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Two more of our local boys returned from overseas on Saturday— Sgt. Ranald [Ronald] Barkwell, who has seen action in Italy, Holland and Ger¬many, and Pte. Jim DeFinney, who fought in Belgium, Holland and Germany. Ronald went over with the 45th and has spent about four and one-half years overseas. Jim went over about one and a half years ago and received wounds in Holland during the past winter. We understand he has volunteered for the war in the Pacific and has been granted a 30 day leave.
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- Ronald Barkwell of Kinmount Ontario, enlisted in the Canadian Army during the third month of the war (1939). He joined the 45th Battery as a Gunner and received promotions to Bombardier and Sergeant before leaving Canada in November 1941. Sgt. Barkwell went through a long and arduous training period in Southern England. Tired of the inactivity, he asked to be allowed to go to Italy and after several delays left England at the end of February 1944.
Sgt. Barkwell is still serving in Italy (September 1945). He was at Ortona and has seen some heavy artillery action. Several attempts to relegate Sgt. Barkwell to an instructing post have been unsuccessful as he means to serve in the front lines – his age (36 years) may prevent him from serving in the field much longer – September 1944.
Sgt. Barkwell transferred to the 7th Field Regiment, 8the Field Rgt. And 17th Field Rgt.
Sgt. Barkwell arrived home on 12 July 1945. He was given his discharge on 2 October 1945.
Sgt. Barkwell whose home address is Haliburton was prior to the war engaged in the grocery business.
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- Ronald Barkwell ; Jim Definney
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