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Sgt. R. Barkwell Home after four years service
Kinmount and district was delighted to welcome home a local man who has been absent since 1941 on active service.
Ronald Barkwell, at the call to arms, joined the 45th Battery at Lindsay, in the fall of 1939. From there he went to Petawawa, and to Tracadie, New Brunswick, rising to the rank of gun sergeant.
Going overseas in the fall of 1941, he spend over two years in England. Growing impatient at the inactivity, he left his unit and went to Italy where he joinged the 17th Field Regiment in the 5th Armored Division of Montgomery’s 8th Army.
From that time on, Sgt. Barkwell saw much stirring action, seeing the breaking of the Gustaff [Gustav] and Hitler lines and moving with his unit from Ortona as far north as the Brenner Pass.
With his Canadian compatriots he was moved to Belgium in March of this year , immediately getting into close contact with the enemy as his unit moved toward the North Sea to seize the launching sites for the V-2 bombs.
After V-E Day, Sgt. Barkwell had charge of the searching of the returning Germans in his sector. Over 70,000 Germans were searched there before returning to their homeland.
Ronald is now on 30 days leave visiting with his mother, Mrs. Jack Barkwell, of Kinmount, and with his wife, formerly Margaret Hannah, of Haliburton.
Sgt. Barkwell had the misfortune to lose his father while he was in England. His brother Orval is still overseas with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.
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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.
- Date of Publication:
- 24 Jul 1945
- Personal Name(s):
- Jack Barkwell ; Ronald Barkwell ; Orval Barkwell
- World War II Service Files
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