My father, Walter Chapman, was in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) during the war, having joined as a reservist in February 1939. He was commissioned in 1940 and was sent to North Africa. Towards the end of that campaign he achieved the rank of Major (in Tripoli - January 1943) and was transferred to X Corps (attached to US Fifth Army under General Mark Clark) in preparation for the Salerno landings in September of that year. In July 1944 he moved to AFHQ at Caserta Palace near Naples before re-joining 8th Army in Austria in 1945.
The photographs are of a Canadian soldier whose name I believe to be something like “Forsberg”, but I cannot be certain of that. (My father also referred to him by his nickname of "Canada" - not the most original!!). “Canada” was assigned as a driver to my father during the period of 1943/44 but I am unable to confirm the precise dates or the location of the pictures. My father thought highly of “Canada” and I wonder if these pictures might be of interest to researchers or possibly family members.
Submitted by David Chapman, a member of the Society of Friends of the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, England.
Ethel Mae Lowe was born in Lindsay, Ontario on 24 November 1911. She graduated from the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Ontario, in 1933. Prior to her appointment to the Nursing Service of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps on 25 May 1942, she did private duty nursing and had four months postgraduate work in psychiatry at the Ontario Hospital, Whitby. After her appointment to the Nursing Service she received basic training at Kingston Military Hospital, and was then assigned to Rideau Military Hospital in Ottawa. In September 1943 she was made Assistant Matron of Rideau Military Hospital.
Armed only with their faith and devotion to humanity, World War II chaplains made sacrifices in great numbers. US sources tell us that next to the Army Air Corps, more chaplains were killed in World War II per capita than any other military group.
Born June 12, 1921 in Rock Island, Quebec, Elaine was one of seven children born to Benjamin and May (Florence) Miller. She grew up on a farm until the depression forced her parents to sell. Elaine attended Stanstead College after which she worked at various jobs until World War II when she decided to enlist with the army in April 1942 at the age of 21. She was one of the first women to join the Canadian Women's Army Corp (CWAC).