WAR YEARS MEMORIES
November 2000 Remembrance Day Edition
Compiled by Bill Hillman
Please send your ideas and contributions
Now, 55 years later the Globe pays tribute
Serviceman posed in famous Globe photo
Subject of picture symbolizing Allied triumph in Europe was born in Germany
by Donn Downey
Toronto Globe and Mail
Friday, October 6, 2000
TORONTO -- For The Globe and Mail, it was the face of victory, a young man in uniform gazing upward in what was obviously a studio photograph. The newspaper didn't bother to identify him; he was simply the symbol of a war that was over.
October 17, 2000
This morning, just to see what would happen, I did a search of the name Nottelman on the internet & came up with your web site. Much to my surprise. My name is Sharon Morrison (formerly Nottelmann) and I now live in Edmonton Alberta. I read the letter from my Uncle to Louise; with much surprise. The "kid brother Hans" that my Uncle mentions near the end of the letter was my father, he died of a heart attack in 1980. I wasn't sure if you knew or not but my Uncle died, in a nursing home in Vancouver, on September 30/00, he was 82. There was quite a large obituary in the Globe & Mail, along with a reprint of the front page of the Globe from 1945 containing the picture. If you go to the Globe & Mail web site & search Nottelman you will find the obituary that was printed on October 6/00. (The reprint of the 1945 front page does not show up on the net) I would be interested in hearing from you if you would like to contact me.
Sincerely, Sharon Morrison
October 18, 2000
Any more information you might come up with about our previous family history would be appreciated. My sister Jeannie & I really enjoy hearing about that kind of stuff. My Dad & my Uncle were not very close so we didn't see him as much as we would have like to. Some of my fondest memories as a child, though; are when Uncle Wolfe would drop in with his plane and visit us and take us for a ride or give us a treat. We really loved him a lot.
Thanks, Sharon & Jeannie
|My dad, Wolfe Nottelman, had been very ill for
many years during which time my mother and I looked after him. I
only became close to him over the past 8 years, during which time he was
primarily unable to respond in any coherent manner. He suffered from
many illnesses which left him in poor shape, unable to properly communicate.He
has been in hospital for the past 4 years with full time care having suffered
a series of strokes, alzheimers, dementia and various other problems. It's
not a happy story or happy ending. He was a very proud man, a very hard
worker and a very honest guy. He tried to make the best of things and always
worked hard to give me what I needed. He made a few bad choices in his
life, and unfortunately it left him an overstressed old man. It's sad to
write these things, but they are reality. I'm sure my mother could give
you many of the happy stories that were part of his life prior to my arrival
in 1970. He worked at many things and accomplished many interesting achievements.
I was so glad to have the Globe write that story for me, as I felt terrible
that I could not do more for this once great man. It was very sad for me
to see him go after all the time I had spent with him in the past few years.
But I was so glad that he will no longer suffer such a terrible existence.
No one should go through that type of life.
Thanks, Thomas Nottelman
Wes was gentleman whose love of aircraft and connection with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan inspired the creation of our memorial museum.
We are thankful for his vision and dedication; for after almost 20 years, his dream is still a reality. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Joyce and the entire Agnew family.
Executive Director, CATPM
A FAREWELL TO WES AGNEW
From the Brandon Sun Obituary: Saturday, March 11, 2000
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wesley George Agnew at Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 78. He was born on October 18, 1921 in Hartney, Manitoba. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on January 6, 1942 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was trained in eastern Canada and was later stationed at #23 EFTS as a flying instructor in Davidson, Saskatchewan. He met Joyce Burrill and later married her on December 26, 1944 in Langbank, Saskatchewan. Wes was posted to Vulcan, Alberta for six months and then to Yorkton, SK until 1945 at war's end. After his discharge he returned to Hartney to farm. In addition to farming, Wes was self-employed at aerial spraying and hunting. Wes enjoyed the outdoors with a love for hunting and fishing. He belonged to the BPO Elks and was a 50-year member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #26 in Hartney.
His passion and interest in World War II aircraft started him on his long journey and dream of starting an aircraft museum to honour the memory of the airmen who lost their lives during the war. Along with his wife, Joyce, many, many hours were spent on the road across Canada in search of WWII aircraft. After 33 years of farming, Wes and Joyce moved into Brandon in 1982 and became Founding Members of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Inc. Aircraft from the Agnew collection became the first exhibits when the museum occupied Hangar No. 1 at the former No. 12 Service Flying School in Brandon. He held the position of CATPM Curator for five years and continued to volunteer at various tasks around the museum until his passing. In 1990, Wes was awarded the RCAFA Distinguished Service Award. His funeral service was held on Thursday, March 9, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church in Brandon. Internment was at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens near Brandon where pilot Howard Pahl executed a flyby in the CATPM Harvard as arranged by President Reg Forbes.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
We are the Dead. Short days ago
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
- John McCrae
Oh! sleep in peace where poppies grow;
As in rumbling sound, to and fro,
And still the poppies gently blow,
- John Mitchell
IN FLANDERS FIELDS: The Story
Excerpt from "Welcome to Flanders Fields - The Great Canadian Battle of the Great War : Ypres, 1915", by Daniel G. Dancocks, McClelland and Stewart (Toronto, Canada), 1988
Although he had been a doctor for years and had served in the South African War, it was impossible to get used to the suffering, the screams, and the blood here, and Major John McCrae had seen and heard enough in his dressing station to last him a lifetime. As a surgeon attached to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Major McCrae, who had joined the McGill faculty in 1900 after graduating from the University of Toronto, had spent seventeen days treating injured men -- Canadians, British, Indians, French, and Germans -- in the Ypres salient.
