WWI & WWII
THE RED ENSIGN
THEY FOUGHT UNDER THIS FLAG
For God and Country
LEST WE FORGET
grow not old, as we that are left grow old
in Active Service:
b- Apr 1883 in England
d- May 6, 1917, age 35
at or near Acheville
immigrated to Canada in 1894
1911, occupation Steam Fireman, Coal Mine, Methodist
Army- Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment, 28th Batt.
Commemorated on Page 201 of the WWI Book of Remembrance
Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Francis Douglas Bulmer
d- June 13, 1916
Died in Lines, Heart failure
Svc #426567, Private
Army- Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment, 46th Batt.
Commemorated on Page 61 of the WWI Book of Remembrance.
Bramshott (St. Mary) Churchyard
Hampshire, UK- grave I. H. 12., grave no 1202, cross erected.
(possibly Robert Flynn)
1911 census says b- Nov 1883 in Nova Scotia
age 27, Catholic, Coal miner
Thomas William Mularky
b- June 1, 1898 Green Bay Wisconsin, USA
father, William Henry Mularky, living in Bienfait
when Thomas enlisted
occupation shown as thresher, single
b- Aug 3, 1881 in Dundee Scotland
Reported Missing Nov 10, 1916,
Occupation when he enlisted Coal Miner
enlisted in Estevan Aug 16, 1915
next of kin- his wife, living in Bienfait when he enlisted
served in Boer War, 2nd Batt. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),
where he served 9 mo. active service
immigrated in 1907 to Canada
1911 census shown married but wife not living with him.
Henry Ashton Siddall
b- June 9, 1897, Oldham, Manchester, England
d- Nov 10, 1917, age 20
killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge
Reg #925426, Private, Baptist
Army- Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment, 5th Bn
son of Edwin and Anne Elizabeth Siddall of Roche Percee,
Commemorated on Page 325 of the First World War Book of Remembrance
Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Panel 18 - 26 - 28 , Belgium
b- Aug 12, 1887 in Methley, Yorkshire, UK
d- May 7, 1917
Rank- Private- Reg #426144
Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment, 31st Batt.
enlisted Dec 23, 1914 in Weyburn SK
Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Theaker,
of Denison Square, Mickletown, Methley, Leeds, England
occupation- Miner, Presbyterian religion
Merle Peter Lein
b- Sept 4, 1896 in Foxholm, Minn, USA
d- May 23. 1917
living in Estevan SK when he enlisted Nov 29, 1915 in Estevan
Reg #925061, Rank LCP
Bienfait- Reported Died of wounds, May 23, 1917
his attestation form signed by James A. Smith, JP in Estevan
next of kin, Father- Amon? Lein, in Bienfait SK
Those that fought:
was able to find only a couple
found a John (Jock) Kemp
1939 - 1945
Those who Died
detailed info below from Bill Barry
Brown, G.H., Pte
Fulton, D.B., Sgt
Heinz, Joseph., Pte Army,
b- May 11, 1918 in Bienfait
Heinz, T., Pte Army
Jones, R.V., Sgt
Martynuik, S., Pte
Oback, A., Pte Army
Stusiak, N., F/O
Swiderski, L.T., Pte
This man appears on the Bienfait
Information above courtesy
of Bill Barry
Those Who Served Canada
|Abood Louis||Hawkes, Archie||Redfern John|
|Auld John||Heintz Joseph||Redwood G.|
|Banks H.||Heintz Theodore||Rees D.|
|Barton Thomas||Herriot George||Rieviere H.|
|Barton Walter||Hesketh H.||Rohatyn Paul|
|Bembridge, Howard||Hitchen W.||Roper Frederick|
|Berg L.||Hogg W.||Rozner John|
|Blencowe H.||Hudak John||Rustulka Carl|
|Boruk Mike||Jackson Miss R.||Salmond J.|
|Boruk Walter||Jarvis R.||Schrock Roy|
|Brown J.||Jones Richard||Schrock J.|
|Carroll Alan||Kotlarski John||Scribialo L.|
|Carr Gordon||Kinna Kenneth John||Scribialo W.|
|Carr Jack||Klymyk William||Sears Walter|
|Clark A.||Klymyk Mike||Sernick Frank|
|Cloke Clarence||Klymyk Steve||Shasaroski E.|
|Cloke John||Kukura Joe||Sherratt W.|
|Clements Alex||Lashinski A.||Sloan Stanley|
|Colenz John||Lawrence G.||Smyth Roy George|
|Cuddington A.F.||Leary J. Jr.||Smyth Thomas Samuel|
|Cuddington Art W.||Locke Edmund||Stock D.|
|Cuddington D.||Lock Ronald||Stock E.|
|Cuddington H.||MacDonald Alex (see below)||Syrnak J.|
|Davies George||MacDonald Donald||Sumitus J.|
|Davies Robert||MacDonald James A. (Jim)||Swiderski Louis|
|Duncan James||MacDonald Lawrence||Taylor T.|
|Dutkiewicz W.||MacDonald Patrick (Pat)||Taylor Robert|
