The attached file needs to go on the search list for the next person that is doing research at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
Thursday, 29 April
Finally, a dry day with no chance of rain! Took a 2 pound sledge and a block of wood to each of the cylinders......No luck! The engine is still seized up. Looking online, if I had the engine removed and on an engine stand, I could swivel it upside down and easily remove the oil pan in order to check out the crankshaft bearings. Having the engine still mounted removes the word easily. Unfortunately, it looks like the weather has turned nasty for the next week. Any other suggestions?
Seperate pages for the Vancouver Volunteer Regiment Artillery on a water crossing and the 68th Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery at Hastings Park have been added. Check out the early days of the artillery in Vancouver.
The Battery moves back into action with casualties to some of Bombardier Cox's friends., "The artillery, of all sizes, open up together at a certain hour, nearly always at night, and Fritz sends up signals of all colours for his artillery to open up. With these and the flashes of the shells as they burst, the front line is just one blaze of fire. The attacking side is ranging, of course, on the enemy support trenches to prevent them from coming up and the defenders on no man's land, to prevent the enemy from coming over. It's entirely a night war. From dark 'til dawn, it's one continual pounding . The Heavies, especially, are at counter - battery work." Check out the letter here.
North Langley Library Branch Renamed for Active Local Resident.
The Walnut Grove branch has been rechristened in honour of Dean Drysdale.
The Walnut Grove branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library will be renamed to honour a lifelong Langley man. The branch is located inside the Walnut Grove Community Centre will be called the Dean Drysdale Library in honour of the long-time Langley resident, elected official, professor, military officer, aspiring parliamentarian, and successful venture capitalist. After he passed away on Aug. 11, 2019, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Township council discussed options to recognize and honour the many contributions he made to his community, province, and country and referred it to staff for naming options. See more...
The Brigade has been moved to a rest camp at Divion, "Am stable orderly today = cleaning out stables and making up the feed. Write soon again, and if you don't hear between long intervals, always remember, that with a soldier …"no news is good news". If I ever have to write you that I have been wounded or killed, remember that before my letter arrives you will have received a telegram." It provides an opportunity to catch up on letter writing, cleaning and maintenance. Check out the letter here.
Two letters from Bombardier Cox. "I was ever so glad to get your letter yesterday, of Easter Sunday. I'll never forget that day: it was a dirty one for us. We moved to a different sector of the front, the day before Easter. Our gun position was an open field and of course, we had to have the guns dug in and camaflouged before dawn. We finished at 5:00 AM Easter Morning and after an hour's sleep in a shell hole, we were floated out of our blankets. It poured. We were wet all day." Check out the letters here and also the link to the OPip collection.
Major Hunter is the Officer Commanding Yorke Island. There's a requirement to wait 15 minutes after a Mills grenade blind rather than the 5 minutes previously used. The gymnasium is being used with an indoor track meet, a boxing tournament and volleball games. There's nightly entertainment with the following films announced: Roxie Hart, Take a Letter Darling, Secret Agent of Japan, Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour, Son of Fury, Footlight Serenade, The Flight’s In, Rise and Shine. Check out the diary here.
Part I Orders 2 December 1943 has an entry regarding the latest edition of the "NEW YORKER". This appears to be a Yorke Island newsletter. Has anyone ever seen or heard of the NEW YORKER?
Friday, 23 April 2021
Still not turning. Used emery cloth on the 6th cylinder to remove the rust in the cylinder. Poured acetone/ATF mixture in all cylinders again. One valve was seized open but a slight tap with a hammer and it closed shut. Poured acetone/ATF mixture on all valves. Now researching next step in unseizing engine. Check out the complete story here.
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