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. 

Claude P. Detloff, a photographer for the Vancouver Province newspaper, caught this poignant wartime moment. “Whitey” Bernard was the little boy; his mother was Bernice Bernard; his father Private Jack Bernard.

New Westminster has a new website with information about the photo, the statue and future planned events. This includes a video of the unveiling: Wait for Me Daddy

The “Wait for Me, Daddy” photograph was widely seen during World War II in Canada and worldwide. Below is a photo showing Whitey Bernard at Fairfield School in Vancouver in 1944 pointing to himself in the photograph.


See the Vancouver Province for more about the photo, the photographer and this British Columbia World War II story beginning with “The Province’s Wait for Me Daddy photograph makes a lasting impression” by Kent Spencer, September 29, 2014.

Photograph Credits
Photos courtesy the City of Vancouver Archives.
Wait for Me, Daddy, AM54-S4-: LP 109. Photographer, Claude Detloff. Taken October 1, 1940 in New Westminster, BC, Canada.
Kids at Fairfield School, AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-260. Photographer,  Don Coltman. Taken at Vancouver, April, 1944.
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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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