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Robert Bradstock (Second World War Veteran)

Monday, June 25th, 2007

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My name is Robert Bradstock, and I was twelve years old when the war broke out. I went to sea in 1941 when I was fourteen and a half on the Estovan, which is a lighthouse and buoy tender off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Wasn’t considered a war time area at that time, until… during the ten months I was on the Estovan, they shelled Estavan Point lighthouse. And it was a submarine - they found the shells afterwards, and had identified it as a Japanese submarine. Actually, we were up in that night, and they sent us out to find the submarine. And thank God we didn’t find it, because we had a twelve inch deck gun, and half a dozen DEMS gunners. DEMS is Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships - they’re naval reserve gunners. And so it became a war zone then, and I joined a ship from the manning pool - the Mount Douglas Park. And the second trip out our coal hole caught fire, and we burned for the week or a week and a half or so, I forget now exactly - it’s a long time ago. But the coal just smoldered, as slack coal will, because that’s what we burned. And we had a heck of a time putting it out because it just smoldered, and there was ammunition in the holes forward, boiler room was aft of the bunkers. So it was a pretty hot time there for a little while.

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Pat Hearns (Canadian Forces Veteran)

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Chris Young (Canadian Forces)

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Joseph Andrew Rivers (Second World War Veteran)

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Dasia Nebeoniquit (Second World War Veteran)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Samuel Hearns (Canadian Forces Veteran)

Monday, June 18th, 2007

June Barron (Korean War Veteran)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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