It had been an ordeal that he had hardly thought possible. McCrae later wrote of it:
"I wish I could embody on paper some of the varied sensations of that seventeen days... Seventeen days of Hades! At the end of the first day if anyone had told us we had to spend seventeen days there, we would have folded our hands and said it could not have been done."
One death particularly affected McCrae. A young friend and former student, Lieut. Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, had been killed by a shell burst on 2 May. Lieutenant Helmer was buried later that day in the little cemetery outside McCrae's dressing station, and McCrae had performed the funeral ceremony in the absence of the chaplain.
The next day, sitting on the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Canal de l'Yser, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, McCrae vented his anguish by composing a poem. The major was no stranger to writing, having authored several medical texts besides dabbling in poetry. In the nearby cemetery, McCrae could see the wild poppies that sprang up in the ditches in that part of Europe, and he spent twenty minutes of precious rest time scribbling fifteen lines of verse in a notebook.
A young soldier watched him write it. Cyril Allinson, a twenty-two year old sergeant-major, was delivering mail that day when he spotted McCrae. The major looked up as Allinson approached, then went on writing while the sergeant-major stood there quietly. "His face was very tired but calm as we wrote," Allinson recalled. "He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer's grave." When McCrae finished five minutes later, he took his mail from Allinson and, without saying a word, handed his pad to the young NCO. Allinson was moved by what he read:
"The poem was exactly an exact description of the scene in front of us both. The word blow was not used in the first line though it was used later when the poem later appeared in Punch. But it was used in the second last line. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene."
In fact, it was very nearly not published. Dissatisfied with it, McCrae tossed the poem away, but a fellow officer -- either Lt.-Col. Edward Morrison, the former Ottawa newspaper editor who commanded the 1st Brigade of artillery (4), or Lt.-Col. J.M. Elder (5), depending on which source is consulted -- retrieved it and sent it to newspapers in England. "The Spectator," in London, rejected it, but "Punch" published it on 8 December 1915.
McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915.
|William Avery Bishop was born on February 8th, 1894, in Owen
While serving with the Royal Flying core, Billy Bishop became the highest scoring Canadian Ace of WWI with 72 confirmed victories.
The Billy Bishop Museum is dedicated not only to the memory of Billy Bishop, but also to the contribution of everyone who served to protect the freedom of all Canadians.
Official release by the German Government, published in the Kreuz-Zeitung, November 11, 1918.
The following terms were set by the Allied powers for the Armistice:
1. Effective six hours after signing.
STERLING, Va. (AP) - A row of shovels bit into hard Virginia clay
on Wednesday, ancient technology symbolically breaking ground for the Smithsonian
Institution's massive new air and space center, celebrating the technology
that transformed travel in the 20th century. Able to display just one-tenth
of its aviation treasures at the National Air and Space Museum in downtown
Washington, the Smithsonian is building a new annex at Dulles International
Airport. The $238 million project is scheduled to open in December, 2003,
the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. The ceremony
opened with the roar of four Marine Corps FA-18 fighters passing overhead
in diamond formation. Sleek jetliners taking off from the nearby airport
rumbled by regularly. Truth be told, the groundbreaking by a dozen or so
dignitaries was purely ceremonial, as massive machines have already begun
to transform the 176-acre site in preparation for the new museum. The connection
was kept to the current Air and Space Museum - the second most-visited
museum in the world - by using the same shovel that broke ground for that
building in 1972. The original Air and Space Museum will remain open.
REMEMBRANCE DAY REFERENCE LINKS
See our list of recommended Remembrance Day sites in the
November 1999 edition of AS YOU WERE...
War I Image Archive: Hundreds of Photos, Medals, Documents
Memories of World War I
Why Wear A Poppy?
Memorials to Canada's War Dead
My Mother's War: Mementos of WWI
A List of WWI Reference Links
McCrae House: National Historic Site
Australian Remembrance Day Ceremonies
WW I Photographs
The French Army Museum
D-Day Recollections by Jim Wilkins Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, B Company
Canada 411: Find the phone number & address of anyone in Canada
Naval Website List
Visit Our Past Issues Archive at:
As You Were: Contents
Back to Contents Page
Webmaster: William G. Hillman
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
© 2000/2008 Bill Hillman