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Found footage: Lew Currie, Canadian Army Film Unit, Driver – update

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This post comes to you courtesy of Ben Moogk, who has been a driving force in locating and uncovering lost photographs, and film footage shot by the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit. Ben’s research has led him to uncover a film clip, and two photographs that depict Sgt. Al Grayston, and his driver, Lew Currie posing for the camera in a horse stable. Many of the drivers in the Film Unit risked their lives driving the cameramen under fire in order to get their stories. This post by Ben Moogk, is a follow up to an article shared by Vera Carver, grand-daughter of Lew Currie, April 17, 2017. LEWIS LUKE…

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Sgt. Bert Williamson: CFPU Combat Cameraman

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    Sgt. Bert Williamson, CFPU, behind the camera somewhere in Italy or Northern Europe. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Private Bert Wiiliamson posing on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Montreal, 1942-prior to shipping out. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert as a teenager at home in Point Fortune. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert & fiancé, Betty Francis. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert posing for the camera - possibly Montreal? Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert working at Associated Screen News (ASN) pre-war. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Portrait of Bert Williamson in Sicily. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert & fiancé, Betty Francis. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert posing for the camera, somewhere in Sicily. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Home of German sniper. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Bert & downed Nazi plane section. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Montreal, 1942 pre-shipping out. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Montreal, 1942 pre-shipping out. Photograph courtesy Harold Williamson.
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    Film slate, identifying the camera roll, shot by CFPU cameraman, Sgt. Bert Williamson. Thanks to Ben Moogk for digging up this gem within the British Pathe Archives.

Sgt. Bertram (Bert) Wellesley Williamson was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1912, to Arthur Harold Williamson Sr. and Ethel Irene May Hunter.  Both his mother and father were primarily of Scottish pioneer stock. The Williamson’s arrived from Scotland via County Monaghan Ireland in the early 1840s. The Hunters arrived from Scotland (Clackmannanshire,) sometime in the 1830s. Ethel’s Great grandfather John Hunter (b.1836-1897) was born in Huntingdon, CE (Canada East) and her father, David John Hunter (1878-1951) was born in St. Albans, Vt., USA.  Ethel was born in Montreal. Bert had a sister, Thelma, two years his junior and a younger brother, Arthur Harold Williamson Jr., 25 years his junior. Bert’s mother…

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