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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Lew Currie

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    Deux soldats canadiens regardent le ferrage d'un cheval fait par M. Le Lejolivet maréchal-ferrant rue de Bayeux.
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    Deux soldats canadiens regardent M. Le Jolivet, maréchal-ferrant rue de Bayeux à Creully, en train de ferrer un cheval

Film has the unique magic of giving the dead a semblance of life that is not captured in the still photograph. This semblance of life can now be given to one of the men who gave us our inheritance of moving images: Private Lewis Luke “Lew” Currie who was Sergeant Alan Grayston’s driver and assistant. Currie was killed in action while filming near Carpiquet Airfield with Grayston. The circumstances of his death were painful to all who knew him, are are too common in war. This short clip made at the end of on of Grayston’s rolls shot in Normandy caught my attention a year ago. I told Dale of…

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