January 8, 1943 Fenelon Airman Becomes An Instructor In N.B.
Fenelon Falls, Jan. 6 (PNS) – Following nine days’ leave at his home, Flt.-Sgt. Herbert Burley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Burley, left Fenelon Falls last day of the old year to assume duties as an instructor in the R.C.A.F. at N.B.
Herb was rather serious at the weekend. Home leaving is not home coming for the gallant men of the armed forces of Canada. He expressed desire that he would have the opportunity to fly over western as well as eastern Canada. He was an arrival of the ship, Queen Elizabeth, just before Christmas. June 26, 1945 Writes Boy’s Mother Own Sentiments
The following letter to Mrs. Geo. Burley of Fenelon Falls, speaks for itself and its sentiments will be echoed by who knew the late W.O. Herbert Burley.
Dear Mrs. Burley: -
Today, when Montreal was going crazy with delight at the news of the official end of the war, somehow or other I could not enter into the spirit of things.
The picture of the four other men with whom I joined my first squadron kept flashing through my mind: Pete Burley, Bud Hambly,
Bradshaw, and Harold Bumstead, four of the grandest chaps one could ever hope to meet.
These men, and all the others who like them, made the supreme sacrifice are the ones to whom the world is indebted.
May your sorrow be tempered by the pride you have a right to feel in this hour of victory.
My deed sympathy goes out to you tonight.