Minutes of February 28, 2017





February 28 , 2017 Minutes of the TMHC


Our special speaker this evening was Mrs. Laurel Beechey who gave a fascinating talk and slide presentation about life in Tillsonburg during WW1.  Through interviews with veterans, diary accounts, pictures, Laurel was able to give a detailed account of life on the front lines of France and the daily lives of those back home.


Laurel's next talk will be on Sunday, April 9 at 2 pm Annandale Historic Museum and will involve her impressions of the Canadian struggle for Vimy Ridge.


This past weekend, a couple of us attended the annual History Symposium in London for talks on Vimy Ridge, WW1 nurses, WW1 poetry etc.

At the conference I met with a reeanactor from the History Matters Association.  Since then I have learned that on June 11 they will be conducting a programme which will be open to the public on anything and everything to do with WW1.  (The June 12 programme will be for school kids)

The venue will be the Ingersoll Museum at 290 Harris Street.  

June 11 VIMY 100: Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association and the Ingersoll Community Foundation, the museum is pleased to present VIMY 100. An interactive event, VIMY 100 invites visitors to travel back in time to France 1917 as Allied Forces attempt to regain ground in France. Learn more about Canada's soldiers and their role during the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge. For more information please contact 519-485-5510.



The History Matters website has a good selection of pictures of their members in WW1 uniforms that you should investigate too.

 History Matters Association

History Matters Association Educational programme pictures


Book Recommendations:

There are two new Legion Magazine offers on most newstands now that were recommended.



shall fall During World War II, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.


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The issue of military executions during the war has always been controversial and embargoes have made it difficult for researchers to get at the truth. Now these two writers give us a vast amount of information. They show that trials were grossly unfair and incompetent. Many of the condemned men had been soldiers of exemplary behaviour, courage and leadership but had cracked under the dreadful strain of trench warfare. This acclaimed book is the authority on this shameful saga.

Found a second one on same topic:

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The journey of the 2nd Battalion of the &th cavalry into the hell of the la Drang Valley, Vietnam in 1965.


The first four interviews by Woody of Tillsonburg Veterans have been posted to the club website filing cabinet.


The treasurer reported a bank balance of over $800.


Justin them led us through recent artifacts he has acquired from Louisville Show of Shows and his personal collection.


Justin then went on to win the 50/50 draw.


Robin chaired the meeting.

1.       Xmas dinner for the TMHC will be December 11 at Chrissy‚Äôs Catering on Brock Street.  I will print up some tickets for the next meeting.

2.       2. The Speaker for the November 11 meeting at the Legion will be Rev. Paul Robinson.  Contact me if you wish to purchase a ticket or two at a cost of $15 each.  Our club usually sits together at a table or two in the North West corner if you have a problem finding us.

3.       Robin will be having a store front display on Main Street, Delhi for their local Legion from Nov. 4 to the 10th if you will be in the neighbourhood. 

4.       We require display items for the TMHC at the Mall from Nov 4 to the 10th.  Suggested items could be models, posters, photos, albums, picture books, small inexpensive artefacts.  You would be leaving them at your own risk so consider how precious the item is to you.  We are trying to have a club member at the display but there are occasions when no one will be on duty.  I have a schedule if you find yourself with some free time.

5.       We will also have a small display at the Mormon Church on Saturday Nov 8 to compliment their Family History exhibit and seminars.

6.       We will also have a display at the Station Arts Centre from Nov 4 to the 10th which will mainly deal with local enlistees of WW1 and WW2 as well as acknowledgment of Afghanistan casualties.

7.       Several members spoke to the recent deaths of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent in apparent terror attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.