By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
The Royal Canadian Legion Castor Branch # 119 has been engaging the public in a new way recently, in an effort to get war veterans more known in the community.
Each year the Castor Legion members make special displays for the hall area that recognize three or four war veterans who were known in the Castor region. Biography information was submitted by the Castor Legion.
L.Cpl. Guy Winfred Poitry
Guy Poitry was born on December 29, 1911 near Alliance, and enlisted for service on October 22, 1941. He originally joined the Calgary Tanks but became a wireless operator with the First Canadian Division signals. Arriving overseas in October of 1942, he landed in Sicily on July 10, 1943 and served in Italy and northwest Europe. Having earned the Good Conduct Badge, he was discharged on January 7, 1946.
Pvt. John Duncan Scott, M.M.
Having previously earned the Military Medal during service in the First World War, Jack Scott lied about his age and joined the Loyal Edmonton Regiment on September 8, 1939 (he was 52 at the time). Receiving postings at Calgary and Port Arthur, he served in Canada until his discharge in 1945 and was awarded two Good Conduct stripes.
L.Cpl. John Morris
John Morris served in the British army as a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps from 1915 to the end of the war. After his service in the war he emigrated to Canada and came to the Castor area. A bachelor his whole life, Lance Corporal john Morris passed away on April 6, 1962.
Peter Livingstone Wood
Having served in the First world War, Pete Wood joined the Army once again on April 7, 1941 in Calgary at the age of 45. Stationed in Calgary, he was assigned to the A 16 CITC Band at Currie Barracks. He traveled with this band all over Alberta with a recruiting station as well as being on parade for all events. Having earned one Good Conduct stripe, he was discharged on May 2, 1944 on compassionate grounds.