii "BUILD B.C. PAYROLLS" WAITING FOR "FREE" DAYS George Waddt Pttoto REV. AND MRS. JOHN LEONEL DALTON To Make Home At Lytton Rev. John Leonel Dalton and his bride, the former Mary Val erie Ashten, whose marriage took place here August 2, ar at present on Vancouver Island, but later in the month will be "at home" In Lytton, P.C. Rev. Canon W. Cooper officiated at nuptial rites in St. James nglican Church for the daugntsr cf Mrs. Mitchell and the late Joseph Mitchell of tnis city ana tne son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dalton, also of Vancouver. The bride, gowned In white moire, silk and lace, with talisman roses and white sweot peas In her bouquet, was attended by Mrs. Lorna Lake, wearing rose taffeta with bouquet of pink car nations end white sweet peas. Rev. Jam;s Dalton was best man for his twin brother, and Messrs. William Allen and Robert Booth ushered. The reception was held In Hotel Georgia' Vork Room. During the time while Pacific Milk is restricted to Infants, invalids and other necessary users In city areas, many old tisers say they are only waiting tho day when they can use It freely again. We Just want to say how grateful we are for such friends as these. - Pacific Milk Irradiated and Vacuum Packed liiiiiiiiiiimimiimiiimiimiiiiiiiimiil &A: ttg Jf-; 'X M , is Wllf UAr t v PO. AND MRS. At.PRirn VWTfiu QO EASTGrandview Baptist Church was the setting for the wedding Aunust 1 of Geraldine, daunhter Of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lloyd and PO. Herbert Alfred Knlbb, RCAF, ton of Mr. and Mrs. A.. G. F. Knibb, with Rev. A. C. Eingham, officiating. The bride were a lovely gown of white satin fashioned on princess lines, and her frothing veil was caught by a coronet of orango blossoms. 8he carried red roses, pink carnations surrounding gardenias. Miss J. McRae van bridesmaid in a down of otur blue with matching Tudor heatidress and she carried rose and the corwnfiows. LAC. Lenm-d Frances was best man. Following a reception at the IOOF Hall the couple left for Victoria, and, will later go east where the groom is stationed. ' .. . . A week on Vancouver Island by boat to Victoria Em-press HotelParliament Buildingsover the Island railway to Duncan, Lady smith, Nanax-mo, Qualicum, Courtenay and Comos home by boat via Powell River. Now It's Turkeys Writers In Vlctoiia do the darndest things! Gwen Cash, author of "Why I Like British Columbia" and other published MMS, is now busy concocting mystery tales In the pleasant writing room her husband Bruce Cash, built for her at their home on Admirals Road in Esqulmalt With her only son Jack, grown up, married and away in Vancouver, where he is staff photographer at the Burrard Dry Docks, you would think Gwen would be as free as the air. . . . Instead, she and Bruce are raising a big flock of turkeys as a sideline, and either Papa or Mamma has to be home most of the time to watch the delicate birds. . . Bruce spelled Gwen off, how ever, for four days while she paid a visit "up-Island" to Mamie Moloney in Oyster River, situated on the highway between Courtenay and Campbell River. . Mamie is Magnet . Talk about old Press Club Week in Oyster River, or the world "beating a path to one's door even in the wilderness! No sooner had Gwen left Mamie's for home than this delegation dropped In, after an 18-mile drive, for an hour's visit and "shop talk." And then, while we were having a cup oi tea in tne living room, which has "a view for miles" over a hull-strewn beach, sunny isles and distant mainland, who should walk in but Marion Angus, Vancouver press agent extraordinary! Dressed in slacks and with the inevitable cigarette, Marion was elated over the four fish she had caught that morning at Camp bell River ... and she plans to go back for hunting in the fall. Life of Riley Thomas BEmbrick of Little River, near Comox, sighs for the old peaceful days before RCAF planes flew over his nine-acre estate on the edee of the Gulf of Georgia, near comox. With its sea wall, its green lawns and woodland trails, Its vista of 40 miles of sea and islands, Little River (begun In 1912) is indeed a Shangri-La. . . , Comox and Courtenay are generally a paradise, especially for men. . . , Dave Sharp would not return to Vancouver for anything. . . . Jack Carthew is : perfectly content with the idyll of life on a farm stretching down to the sea, with good neighbors, community work to do and a launch for fishing trips. . . . Ben Hughes and Tom Graham lead full lives as editors of the two district newspapers, with the outdoor pleasures of millionaires' thrown in . for almost nothing. ... Yen for Cities Women like Courtenay and Comox, too, of course, but there's a wistful note as they ask about Vancouver and Victoria, with their shops and hotels and theatres. . . . Jenny Carthew and her hospitable American larmnouse-styie home, versatile Ruth Mclver and her unusual ability for piano music, Irene Sharp and her capacity for enjoying a wide variety of people ail oi them look forward to a week of city pleasure now and then as an antidote to tne quiet me . . . Certain it is that when