Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive
Pages 199-200: Crimmons, Earl
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October 2, 1944
French Give Rousing Welcome To Invaders With Few Exceptions

Some French Retain Neutral Attitude Until Sure German’s Gone
The following excerpts from a letter received by Mr. P. W. Hancock, Elgin Street, Lindsay, from Sgt. Earl Crimmons, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Crimmons, John Street, town, gives a vivid description of the reception accorded Canadian troops as they continue routing Jerry out of France.

France, Sept. 16, 1944

  As you can see by the papers the Canucks are kept real busy and are covering a lot of ground so we don’t have too much time on our hands with which to write letters.  
In my present position, it is not too bad and with the exception of a few shells coming over every little while, it is pretty quiet.
  We have had a few prisoners straggle in each morning and they seem very glad to get out of the fight. I sometimes wish I could get sent back with them as it would be a real treat to get undressed and sleep in a real bed of some kind again.
  Up until now the French have given us a real welcome and many a bottle has been dug up as we came through. Some of it is rare stuff. This is especially true in a newly liberated town where they climb up on our tanks and ply us with all sorts of things.
  In this particular section, they are quite hostile and we have to watch them as well as Jerry. However in a few days the latter should get enough and the natives’ attitude towards us will change. I think they are afraid he will chase us back and it wouldn’t be healthy for them to be too friendly with us.
  I have met a lot of Lindsay boys over here and in one part of France it was like Lindsay Old Home Week. I met two Ebert boys, Ross Miller, Alex McLaren, Rolly Blackburn, Walter Sullivan, Paul Galley, Major Scott, Father McCarney, Bill Baten, and Gordon Robson. It was good to see the boys from home and was just like old times.

  In his closing lines, Sgt. Crimmons asks to be remembered to some of his Lindsay acquaintances who included Bill Jackson, Dave Edwards, Walter Winterbottom and others.
  Another brother, Ab. Crimmons, is also serving in France.

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Genealogical Resource
Item Types
This card is part of a larger collection of World War II personnel clippings. The project began in 1944 at the Lindsay Library. The intent was to gather together as much information as possible on the military record and the service of people from the Town of Lindsay and the County of Victoria (now Kawartha Lakes) who served in the war. To that end, during the years 1944, 1945, and 1946, members of the public donated photographs and updated information about their loved ones. Both library staff and the public saved and donated newspaper clippings. Some of the files contain great amounts of detail, while others have just a name.
Lindsay Post
Date of Publication
2 Oct 1944
Personal Name(s)
Earl Crimmons ; P. W. Hancock ; J. Crimmons ; Ross Miller ; Alex McLaren ; Rolly Blackburn ; Walter Sullivan ; Paul Galley ; Major Scott ; Father McCarney ; Bill Baten ; Gordon Robson ; Bill Jackson ; Dave Edwards ; Walter Winterbottom ; Ab. Crimmons
World War II Service Files
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.3598779618292 Longitude: -78.7316798280335
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Pages 199-200: Crimmons, Earl