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Secwepemc vets honoured online years after service Group recognizes Indigenous soldiers TODD SULLIVAN STAFF REPORTER tsullivan@kamloopsthisweek.com

Al and Ethel Weins fought for Canada in the Second World War. Ethel, who was the last surviving female Secwepemc veteran of the war, died on Canada Day this year.

When Carryl Cole started her Facebook page dedicated to honouring local First Nations veterans, there was nothing else like it online — somewhere to honour and remember Secwepemc men and women who have served in Canada’s military. “There was one national page,” she said. “But there wasn’t anything local.” That was in 2009. Since then, her page grew to include 150 members before Cole decided to switch it to a Facebook group for ease of management. “I’ve asked people to share it on Facebook,” she said. “Mostly

people that I know who are also descended from some veterans that also think it’s important. So they share it and some of their family members get involved.” Cole’s family has seen its fair share of battle. Her grandfather served in both the First World War and the Second World War and her aunt and uncle, Al and Ethel Weins, fought for Canada in the Second World War. Ethel, who was the last surviving female Secwepemc veteran of the Second World War, died on Canada Day this year. According to Cole, she was stationed in England during the war, working in laundry. See GROUP’S, B5

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LEST WE FORGET Museum offering free public cenotaph tours KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

Arthur Clifford Day arrived in England to fight during the First World War a couple weeks before his 20th birthday. The young man, whose name is now memorialized on the Kamloops cenotaph, would later have a bout of diarrhea so extreme, while in the trenches, he was hospitalized for three weeks. The story may not be well known around the River City and may even sound a little gross or sensational. However, it indeed provides a launching point in contextualizing larger issues of war in the 1900s, including conditions in the trenches. “Cholera, typhoid, dysentery, trench fever — all these things that are quite widespread,” Kamloops Museum and Archives educator Meghan Stewart said. A new tour put on by the museum focuses on the history of the cenotaph, which was erected downtown in 1925, after the First World War. It includes stories about fallen soldiers like Day and contextualizes the cenotaph itself, erected as part of a commemoration movement. “There’s this move, this wave of commemoration that really sweeps through North America and Europe following the First World War and because it’s the first time in history that we’ve really seen loss of life on this massive scale, it’s the first time we really see commemoration, as well,” Stewart said. “You’ll notice most of the memorialization you see of military endeavours tends to be around the First and Second world wars. There’s much less around peacekeeping and even around Afghanistan, at this point.” One-hundred-and-eighty-nine

DAVE EAGLES/KTW Kamloops Museum and Archives educator Meghan Stewart is leading free public tours of the city’s cenotaph, which was erected in 1925, following the First World War. The monument bears the name of each Kamloops soldier killed dating back to the war, which saw 189 local men slain. The most recent addition to the cenotaph was Master Cpl. Erin Doyle, a 32-year-old soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2008.

Kamloops men died during the First World War. The community’s population at that time was about 4,000. For context, a loss of about five per cent of the city’s population today would mean 4,500 fewer people in Kamloops.

The deaths of those young men made a huge impact on the community, Stewart said. Fewer lives were lost in the Second World War due, in part, to things like antibiotics and increased mechanization. The most recent name to be

added to the cenotaph — the first Kamloops resident since the Korean War — was Master Cpl. Erin Doyle, a 32-year-old man who died in Afghanistan in 2008. In addition to the cenotaph, a lesser recognized rock pyramid farther down the hill toward Stuart

Wood in Memorial Hill Park recognizes lost students. The 30-minute tour is at Memorial Hill Park through Remembrance Day. It is free. To register, contact the Kamloops Museum and Archives by calling 250-828-3576.

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City veteran memorialized in France, and book JESSICA WALLACE STAFF REPORTER jessica@kamloopsthisweek.com

A First World War memorial in France now commemorates Kamloops veteran Frederick Lee. But preserving his memory will go much further, with a scholarship next year at Thompson Rivers University in his name, a documentary premiering next spring uncovering his untold story and a graphic novel distributed to students at city schools. “Hopefully, it’ll galvanize the community,” Lieut. Col. Ammo Vecchio said. “Get people thinking, when they come on Remembrance Day, maybe they’ll think, ‘OK, we understand now even a bit more.’” The Rocky Mountain Rangers visited France last month to commemorate completion of Hill 70 Memorial Park. Hill 70 was an important strategic diversion that relieved pressure on the Allies in the First World War, but killed 9,000 Canadians. Included in the memorial is a walkway and two benches in hon-

Graphic novel The Road to Lens chronicles the story of Kamloops veteran Frederick Lee, a Chinese-Canadian who died while fighting in the First World War.

our of Lee, a Chinese-Canadian from Kamloops who died fighting during the war. The group of 42 uniformed

and association members from Kamloops and Prince George travelled overseas for the official commemoration on Oct. 2.

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Council heard thousands will now know the history of the young Kamloops farmer who enlisted with the 172 Battalion on a voluntary basis, prior to conscription. Vecchio described the trip as sombre and said it made him realize the gravity of decisions in a leadership role. “If not, this is the end result,” he said. The Rocky Mountain Rangers hoped to raise $25,000 for its part in installing one of the benches in honour of Lee at the memorial park. It raised less than half of that fundraising goal, but Vancouver entrepreneur Jack Gin, who has spearheaded the Hill 70 project, stepped up and paid the rest of the money needed to purchase the bench, in order to ensure it would be in place in time for the commemoration ceremony. Now, the group hopes to raise money to start a scholarship in town in the soldier’s name. “We are still raising money, but Jack has told us that any more money, he would like it not to go

to the bench but to something else,” Vecchio said. “Well, we’ve decided that Jack has started a bursary at TRU in Frederick Lee’s name. Any more money we raise is going to be going into that bursary.” The bursary is expected to be given out for the first time by the university next spring. In addition, a graphic novel was published earlier this year called The Road to Lens: The Story of Private Frederick Lee. “It basically tells Freddy Lee’s life,” Vecchio said. “From birth until he went over and he lost his life. It’s a graphic novel and it’s going to be distributed in schools as part of a history piece. “It’s a visualization. Instead of the typical opening a textbook, World War One, this particular battle, campaign, read, read, read. It’s the visualization and it’s done so well that you see facial expressions. It’s Freddy Lee and Kamloops centric because of where he enroled … it’s wonderful.”

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LEST WE FORGET Group’s founder works with organization to provide grave markers for Indigenous vets

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Some families could not afford markers On her return trip to Canada, there was a surprise reunion on her boat. She was seasick for a couple of days,” Cole said. “And when she came out of her room she ran into someone from Chase and found out that her brother was on the same boat. But there must have been thousands of people on the ships.” Her Facebook presence has helped Cole connect with The Last Post Fund’s Unmarked Grave Program, a program with the objective of providing permanent markers for eligible veterans who lay in unmarked graves.

There were a lack of benefits available to Indigenous veterans after the Second World War because of the Indian Act and many families simply couldn’t bear the cost of a grave marker. Cole was contacted by The Last Post Fund in September and asked to help research and work with Secwepemc veterans’ families who need a grave marker. Families interested in the program are invited to contact Coles at carrylcoles@ymail.com. To see Cole’s group — which features many historical photos — and learn more about the history of Secwepemc soldiers, search “Honoring Secwepemc Veterans Group” on Facebook.

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