Volume 23 (Spring and Summer 2005) – New Brunswickers at War

Officers' Quarters Volume 23 (Spring and Summer 2005) - New Brunswickers at War

Officers’ Quarters Volume 23 (Spring and Summer 2005) – New Brunswickers at War

“From the Editor’s Desk …” (page 3)

“A Case of Justifiable Homicide” by Robert Dallison (page 5)

Article provides information about the role played by Black Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War; and in particular focuses on a Loyalist-owned slave named Harry. In August 1782, there was a trial of nine Negro men who were accused of murdering Cornelius Niffee of Bergen, New Jersey. Blacks who were accused of violence against whites would seldom receive due process. For at least the next 150 years, at least, a lynch mob would swiftly deal with such occurrences.

“A Silver Cross Comes Home” by Robert L. Dallison (page 9)

The medal is a Memorial Cross more commonly known as a Silver Cross was donated by the estate of Elizabeth J. Walton. The cross was issued for service in the First World War to Charles McCoy.

“‘New Brunswick’s Navy’ at War, 1939-1945” by Marc Milner (page 11)

During the Second World War the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) moved beyond its traditional use of famous people, battles, geographical features, and naming its vessels after cities, towns, and villages. 22 out of 300 plus named warships in the RCN between 1939 and 1945 were named for places in New Brunswick; such as for example, Moncton, Sackville, St. Croix, Shediac, and Buctouche.

“David Dickson Remebrances of World War II” by Pat Flemming (page 18)

David Dickson provides a soldiers’ recollection of the war, in which he enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1940 at the age of 19. He served overseas for five years. Justice Dickson returned to the University of New Brunswick after the war and in 1964 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Brunswick, until he retired in 1994.

“Remebrances of Former War Enemies Who Became Friends: The initiatives from both sides The Outstretched Hand translated from the German by Vincent Erickson (page 22)

This is the unlikely relationship of two one-time enemies during WW II. As an attempt at reconciliation, they dedicated a plaque in memory of their fallen comrades on both sides.

“Around the Society” by Donna Wallace (page 24)

“Report on the 2003-4 Programmes” by Vincent Erickson (page 25)


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