Above Gallery – Dedication Of DPALC Technical Wing; 10 November 2009 Gatineau, Quebec. Photo credit; MCpl David Cribb; Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Sergeant (Ret.) Ms. Nadine Manning on June 25th, 2021.
I first met Nadine, when the Department of Public Affairs Learning Centre (DPALC) in Gatineau, held a reunion for the surviving members of the Canadian Army Film Unit on November 10th, 2009. There was a school dedication, and a Town Hall meeting featuring the members of the CFPU; Michael Spencer, Norman Quick, Chuck Ross, and Nadine Manning.
Nadine was born in London, England, in April of 1923, the result of a union between her father Harold, a WWI veteran, and his British war bride, Florence Hanna. The family, living in Sarnia, Ontario at the time, took a trip to England in the summer of 1939 when suddenly Germany invaded Poland. Britain declared war against the Nazis and the Manning’s found themselves confined to the island where they re-settled in their native London.
Still a teenager, Ms. Manning vividly recalls the German air raids from the Battle of Britain where her family narrowly escaped death when their house was destroyed by a downed German bomber. Wanting to join the Allied cause, Ms Manning joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps at age 19 in 1943. She worked as a clerk in personnel records prior to her assignment to the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit as a Motion Picture Librarian.
For a time, she worked at Merton Parks Studio in Wimbledon where the pace of work was regularly halted by enemy air raids and German Buzz-bombs. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Ms. Manning returned to Canada in 1946 and was released from military service in Oakville, Ont., later that year.
Ms. Manning moved to Montreal and worked for Associated Screen News for 11 years. She joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1957 where she became Head of the Stock-Shot Library working once again with the Canadian Army Newsreel series she had become so familiar with at Merton Park Studios. She retired in 1986.
Nadine is now peacefully resting at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens Field of Honour, in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
PHOTO: Private Nadine Manning of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit in a film vault at Merton Park Studios, London, England, 19 December 1944. Credit: Capt. Jack H. Smith / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-152104.
PHOTO: Private Nadine Manning of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit processing strips of censored film at Merton Park Studios, London, England, 19 December 1944. Credit: Capt. Jack H. Smith / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-152111.
PHOTO: Corporals Nadine Manning and Marjorie Cox of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (C.W.A.C.) taking the London County Council’s photography class, London, England, 27 September 1945. Credit: Lieut. Arthur L. Cole / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-152109.
See also: The Women of the CFPU: