“…as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, 1915

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit-London-1914

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial deaths. Photographer Andrew Davidson (English Wikipedia) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

“Proximity of Zeppelins, Hospitals, Red Cross Trains, Wounded Canadians and Funerals of Fallen Heroes Make It as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, The Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Saturday, 4 September 1915, page 14.

London, Aug. 29 [1915]—“Just to prove it can be done,” said I to myself yesterday, “I am going to forget for a whole day that there is such a thing as a war. I’ll buy no papers, read no posters, talk only about the weather and the flower show, think only about the happy side of life.”

A beautiful thought with which to sally forth on a bright morning. So I wended my way towards Victoria street thinking how blue was the sky and distaining to analyze the numerous unheavenly odors that greeted me from the street stalls opening up for the day’s business.

It requires concentration, of course,” I reminded myself, struck suddenly by the smell of decaying fish, “but one can always rise above sordid circumstances.” And as I looked up with this thought like a serene refutation there floated across my vision of sky a big black dirigible, very high up and pointing westward. Everybody else on the street was “looking up” too, many anxiously, and I heard the word “Zeppelin” on several lips and on others the ridiculing laugh. But not to be inveigled into thinking of war by this monster warscout I lowered my eyes battling against curiosity, although aircraft are a frequent enough sight here and hastened around the corner.
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Vancouver Province – 20 Year Subscriber Index, as of 1929

Vancouver Province Roll of Honour, 1929

In May of 1929 the Vancouver Province ran a list of early subscribers in a Roll of Honour over several weeks in the Sunday newspaper. There were full page lists of name, address, date when the person came to BC and the year they started to subscribe to the Vancouver Province.

The first list of two full pages was published May 12, 1929, and more over the following Sundays, May 19th and May 26th, for a total of six full pages of names.

Many hundreds of other subscribers have written to the Province, stating that they have been regular readers of this paper for periods varying from three to nineteen years, and requesting that they be sent Pioneer Honour Roll Certificates when they shall have completed the twenty year period as readers. Their names have been recorded and their wishes will be met in due course.

There are over 2700 Vancouver Province early subscribers from around British Columbia on this list which has been indexed by British Columbia Genealogical Society member Alice Marwood.

The earliest date in BC a subscriber reported was 1844. A good number of people reported being subscribers since 1898 when the paper moved to Vancouver from Victoria and began publishing as a daily1.

“The Province”, in The Canadian Encyclopedia, article by Jean O’Clery, Jessica Potter.

Long Time Province Subscribers, 1929

wdt_IDNAMEADDRESSCITYDATE TO BCREADERS SINCENOTES
wdt_IDNAMEADDRESSCITYDATE TO BCREADERS SINCENOTES
1 ?, MRS LM 1349 E 1ST AVE VANCOUVER 1905 1907
2 ABBOTT, MRS J 883 HAMILTON ST VANCOUVER 1899 1899
3 ABERCROMBIE, 3842 WILLINGDON AVE BBY NEW WESTMINSTER 1900 1900
4 ABERCROMBIE, MRS A 855 EAST 23RD AVE VANCOUVER 1899 1899
5 ABERCROMBIE, WJ KELOWNA 1890 1898
6 ABLITT, MRS GE EBURNE 1889 1909
7 ACHESON, ALEX 927 HORNBY ST VANCOUVER 1899 1899
8 ACHURCH, SAMUEL 2276 WEST 8TH AVE VANCOUVER 1887 1909
9 ACTON, HR 3025 WEST 5TH AVE VANCOUVER 1909 1909
10 ADAIR, ERNEST E PORT HANEY 1897 1907


BCGS General Meeting – May 13th, 2015 – Irish, Scottish & Genealogy 101 Groups meet

Vancouver-City-Hall-Veterans-1939-CVA_PhotoVancouver City Hall veterans of the Great War, honour guards for the Royal Visit, 1939.

The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

There will be three group sessions after the general meeting:

Scottish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group
Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration Records.

See you there!

This photograph above shows the group of Vancouver City Hall Great War veterans who acted as honour guards for the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, May 29, 1939. The City of Vancouver Archives has their names listed as:

(back row) J. Tarbuck, H. Preston, R.T. Blair, A.A. Copping, W.G. Johnston, J.H. Davenport, J. McGill, A. Hall, R.T. Richardson, H.A. Black, S. Huntington, W.F. Rodbourne, W. Strang, A.G. Bennett, B. Keogh, B. Corlett, F.J. Hearn, F. Carlisle;

(middle row) W.C. Browne, B. Warden, Dr. J.H. White, J.A. McCrindle, H.R.T. Mason, G. Markle, C.R. McTaggart, A. Patterson, J.W. Barker, G.H. Clay, W. Inglis, W.C. Anthony, L. Westcott, T.J. Corley, J. Stevenson, J. McGregor, J. Smith;

(front row) A. Johnston, H.G. Stone, J.R. Chamberlain, J. Gibbs, S. Travis, E. Humphreys, W.B. Murray, C. Grantham, C.J. Biddiss, N.V. davis, H.A.E. Browne, G.L. Tooker, L.R. Edge, A.J. Addy, R. Vernon, E.H. Cooke, A. Churchouse, G.H. Ubbink and

(front) T. Calloway

Photograph creator: Major James Skitt Matthews. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives:- AM54-S4-: Mil P170.2

Wait for me, Daddy – WW II – New Westminster, BC, 1940

Wait_for_Me_Daddy-New Westminster_1940

The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, unveiled a new monument early this October, a sculpture by Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales, based on the well known photograph often called “Wait for Me, Daddy” taken October 1, 1940 as the British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles, marched down Eighth Street in New Westminster towards the train station.  Continue reading

Kelowna – Selected Genealogical Sources

Collins_tobacco_field-Mission_Valley-Kelowna-1898Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. Currently the society has over 11575 obituaries indexed and available, as well as transcriptions, photographs and publications of Central Okanagan cemeteries. The Society publishes a newsletter, “Okanagan Researcher” quarterly and has partnered with the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library where the genealogical library collection is now located. See the Society’s website for indexes and details on these and other projects.: http://www.kdgs.ca

Video about the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Kelowna Public Library, ShawTV Okanagan, 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3E2EM63iE   Continue reading