civilian planes run cheaply between the Comox Valley and the Coast cities, the best customers will be women! . . . .,. Trees No Treat By the way, do you know the kind of entertainment that Island women DON'T like wnen they come to town? It's being driven around. Stanley Park! "Every time my relatives want to give me a good time they drive me around Stanley Park," moaned one woman in Courtenay. "What I want is a dinner in Chinatown ... a table at that place on Georgia Street where they have a smorsgasbord or a night of dancing. Big trees are no treat to me." Comox Highlights No visit to comox would be complete without a glimpse of tne tamous liioerg nome ana meeting the popular bride, Mary Fllberg Whlttall, whose recent wedding Is still the talk of the Island. ... We saw her at mass the Sunday we left, wearing a trousseau dress of blue. She and her husband are staying with her parents while waiting to get into their own new home at the en, of the summer. . . . Ne7lher would a visit to Comox be complete without a visit to St. Joseph's Hospital, surrounded by flowers and lawns, with its own private beach. It was there that I saw three things that I had never seen before a baby in an Incubator, penicillin the new wonder drug and one other, which must remain a deep secret! Betty Moxon Is Bride Of Navy Surgeon Today . Well known Canadian families were united by the marriage today of Gertrude Elizabeth (Betty), elder daughter of Mr. and Mm. B. O. Moxon. and Surgeon-Lt William Maxwell Tait, RCNVR. only son of Dr. and Mrs. William D. Tait of Montreal. Of trans- Dominion Interest, It was a naval wedding, solemnized at three-thirty o'clock In Canadian Memorial Church, Rev. G. Harrison Vlliett officiating, with the reception following at the home of the bride's parents, 1320 West Fifteenth Avenue. Miss Dorothy Moxon was herf" sister's sole attendant and Surgeon-Lt Murdo McRitchie, RCNVR. was best man for the groom, whose mother came West for the wedding. Dr. Tait is a graduate of McGill University anad joined the service at the outbreak of war, serving with the Royal Navy for three years in the Mediterranean area. Fellow naval officers of the groom formed a guard of honor and ushered at today's impres sive church service. In the latter group were Surgeon-Lt R. G. Whitelaw, Surgeon-Lt K. A. Lemon, Lt. Grant Hooper and Lt William Taylor. Of classic beauty was the Ivory bridal satin gown, styled with full skirt sweeping into a round ed train and the molded bodice accented by the contrast of a deeply pointed net yoke, embroid ered in seed pearls. Her exquisite veil of Carrickmacross lace, arranged In Spanish mantilla mode and held by a comb of stephanotls, swept to train length. Gardenias were the flowers of her bouquet. WATER LILY PINK Delicate pastel foil to the bridal white was the bridesmaid's bouf fant-skirted water lily pink frock or marquisette over sen-toned taffeta. Sleeves were bracelet length and the decolletage point ed. Sweetheart roses encrusted Miss Moxon's Juliet can and the same flowers were allied with swainsonia for her bouquet. ii was Mr. a: J. kynn who pro posed the bridal toast at the reception. Goine-away costume of todav's bride, who is a member of the Vancouver Junior League and at tended tne university of B.C.. where she affiliated with Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Is a Liberty-printed silk frock topped bv a Victory red coat and matching hat. Mr. L. J. Walshe of Esquimau arrived in the city today by plane from Victoria, and will spend a week as guest of his daughters, the Misses Gerry and Kay Walshe and Mrs. Jack Miller, be fore continuing his flight to Saskatoon to visit another daughter, Mrs. Pat McGrath of Leask. Sask., and on to Winnipeg to see his son, Mr. Richard V. (Dick) Walshe. Lodee Gltzler. D5ll. metln? Mon dy. 8 B.m, t Victory HlLTle return oazaar worn. Vanc&uvisLi Sat, Aug. 12. 1944 H Airman and Bride Z Here on Honeymoon Sgt and Mrs. Thos. George Allan, who were married in Brown&burg, Que., June 3, have arrived in Vancouver to spend a belated honeymoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Allan, parents of the groom, 2446 West Seventh Ave. Numerous social gatherings have been arranged before their return to Ancienne Lorette, Que., where Sgt Allan is a wireless instructor. Prior to enlisting in the RCAF in 1941, he was a student at Kisilano High School and after graduating was employed by Gault Bros, for five years. Mrs. Gordon Abemethy was honoree when Mrs. Harry But Ier was hostess at a coffee party today at her Adera Street home. Present Their FALL SHOWING i of OV GEORGIA AT HOWE 6T. Fine Furs We've searched far and wide for the best fur values, the fihest quality, the newest fashions and the fairest prices ... and we found just the coats that will win approval from women who appreciate the best. We present them to you in our FALL FUR SHOWING. i; mhp' if WW mmm a m a:ik r it 0) t II .O II sau v XA If 5 w . m r mm ,, W MLJ 1 I II 9a- Rpclna Fellowthlo Club unrr mating Sunday, 8 p.m., at Stanley rarx ouck pona, witn Kev. 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