In Search of D-Day: Charles E. Beddoe

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When my father first sent me the article on Charles Beddoe, I was surprised to see that there had been a RCN Combat Cameraman living right here in Ottawa since 1958, the same year that I was born! I immediately contacted the Ottawa Citizen, who graciously provided me with his contact information; residing at the Perley & Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre, at 1750 Russell Road. What happened next became an interesting mix of straightforward interviews, discoveries, and…even more discoveries. Charlie had only recently moved into the Perley & Rideau, when the family had come across a cache of films in their old residence on Browning Avenue, only a few blocks…

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Fred G. Spear: Photographer – PR Darkroom Technician

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    Fred G. Spear and and Lillian Roach - Photo courtesy Sheila Mitchell
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    Fred G. Spear : Public Relations Darkroom Technician- Photo courtesy Sheila Mitchell
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    Fred G. Spear : Public Relations Darkroom Technician- Photo courtesy Sheila Mitchell

So much time has passed since the end of the war, that it has made locating information about some of the veterans extremely challenging. Oftentimes, I rely on visitors to the website for additional information about former members of the CFPU. In this recent post, I want to share an email that I received from Sheila Mitchell, who is searching for additional information about her father, Fred G. Spear. As Sheila would explain, “As far as my father goes, his full name was Fred or Frederick George Spear.  My mother at the time was Lillian Phylis Roach, I believe.” As it turns out, Sgt. Fred G. Spear, B112922, was a Darkroom Technician with…

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