In November 2022 we are pleased and honoured to have the Veterans’ Memorial Banners displayed on King Street in Riverside-Albert. In total there are 30 banners being put up to commemorate the service and sacrifice of many of our veterans. Additional banners may be ordered for next year through the Legion in Hillsborough.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Collins of Albert had two sons and one daughter in the Canadian Army.
Corporal Alger R. Collins joined the Royal Rifles of Canada at the age of 16. He trained in New Brunswick, Ontario and Newfoundland. Alger died in Hong Kong on December 23, 1941 at the age of 18. His mother was a Silver Cross Mother. A letter he wrote home to his mom said, “Don’t worry about me because I am now a soldier of Canada.”
Weldon C. Collins enlisted and shipped overseas for service in WWII. He was injured in Great Britain and lost his leg as a result. Unfortunately, later in life his other leg had to be amputated. Weldon lived in Moncton.
Lillian B. Collins did her army training in Kitchener, Ontario, and she lived in Moncton, New Brunswick.
James H. Copp served in the army in WWII. When the war memorial was placed at McClelan Park in Riverside, James had the honor of unveiling it.
John F. Corney was born in Prince Edward Island. While living in Moncton with his family, he joined the army in 1941. He served overseas with the Canadian Army. After the war, he farmed in Midway and later moved to Riverside. Like many of our vets he still has family in the area.
Walter Michael Doherty was born in New Ireland. His mother died when he was four years old, and he was raised by his father and sister Stella. At the age of 16 he joined the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment. His regiment was part of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, where Walter and nineteen other Canadian soldiers were captured by the 12th SS Panzer Division under the command of Kurt Meyer. The prisoners were interrogated and one by one taken out to the garden and executed. Kurt Meyer was convicted of war crimes and served ten years at Dorchester Penitentiary. The story of this crime is told in a book, Murder at the Abbaye.
Susan and John Duffy of Germantown had three sons (Vincent, James and Francis) who served in the army during WWII.
Vincent L. Duffy served overseas perhaps as a cook because that is what he did as a civilian. He lived in Hopewell Hill.
James Edward Duffy took his training in Fredericton and served overseas as a Lance Corporal. He lived in Albert. His letters sent home are a valued family possession.
Reginald H. Graves was born in New Ireland and lived in Beaverbrook. He served in the 14th Canadian Field Ambulance and got shrapnel in his leg. He served in Italy and Sicily.
Russell J. Fullerton enlisted in the army in June 1941. He served for three years in Italy with the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade (later renamed the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade). He has family in the area and in Ontario. He lived in Albert.
Corporal Rupert Haire, peacekeeper, served in the navy as a sonar man on submarines. He transitioned to the army and served as vehicle technician in Canada and Germany. He lived in Riverside.
Ronald M. Kennie lived in Beaverbrook and joined the Royal Rifles at the age of 16. He died in the Battle of Hong Kong just before the surrender at Christmas in 1941.
Albert H. Lockhart joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a mechanic at the base in Debert, Nova Scotia. His son and family live in the area.
Rev. Francis Lockhary was the parish priest in Riverside (1907–1919). He had the Holy Ghost Church built in 1908. He went overseas and served as Chaplain in WWI with the Canadian Army, returning home after the Armistice.
Manus and Jane McKinley of Albert had three sons serving in WWII ( Bennie, Mincer and Wilfred).
Bennie McKinley joined the RCAF and served overseas. His plane was shot down and crashed on the beach. The pilot was killed, and he was taken prisoner and served three years in a German prison. Some of his letters sent home still exist.
Joseph McKinley served with the 145th Battalion (New Brunswick) as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in Britain and France during WWI. He suffered shell gas wounds at Vimy Ridge and spent many months in the hospital. He lived in Riverside.
Emmerson J. Morrissey of Germantown was a member of the Saint John Fusiliers and the Cape Breton Highlanders. He served in England, Holland, France, and Italy. He and his family later lived in Irishtown.
Roy E. Rolfe, the son of a sea captain, was in WWI. He served in France and Italy and was wounded 5 times. He and his family lived in Point Wolfe, Fundy National Park. He moved to Hopewell Hill and donated a large parcel of his farm for the new Catholic Cemetery. He later moved to Riverside.
Charles M. Rossiter joined the Cape Breton Highlanders in 1939. He served in Italy, Germany and France until the end of the war. He lived in Waterside.
Hillyard D. Rossiter joined the Army and trained in Scotland where he met his future wife. He served in Germany and Holland and lived in Beaverbrook.
James C. Russell of Hopewell Hill joined the navy and was a cook aboard the HMCS Calgary K 231 Corvette. The ship was part of a convoy that sank German U-boats. James received many burns while cooking in the rough seas. Like many of our vets, he has family in the area.
Leslie V. Stevens of Memel was in the Canadian Army. He trained in Canada and Scotland. He saw military action in the Netherlands and Germany. He received wounds to his eyes from a shell blast.
Royal G. Taylor served in the 34th (Reserve) Field Regiment that stormed the beaches at Normandy. His granddaughter, Debbie, and her husband live in Riverside.
Douglas F. Tucker joined the army at the age of 16. He served in France and Germany. He lived with his family in Riverside.
Clifford West of Hopewell Hill had two sons who served in the RCAF in WWII:
James W. West was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a crew member who took part in many of the bombing raids over Germany in WWII. He lived in Riverview and later moved to the family home in Hopewell Hill. Jim had a large collection of antiques and a rare knowledge of the history of the area.
William West trained in radar at various places, including Ireland where he met his wife, Peggy. He became a radar operator and served throughout Europe. He was awarded the British Empire Medal. After the war, he became Regional Director for the Farm Credit Corporation, which provides financial assistance for farmers. He and his family lived in Riverview.
Frank F. Willett served in the Canadian Army and was a dispatch rider with the 12th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. He served in France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. He resided in Riverside.
James A. Wilson was an army sergeant in WWI. He served in England, Wales and France and returned home with his bride. They lived in Riverside.
Hugh C. Wright joined the army at age 19. He served with the CEF’s 26th Battalion (New Brunswick) in Belgium and France during WWI. His letters sent home from the battle fields still exist. He was a lighthouse keeper at Grindstone Island.