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Captain King Whyte: Liberation of Belsen

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    Belsen, April 1945, Captain King Whyte in the foreground.

My father enlisted in the Canadian Army during World War Two believing it was his duty. His father served in the RAF during WWI and his grandfather served in the British military. My father wasn’t a combat soldier. He stationed in London and was on loan to the British. His background in radio broadcasting and journalism uniquely qualified him for various positions – narrating newsreels, writing reports for Radio Luxembourg, and reporting on the London blitz and the allied troops in Europe. In April 1945 my father was present during the liberation of Belsen. In a letter to my mother he wrote, “Tonight I am a different man. I have…

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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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