Monthly Archives: December 2010


Veterans Guard of Canada: Wade MATLOCK (pictures 13 through 16)

*** More information to come ***  From the Henderson Homefront Archives and Collection.  


Veterans Guard of Canada: Wade MATLOCK (pictures 5 through 8)

From the Henderson Homefront Archives and Collection.Note:  Picture 5 was included in error and has been removed as it does not belong to this set. The permit measures 20 X 12.5  cm.


Veterans Guard of Canada: Wade MATLOCK (pictures 9 through 12)

From the Henderson Homefront Archives and Collection. Pay Book closed measures 10 X 13.3 cm.

Beware of fake ships in bottles

Advice from R.J. Henderson:
Re: PoW-made ship in a bottle. Viewers are reminded that not all ships in bottles are PoW-made. Among those to avoid any with a rope or metal band around it holding the bottle to the base.
There are fakes out there!

The red stripe on the German PoW uniform trousers

R.J. Henderson commented about the PoW uniforms worn by the German prisoners in Canada:

Note that the red trouser stripe (11cm. wide) was placed in the right trouser leg only.  As a joke, the PoW often compared themselves to German Generals, who also had a red stripe down their left leg in their dress uniform.

Notes on putting together “For You, the War is Over” museum exhibit

This is a note I made when we were putting together the museum exhibit, “For You, the War is Over”._______________________________________________________________________________________

Some of the items Mr. Cory [Rory Cory, Senior Curator of The Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta] mentioned included artifacts which are now part of the exhibit. Others were not available for loan.

The PoWs in Alberta were given uniforms of blue denim with a big red circle on the back of the jacket. Some of these, I later learned, were made by GWG of Edmonton. We were lucky enough to be able to borrow uniforms from the collections of the Red Deer Museum and the Aerospace Museum in Calgary.

German Prisoner of War Crafts Include Many Ships

Mr. Cory mentioned a number of types of POW art and craft works, including a ship in a glass case, a carved U-boat, a clock, and a marquetry castle. I have since seen a lot of ships, including the ship in a bottle, such as the one shown here. In fact, I even saw one for sale one day in Sidney-by-the-Sea, B.C., in a book and antique store there. Some of the wooden models of ships built by PoWs were amazingly detailed, and all the more amazing considering they were largely done from memory.Veterans Guard Artifacts

Part of the story of the German PoWs in Canada is the role of the Veterans Guard. These were the former First World War Canadian soldiers who came back to serve as guards during the Second World War. Some of their artifacts include uniforms, badges, even a pistol.

As you can probably tell, this exhibit is the result of much co-operation among museums and private collectors, not just in planning and putting it together, but in providing the actual items to go into it, and the stories behind the items.

STEINHILPER, escape attempts from Bowmanville

An item that appeared in a list: “Steinhilper” PoW Card, written to his father from Bowmanville,  before his 5th (unsuccessful) escape attempt.

Reported by R.J. Henderson

Notes on Veterans Guard pictures of TARBET; Probably not from Maple Creek

The pictures of James TARBET and his fellow Veterans Guards looked to be from Kananaskis, and some were labelled as such.  However, there were some that I (Jill) couldn’t place, and it was suggested perhaps VGC member TARBET might have trained in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.

R.J. Henderson‘s opinion:

The two pictures with mountains (tall hills) are not from Maple Creek, and I have major doubts about the other two as well.  One has what appear to be a road grade or end of a runway showing.  The young VGC member could well have been guarding an airport in BC as part of his duties.

Books: Ephemera, and Women PoW

R.J. Henderson’s recent books include one on the ephemera in his collection.In mid-2009, he heard that a lady is writing a book on women prisoners of war in Canada.  These would not have been German women, but rather Canadians being punished for fraternizing with the enemy.

Kurt BLASS (PoW)

Kurt BLASS was from the U-31, commanded by Kapt. Ltn. Wilfried PRELLBERG (originally published here as PRELLBERT), sunk 19 OCT 1940 by the destroyer HMS ANTELOPE northwest of Ireland.
CORRECTION: Thanks to Hans Mair for advising that the surname we originally had as PRELLBERT should be PRELLBERG.
From the Henderson Homefront Collection & Archives