Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Small Victories

Sorry for the long silence since my last post.  I started full time as a college instructor in August of 2012, and the work load was just nasty this past fall/winter.  Next fall/winter should be much better, so more frequent posts.  The post you are about to read was started back in October of 2012.

James Reginald HallsA few days ago I found a picture of James Reginald Halls.  He was the only child of Philip Thomas Halls and Agnes Wood, and a grandchild of James Halls of Merton, Devon, and latterly of Elimville, Ontario.

Reg, as he was called, worked at a factory producing war equipment for the Allies in the small town of Whitby, Ontario.  I found the picture in the factory newspaper, The Commando, which has been digitized and placed online by the Pickering Ajax Digital Archive (PADA).

In another issue of The Commando I found a note of condolence to Reg and his wife Mary on the death of their daughter, Marilyn Phyllis Halls.  She was only 17.

It seems appropriate to finish this post on VE Day, the day we remember the Allied victory over the Nazis, which Reg, along with millions of others throughout the world, helped to bring about.  Theirs was a great victory.

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