March 25, 1942 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.
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. August 21, 1945 DR. AND MRS. W. R. CROWE SAFE IN DOMINION AGAIN
Friends of Dr. and Mrs. W. R. Crowe, for 17 years prior to the war residents of Minden, Ont., will no doubt be pleased to learn that they are now both safely home in the Dominion and already have visited their former home town.
Dr. Crowe, it will be recalled, was taken prisoner in the Battle for Crete, while Mrs. Crowe was connected with Beaver Lodge in London during several war years.
Both are reported to be in excellent health.