In Memory: Nadine Manning

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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:

https://canadianfilmandphotounit.ca/2012/11/12/the-women-of-the-cfpu/


5 Comments

  1. she didn’t stop being a warrior; she just enlisted in the LORD’S ARMY. she was very learned in the Bible and many of the study groups she signed on with sought her personal views on numerous occasions. we had many a in depth conversation as i altered and corrected her views of certain bible passages without any reprisals. i was privileged to announce to her that i had been in touch with Rideau Hall and had confirmed her warrant as Sgt. Major. But really she knew that i outranked her and was obliging and peaceable. just a little bit of fantasy which we spared in mutually. during her waning years i was pleased to drive her to her various doctor appointments. she was always trying to say thank you and my response was always the same = if it were me would you do likewise in Jesus’ service. she edited the prayer care list for St. Marys Anglican Church for many years and in the latter stages she had assistance from another angel Mary Battershill. just so you know while she was quite shy i was always able to get her in a joyful mood when i would call her and ask for CUDDLES. she was a great prayer warrior and managed the prayer care phone requests for st. marys. the best compliment she paid me was two days before her passing, i was able to get through on the phone to her hospital room and her closing comments were “YOUR A GOOD FRIEND WALTER.” because she said it i will accept her accolade; however, i did only what i knew my ministry required of me = love; assist; care for HER. CHEERFULLY SUBMITTED ; Walter Noye; Deacon Minister ; Southern Baptist style.

  2. I am honoured to have known Nadine and privileged to call her a dear friend. She loved the Lord and shared many wise and insightful thoughts on scripture at our weekly Bible studies.
    Thank you for honoring in this way.
    Maureen Firth

  3. Its makes us very proud to read this lovely tribute to Nadine (or Deanie as we, her English family called her) . She was a real character , with a great sense of humour , and although we only managed to visit her every 5 years on significant birthdays, we enjoyed her stories of her time in the Armed Forces very much .
    We were of course planning out visit to Montreal for her 100th birthday but sadly that was not to be .
    Thank you for Honouring Nadine in this way
    Jenny Chaudoir

  4. I first met Deanie as an 11 year old English school boy. in 1962.
    Receiving Christmas parcels from Canada were always a really special part of our Christmas celebrations and our subsequent five yearly visits this century have been exceptional.
    We are very proud of her contribution to the Canadian Woman’s Army Corps.
    I only wished we had recorded some of her experiences in London during WW2, as she was are really good story teller. We will miss her greatly.

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