The Canadian Army Film Unit t-shirt honour roll. If you would like to be added to the page please forward your pics with name and location to webmaster @ canadianfilm.com

 

 

Combat Cameraman - Norman Quick

Special thanks go to Norman Quick for sharing his time, his memories and generosity in an effort to honour the men and women of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit.

For more information on Norman Quick and the Canadian Army Film Unit go here.

 
 

Combat Cameraman - Charlie Ross

"I enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in Calgary on Feb,15th 1940.
Ten days later I was sent with a group of other recruits to Ottawa. As a group we were put together into the M.T.V.R.D. (Mechanical Transport Vehicle Reception Depot), and three weeks later we where shipped overseas arriving in the U.K. in late March.
I joined the Canadian Film and Photo Unit in February,1944 where I was sent with the 2nd P.R. (Public Relations) group to Normandy after D-Day and shot my first film footage at Caen. I worked with LT. George Cooper of Ottawa as second cameraman at time. I filmed the "Long Tom's" shelling the Walcheren Island.
Other's of note was V.E. Day in London. H.Q. sent me back to Holland where I covered many other events. In early October, I was sent to Germany where I covered many events as the 4th Canadian Div played hockey against the Czech National's in Prague on Christmas 1945. Turk Broda was one of the net-minders. In June 1946 I was told you are going home in late june of 1946. I stepped off the train to be greeted by my Mum, Dad and my kid sister. I was discharged at the end of July. I carried in the photograhic field in both stills & film.
It has been a great journey."

Special thank you to Charlie Ross from Edmonton, for sharing his time and memories in an effort to honour the men and women of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit.

Thanks Chuck!

For more information on Charlie Ross please visit the Memory Project - here.

And to read more about the taking of Walcheren Island click HERE

 

 

James Nelson ROSS is the son of Charles Nelson (Chuck) ROSS and Verna Emma ROSS. The 54 year old attended the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, prior to serving 32+ years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. James retired in January 2007 while serving as the Detachment Commander of the Viking, Alberta Detachment of the RCMP. During his service in the Force he spent approximately five (5) years in "K" Division (Province of Alberta), twenty-eight (28) years in "D" Division (Manitoba), and recruit training at Depot Division ( Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy) Regina, Saskatchewan commencing in October of 1974. He presently resides in Viking, Alberta with his family.

Thanks James !

 

 

 

Thanks to Jennie Lee from Vancouver Island (Duncan), Colin Montgomery, and Marla Margetts, together with the twins; Emma-Lee and Oliver Ross Margetts-Montgomery for this great picture. Marla is Charles Ross' grand-daughter and the family hails from Victoria, B.C.

 

Thanks to Stuart Smith from West Lothian, Scotland, for taking the time to pose for this picture. Stuart works in the Health Service and is cousin to Charlie Ross.

Thank you Stuart !

 

Thanks to Calum MacEwan. He is the grandson of Dr. Jim & Mrs. Eileen Gilmour of Scotland (cousin to Charles N. Ross). Dr. Gilmour served as a Captain with The Royal Army Dental Corps in Malaya. Calum is attending the University of Glasgow and hopes to one day be a research pharmacologist. Thank you Calum & all!

 

 

Thanks to Chris and Rose Templeton.

Rose Templeton joined the RCAF 14 June 1951 and was on course # 1 when airwomen were enlisted for the first time since 1945. She trained in St. Johns, Quebec, then Aylmer, Ont. and became a Supply Technician. Her first posting was to Claresholm, AB and from there was transferred to # 4 Fighter Wing in Baden Soellingen Germany, part of the first draft of airwomen to open up the new station in July 1953. She remained there and was married to Chris on 29 January 1955 and was honourably discharged as a corporal on July 8th, 1955 after 4 years service. Chris and Rose returned to Canada in July 1956.


Chris Templeton joined the RCAF on 29 January 1952 in Montreal. Basic training was in St. Johns Que., then technical training as an aircraft electrical tech at Camp Borden, ON. First transfer was to Rockcliffe, (Ottawa) Ontario. Then accross town to Uplands, Ontario as one of the first members of 422 (F) Squadron 1st Jan '53, formed with F86 Sabre jets to become part of Canada's #1 Air Division in Europe. We trained in Uplands , then Chris was a member of Leapfrog #4, which was the supporting group when the squadron was transferred overseas. Chris and Rose left Ottawa 28 Aug '53 to Goose Bay, Labrador, Bluie West #1 in Greenland, Keflavik, Iceland, Lossiemouth, Scotland and arrived in Baden Soellingen on 4 September '53. Remained on squadron till July '56, transferred to Edmonton. In August '57, transferred to 121 Search & Rescue Sqn. in Sea Island ,BC (Vancouver). Spent 6 years there, then transferred to 115 Air Transport Unit in El Arish, Egypt with the UN for 1 year. Returned to Edmonton, 435 Sqn. in August 1964, and worked on Hercules aircraft and was Honourably discharged in July of 1967. Moved to Calgary and worked on the Calgary International Airport for 22 years till May 1991, then retired to Penticton, BC.