|Dzuba Michael||Markoski Metro||Tearse John|
|Edwardson A.||Markoski M.||Thompson C.|
|Edwardson N.||Martynuik S.||Tyman Dan|
|Elchyson Steve||Masby N.||Venne Miss O.|
|Ellis Borden||Matewush W.||Vollans W.|
|Ellis Duff||McCutchen E.||Wallace Miss O.|
|Enmark W.||McCutchen H.||Walsh Charles|
|Ewaski Mike||McKay E.||Watchman A. Jr.|
|Fai Nick||McNeil Angus||Watchman Jack|
|Fair W.J.||Mitchell R.||Wilkinson G.|
|Faulkner R.||Muirhead Lawrence Calvin||Wilkinson H.|
|Fedderson M.||Muirhead V.||Wilkinson Miss M.|
|Ferguson C.||Nail R.||Wilkinson Miss R.|
|Fiest, William Stephen||Nesbitt Jack||Wilson G.|
|Ford J.||Nicol Brian||Wilson Miss S.|
|Freeborn H.||Nieviadomy Frank||Wilson W.|
|Friedl Miss E.||Nieviadomy J.||Worrall James Jr.|
|Gent William James (Jim) *note 1||Novak Steve||Wrigley D.|
|Giem Gene||O'Back D. Adolph|
|Giem Keith||Oliver Alvin|
|Giem Stewart||Olson M.|
|Godard E.||Patterson M.|
|Graham Leslie Bruce||Pickard George|
|Guzik W.||Pickard W.|
|Hassard Bud||Prankie Tony|
|Hamilton Gordon||Pryznyk Miss Olga|
|Hamilton R.||Pryznyk Joseph|
|Hamilton W.||Prescott Miss Hilda (now Carlson) *2|
*note 1- Possible error in initials
Only Gent that served in the area, was my Uncle William James (Jim) Gent
*2- Hilda was a great friend to my Mom while my Mom was alive
and living in Hillview manor in Estevan. She told Mom some
real good stories of her life overseas in the war.
She was instrumental in forming the Library in Bienfait.
A true war hero for sure.
Hilda Carlson, nee Prescott
65 year pin
and her Lifetime Membership card at her funeral.
It is sad she wasn't able to receive this honour herself.
We miss you Hilda!
Decoration Day Services were held
at the Veterans Section In the Bienfait Cemetery
up to 1955.
Recent history I don't know
During World War I, victory bonds were sold.
The purpose of selling these was so the government
could borrow the people's money in order to keep the war front
and soldiers supplied with the necessary supplies.
After the war these bonds were cashed in by the people
who received a set rate of interest on their money.
During World War II, meat, sugar, coffee, butter, and
gas were rationed.
Everyone was given a certain number of ration
coupons according to the size of the family.
Jon "John" Kotlarski
managed to survive thru his war service,
only to return to Canada and die underground at the M&S mine
buried by a cave in of coal, on Thursday Nov 7, 1940, age 31.
born in Poland, he served in WWII for 11 months.
He was working as a helper on a coal cutting machine
at the time of the accident.
He came to Canada in 1928.
First worked at the Eastern Mine, then M&S.
His parents, seven sisters, and one brother were still in Poland.
a cousin, Walter Banas, lived in Bienfait at the time of his death.
buried in Bienfait Cemetery
note in obit his name is spelled Katlarski
but in Sept 12, 1928 ship record of his arrival to Canada
his name is Jan Kotlarski,
he arrived on the SS Montroyal, at Quebec, age 19.
6 Children of Mr. and Mrs. Peter MacDonald,
a Bienfait Coal Miner family,
all went to war during WWII.
4 served with the South Saskatchewan Regiment (SSR)
John A. MacDonald lost a leg at Dieppe,
came to Regina and was fitted with an artificial leg on Aug 26, 1943
and 6 weeks later won a dancing contest!
He enlisted as a Private in 1939.
I believe he was b- 1912, d- Jan 1, 1985, buried in SVMG in Estevan
Alex MacDonald enlisted in 1940 as a Private in SSR.
James A. (Jim) MacDonald became a Sergeant in SSR in 1939.
Donald MacDonald became a Private in SSR in 1940.
Lawrence MacDonald a Signaller in the
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1939.
Patrick MacDonald, the youngest, a trooper in the Tank Corps in 1942.
Alex and Patrick were still overseas in Nov. 1945.
Jim, John and Donald all served at Dieppe.
Donald transferred to the Saskatoon Light Infantry Overseas, and was in Italy
Lawrence and Patrick were in the European Theatre
Father- Peter MacDonald
d- May 18, 1948
buried in Bienfait Cemetery
Mother- Mary MacDonald
d- May 20, 1951
buried in Bienfait Cemetery
they also had a couple daughters I know of:
Mary MacDonald, married Bernie Batt
Effie MacDonald, married Roger Toillon
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