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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:24

Request for Additional Information: "The Boy's from Minaki" - World War I and World War II

The information describing the military and personal lives of the seven local Minaki residents that gave their lives in two world wars forms the basis for a permanent plaque. However, this information cannot be said to be complete until every possible avenue for any missing details has been explored.

The type of information that we are seeking should address the following categories;

  • Any additional military and personal history on the seven identified young men.
  • Information on Minaki residents that were enlisted in the military during any conflict that involved Canada and either survived and returned to non-military occupations or remained within the military career wise.
  • Military and personal information on Seasonal residents of Minaki involved in conflict.
  • Military and personal information on residents of Redditt involved in conflict.

The information that we have on the seven young men, is available online at the individual web links below, or dowload the entire "icon The Boys from Minaki (146.48 kB)" information package.

Private George Kippling - World War I

Pilot Officer Horace George Yelland - World War II

Aircraftman 2nd Class John (Jack) Henry McNally - World War II

Flight Sergeant Alexander Cuthbert Weir - World War II

Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Turner - World War II

Private Gerald Perron - World War II

Pilot Officer Allan Frank McNally - World War II

The information that we have on the seven young men was gleaned mainly from the Book of Remembrances located in Ottawa, some personal recollections and the historical record. Any additional information on these lads would help to 'flesh out' their biography and provide us with additional appreciation on their experiences; what their sacrifice entailed. Equally important is knowing the identity of other local residents who shared similar risk when they enlisted in the military and were fortunate enough to return home after the conflict. Their participation should not be forgotten.

During the past one hundred years since the Hamlet of Minaki was officially identified as a community on plan M222, "cottagers" played an important role in the development of Minaki. Many identify our community as their 'real home' even though they make their living elsewhere. Lasting friendships have been formed that create an emotional bond more important than four season habitation. They have earned a place in the heart of Minaki.

Redditt has always been a sister community to Minaki. Since their formations over a hundred years ago the few miles of separation have not prevented the young people in both communities from social interaction by visits, sports and dances and in some cases, marriage. As well there have been decades when members of the same families i.e., McNally, Perron and Rheault resided in both communities. The community of Redditt has always honoured the closeness of our communities every November eleventh by identifying our boys from Minaki in their Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Please forward any information to Bob McNally by phone, snail mail or e-mail:
Home: 807-547-2781     Work: 807-468-2991
Mail: Site 8 Box 37, Keewatin, ON  P0X 1C0
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