Category Archives: Alberta PoW Camps

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Remembrance Day Brochure, 1945, Medicine Hat Camp

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Mr. Henderson’s notes: Remembrance Day for the members of the Veterans Guard of Canada was a essential part of their life style – not only commemorating the loss of family and friends in the First World War, but now sons and daughters and … Continue reading

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Picture frame made by a German PoW Heinrich PANZ or PENNS

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This carved wooden photo frame has identifying information carved and written right on it, and there is a typed label as well. Carved on the front: 1939 – 1940; Kananaskis; Seebe Alberta; Camp Written on the back: Heinrich Panz; Waldheim, … Continue reading

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Decorated wooden box made by prisoner at Medicine Hat Camp 132

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Six views of a wooden box made by a German prisoner of war at the Medicine Hat Camp 132, dated 1945. The drawings resemble cartoons as seen on PoW YMCA postcards.

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A Medicine Hat PoW Journal from 1944, page 7: Capture and transport

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Continuing on from A Medicine Hat PoW Journal from 1944, pages 1-6, here is page 7, which tells how the prisoners’ journey started in Africa. Although this book appears to belong to one man, Rudolf KRUSE, I do not know … Continue reading

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A Medicine Hat PoW Journal from 1944, pages 1-6

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Hello, this is Jill Browne posting after a long absence. As you may know already, I am not an expert in German Prisoners of War in Canada, but I have a lot of relevant photos. Most of these are from … Continue reading

Item 367: A book of drawings by prisoners of war in the Lethbridge, Alberta camp

ITEM 367: WOOD COVERS ON A BOOK OF PoW DRAWINGS RELATED TO LETHBRIDGE CAMP 133.

DESCRIPTION: Wood cover with a carved “Veterans Guard of Canada” curved band across the top. Below that a Green Maple Leaf. Below that in Red on a Navy Blue background “PoW Camp 133, Lethbridge”. 15.5 X 11 cm.

Apparently made for a Camp “Show and Sale” as allowed for the PoW to dispose of their handicraft to Camp employees and local citizens.

Inside cover has a area marked “Room for your foto!”.

Pages as follows:

  • Drawing of guard tower, 1940 – 1945. German translates to “10 original illustrations of the Prisoners of War”;
  • Camp scene showing buildings, Union Flag, grain elevators;
  • Character sketch of a VGC member;
  • Jeep with running dog outside the wire;
  • VGC members searching new PoW;
  • VGC member working in a timber camp;
  • Canadian Engineer “Ferrets” survey the compound for potential escape sites;
  • Character sketch of a VGC member in winter garb;
  • VGC Roll Call.;
  • Guard Tower; and
  • VGC member relaxes as PoW work on a farm.

Canadian Censor mark 27 on the inside back cover of the book.

 From the Henderson Homefront Collection

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ITEM 303: Picture, framed by a PoW, of a painting by Albrecht DUERER (1471 – 1528) of his father

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Item 303 002: Pow-made frame and reproduction of Duerer painting, front

Front.

White page with notes in pencil about Duerer paining

Item 303 003: Back of Duerer reproduction with notes, possibly by Dr. James HEMSTOCK

Back.

DESCRIPTION: Obtained in the Medicine Hat PoW camp by Canadian Dr. James HEMSTOCK, who served there in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps. Marked on the reverse “Reproduction of a painting in oil by Albrecht DUERER.” “DUERER’s father”.

37 x 47.5 CM.

From the Henderson Homefront Collection and Archives.

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Veterans Guard of Canada (VGC) Wooden Cigarette Case

From the Henderson Homefront Archives and Collection Wood cigarette case.  Front marked 1941, “Smoke with pleasure -” Cpl. Wilson, R, 13th Co., V.G.O.C. Reverse marked “Kananaskis” 13 Cm. X 8.5 Cm. X 2 Cm. Click on any picture to enlarge … Continue reading

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.