Remembrance Day is here once again. I want to introduce you to my Uncle Henry. He is gone now. I only met him twice that I can remember.
He and my other Uncle Louis were in the army together. Henry followed his brother Louis. Henry lied about his age. They were both POW's.
This is my Uncle Henry's friend (on the right in gray suit) Mr. Hudson Chambers. These pictures were sent to my cousin Vince (Henry's son) Fontaine by Mr. Chambers' daughter.
These two men were POW's together.
I really don't know much about my Uncle and his exploits. His time in the army and his experience in the camp. I just know that Mom loved her brother
"Mannish" very much. I believe Vince is going to be organizing a Memorial Gathering in honour of his Dad sometime in the future. That is a great thing. My Aunties are going to be really happy about that.
Vince looks like his Dad for sure.
Evelyn LaForte Henry
served with The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders and Hudson his buddy
served with Essex Scottish Regiment. they were captured and became
prisoners of war and were made to walk a thousand mile march to work in
and underground coal mine in Czechoslovakia. Hudson Chambers who was
Henry's buddy died last year after Remembrance day . Rest In Peace!
CHAMBERS, H. HUDSON (September 1, 1924 – November 21, 2012) - Passed
away peacefully with family at his side at Sakura House Hospice,
Woodstock.Hudson Chambers. Born September 1, 1924 near Bright, Ontario, Hudson
grew up during the Great Depression. He served bravely with the Essex
Scottish Regiment during the invasion of Normandy, landing at Juno Beach
on June 8, 1944, and was captured about six weeks later at Falaise,
France. He spent his twentieth birthday as a prisoner of war, laboring
in the underground coal mine at Teschin, Czechoslovakia. As the
Russians advanced from the east in January 1945, Hudson’s German captors
moved the POW’s out of their camps, beginning a “thousand mile march”
westwards during one of coldest winters of the century. When Hudson
and his fellow soldiers liberated themselves by disarming their German
guards near Vienna, he was within days of death from starvation. But
the spirit which had kept him alive enabled him to carry on for another
67 years. After World War 2, Hudson returned to Woodstock to become a
very successful home builder.