 

Thanks to Frank R. Margetts, BSc, DDS, CD

Enlisted September 1963 as an Officer Cadet in Calgary, Alberta. Served in Calgary, Edmonton and Wainwright. Medical Administrative Office 1964 to 1965 at Camp Borden, Ontario. Returned to the University of Alberta, Edmonton from 1966 to 1970 in the School of Dentistry.
Graduated as a Captain. Served at HMCS Naden, Victoria BC, CFS Holberg, Vancouver Island, HMCS Provider, HMCS Dockyard. Promoted to Major in 1973. Released from Service in 1975 after 12 years with the Service.

Awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) in 1975

 

Thanks to Nels & Jerrilyn Margetts

Nels and Jerrilyn Margetts are the nephew and niece of Chuck and Verna Ross. Elizabeth Margetts is Nels' mother and was a sister to Chuck. Gerard Margetts is father to Nels and served in WW2 as an LAC. Both of Nels parents are deceased. Nels and Jerrilyn have two children Shaun and Cathryn Margetts. Cathryn was a pet nanny and died tragically in a fire attempting to save pets in her care. Shaun is married to Penny and they have three children - Mackenzie, Griffyn and Cicelly.

 

 

Thanks to Pat Edwards of Adams Film & Video for sharing his time and expertise.

For more information on Adams visit here.

 

Thanks to James O'Regan; actor, producer, writer, etc. Don't miss out on his incredible documentary 'Shooters'.

Please go here to see an eBook written by Brian O'Regan entitled; "Camera Commandos & Reminiscences of D-Day Normandy" a story about the CFPU:

Visit James O'Regans's website here.

Visit the 'Shooters' website here.

Buy the 'Shooters' DVD here.

 

Thanks to Peter Dudley, a freelance researcher, journalist and photographer based in Ottawa.

For more information about Peter's research services go here.

And don't forget to visit his blog here.

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Sgt Serge Tremblay, National Defence Image Library In Charge - Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre in Ottawa.

 

Special thanks to Edgar W. Quesnel and Andy C. Campbell

 

SSGT Edgar W. Quesnel

USMC Retired
14 Dec 1964 - Feb 1985

Vietnam - June 1965 - July 1966
March 1968 - April 1969

Combat Infantryman
1970-1985
Military Police Supervisor Camp LeJeune, North Carolina

MCRD Quantico, Virginia
3rd MARine Div Okinawa, Japan
MCAS, Yuma, Arizona

Andy C. Campbell

Sgt. USMC
July 1976 - July 1980
Primary MOS = meteorlogist
Secondary = Primary Marksman Instructor

 

Special thanks to Robert E. Wandrey

Robert Edward Wandrey - WWII U. S. Combat Photographer

Thanks to Robert for his picture and in sharing some information about his carreer as a combat photographer during WWII...

Robert was born in Chicago Illinois, December 13th, 1923.
Drafted in 1943, Robert was sent temporarily to Camp Grant, Illinois where he was outfitted in the basic uniform and fatigues, and soon after he was sent to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin for basic training. From there Robert was sent to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where he was promoted to Corporal in the Military Police. During an interview there, he was selected to be sent to the Astoria, Long Island Signal Corps Training Center, to attend classes in still and motion picture photography. Robert was assigned to the still photographic section and issued a 4 x 5 Speed Graphic camera. Graduating in 1944, he became a member of the 3235 Signal Corps Photo Detachment, headed by Lt. Richard K. Jones of Hollywood.

Besides Robert, the 3235th comprised of one other still photographer; Harold Rosenthal of Chicago, and two motion picture cinematographers; Thomas Korn of Missouri and Leslie G. Crocker.
The unit was attached to Headquarters Company, 96th Infantry Division, 10th Army, where they soon found out their eventual destination was Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Island Chain. Robert and his unit landed in Okinawa on April 1st, 1945 where they recorded the landing and activities of the U.S. Army on the island until the end of the war.

The following is a story taken from Roberts personal memoirs;
"I had found a group of Infantry GI's that had fallen asleep in odd positions after a battle for a hill (named "Big Apple"). I knew it was a perfect subject and shot a picture of it. I never heard about it for about two months, when Lt. Jones showed me a newspaper clipping of it from his Dad in California! It was in several papers, I later found out.
I finally received credit for the picture when it was included in the 96 Infantry Division’s History Book, published in 1947!"

Robert was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with two battle stars and beach-head landings.

To visit the Army Pictorial Ceneter - Signal Corps Photographic Center visit this link;
http://www.armypictorialcenter.com/

Thanks again Bud!

 

 

 

 

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