Every November 11th, I dedicate a blog post to my four ancestors who served in the First and Second World Wars and my parents who served with the R.C.A.F. in peace time.
- WWI: My great-grandfather M Corporal John Moreland (1882-1940) (RCGA) (#1257597)
- WWII: My great-uncle Gerald John Moynahan (1908-1961) (RCAMC)
- WWII: My great-uncle Thomas Bernard Moynahan (1909-1974) (RCOC & RCEME)
- WWII: My 1st cousin 2x removed Leo Joseph Martin Broderick (1919-1943) KIA (RCAF) (R/109822)
"More than a third of Canadians are unaware if they had ancestors who participated in either of the world wars" (based on a survey by ancestry.ca.)
|Gerald Moynahan's CVSM 1939-1945 Medal & Clasp and Attestation Papers |
(Source: Moynahan Archives/ Cindi Moynahan-Foreman)
- 2016: Every November 11 - I Remember Them
- 2015: November 11 - Remembering My Ancestors
- 2014: Remembrance Day 2014 - Lest We Forget
|My second great-grandfather Martin Broderick (1831-1915) was a Fenian Raid volunteer https://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2016/03/list-279-fenian-raid-volunteer-bounty.html|
23 New Names Added to This Remembrance
This year I am adding some more names and photographs that I have come across in my ongoing genealogical research.
|My great-uncle Father Ray Moynahan was a priest during WWII and administered to the spiritual needs of soldiers and their families in Goderich, Ontario https://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/04/52-ancestors-no-13-rev-ray-moynahan.html|
My Tilbury, Ontario second cousin (2x removed) James Coveny was killed in the First World War on the 28th of August 1918, 1 Mile S of Arras, France. James had enlisted at 18 years of age in 1915 and made it all the way to the "Last Hundred Days".
|Source: Library and Archives Canada; War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death; Box: 167 ; Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948|
|James Coveny was buried at: Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: D. 21. Created by: CWGC/ABMC Record added: Aug 06, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 56184696|
I have dedicated an entire blog post to him. Please read more about him by visiting: http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2017/10/james-coveny-no-123175-1897-1918.html
200+ Years of My Maternal Ancestors
|John, Florence (Curd) and Dorothy Moreland (c1910)|
My Haligonian cousin reminded me that a LOT of my maternal ancestors married military men (in the U.K. and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also reminded me that a LOT of my maternal ancestors also enlisted in peace time.
I honour and remember them here:
- My 4th great-grandmother Ann Sangster married Archibald Crichton (Fofar & Kardine Militia 1802)
- My 3rd great -grandmother Jane Dewar married Robert Crichton (Royal Garrison Artillery 1823-1846)
- My 2nd great -grandmother Catherine Power married Charles Douglas Crichton (Royal Garrison Artillery 1859-1882)
- My great -grandmother Effie Tomlin married Charles Robert Crichton (Royal Dockyard Worker)
- My great -grandmother Effie Tomlin married William Melhuish (Royal Navy 1911-1919)
- My grandmother Dorothy Moreland married Frederick Douglas Creighton (Royal Dockyard Worker)
- My aunt xxxxx married Kenneth Creighton (RCAF 1959-1969)
- xxxxx married my Haligonian cousin (Royal Canadian Navy (1986-2006)
|My Atlantic military ancestors|
- Husband of my great-grandmother: William Melhuish (1890-1954)
- My mother: Dawn (Creighton) Moynahan (1936-1981)
- Husband of my great-aunt: Charles Laidlaw (1916-1998)
- My cousin: Dale Huston (1953-1976)
- My uncle: Myron Huston (1927-1972)
- Husband of my great-aunt: Clyde Garrison (1921-1994)
- My uncle: Jack Creighton (1935-1995)
|My uncle: Cyril O'Connor (1928-2006)|
I have written about my second cousin (2x removed) Jerry Moynahan previously (see: Kent County (Ontario) Moynahan Ancestors ) and I recently became aware of his military service through a website called "Gathering Our Heroes" which aims to compile all of the names and stories of the World War I and II veterans from Chatham-Kent, on their website, and to make it accessible to everyone through the internet.
|Jerry Moynahan of Tilbury, Ontario (1918-2011)|
"Jerry enlisted with the Essex Scottish I September of 1939. (TT 28/09/39) and he transferred to be a Signalman A21902 with the army in Germany.
While near Calcar, Germany serving with the battalion headquarters, they were surrounded by the enemy. The group fought off repeated attacks over night as the Germans tried to capture the town. They sheltered in the cellar while Nazi artillery fired on the building. (CDN 8/03/45)
Reported returning from overseas duty aboard HMCS St. Laurent, expected to dock at “an eastern Canadian port” soon. (CDN 8/09/45). Jerry was reported being welcomed back to Chatham from overseas duty by Aldermen George Kerr KC., A. G. Goodman and Bert Joyce also by Rehabilitation Officer William Foreman and Alex Copeland for the Civil Reception Committee along with hundreds of citizens. (CDN 12/09/45)".
John Aloysius Conlon (1898-1962)
|The Conlon Family (c1910) (Source: Photo archives of Pete Foreman)|
The young man in the rear is John Aloysius Conlon who served in WWI. I have had no luck tracking down his military records. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland May 15, 1898 and he died suddenly in Toronto on December 8, 1962.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Source: Toronto Star: 10 Dec. 1962
|The Sutherlands: (Source: Sandy Sutherland, Find A Grave, Memorial# 65543591)|
The soldier in the photo above is James Sutherland (1872-1940) who is a descendant of the Annal clan (see: http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2016/05/distant-cousins-from-annal-hess-clan.html)
He enlisted on January 22nd, 1916 at the age of 44 years and 11 months. He was:
- five feet six inches tall
- fresh complexion, dark eyes and grey hair
- On June 13, 1916, he was considered fit for service
Both of my parents served in New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
|My mother Dawn (Creighton) Moynahan (FCO 278) (Middle row, 4th from left)|
|Mt father (TO 125) (Back row, 2nd from left)|