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Crowe, W.

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Dr. Crowe, Commando
When Captured at Crete

Letter from popular Minden doctor received by L.M. Frost, M.P.P.—Recent letter returned undelivered

Orangeville, March 28.—Captain Wilfred Crowe, mentioned as a prisoner of war by the Department of National War Services last Friday in a statement asking for particulars regarding his next of kin, is a former Organgeville boy, Wilfred Raymond Crowe, whose mother still resides here.

He was born in Orangeville forty-eight years ago next month and graduated in medicine from Queen’s University, Kingston, in 1923. Later that year he married an Orangeville girl, Ruth Shaw, a graduate nurse, and he started practicing in Minden, Ont. Shortly after the outbreak of war, Dr. and Mrs. Crowe went to England and he was given a commission in the R.A.M.C. while Mrs. Crowe joined the staff of the Beaver Club in London.

He left his base in Scotland Jan. 1, 1940 for the Near East and arrived there after a voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. He was posted to a commando unit soon after his arrival and went with that unit to Crete, where he was captured on July 1. His mother was informed by his wife that he was a prisoner, but as yet it is not known locally whether he is a prisoner in a camp in Germany or Austria. His mother has written a number of letters to him but has not received a reply.

His brother, Neill, who is also a resident of Orangeville, was recently called up for service at one of the army training centres.

Card Received

The following card received by Mr. L.M. Frost, K.C., M.L.A., of town, from Dr. W.R. Crowe, formerly well-known medical practioner of Minden, who went overseas and was taken prisoner by the Germans at Crete in May, 1941:


Dear Les: Ruth tells me she has heard from you and all is well. Everything here is going on O.K. No complaints. Red Cross are doing us proud. No Canadian mail as yet, but should be soon. Regards to Cecil and the better halves.

Ruth above refers to Dr. Crowe’s wife who is doing active service at the Beaver Club in London, England. A letter written by Mr. Frost to Dr. Crowe on Feb. 21st, 1941, was returned to him Monday as undelivered mail.

Media Type:
Genealogical Resource
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Date of Publication:
25 Mar 1942
Personal Name(s):
Wilfred Crowe ; Ruth Crowe
World War II Service Files
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.00012 Longitude: -78.66627
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Crowe, W.