‘Truly good native provenance’: Goodwill Niagara donates navy historic previous devices to Niagara Military Museum

Bob Romeo, director of promoting at Goodwill Niagara, left, and Jim Doherty, president of the Niagara Military Museum, with one in all many donated photos.

One explicit individual’s trash is one different explicit individual’s treasure.

Usually that ‘treasure’ moreover had native significance.

At Goodwill Niagara they receive loads of donations, nonetheless some stand out better than others — they’re historic artifacts.

Bob Romeo, director of promoting at Goodwill Niagara, talked about that they’d “a service medal, basic navy pictures and two navy stretchers” they wished to donate to a museum to be preserved.

Romeo talked about workers at Goodwill are expert to find out devices that may have historic significance.

This isn’t the first donation of its type they’ve made. In 2019 they donated a suitcase belonging to a Frank Campbell and contained 1000’s of photos, alongside a scattering of notes. Quite a few the pictures looked to be typed first drafts of official communication paperwork, as that they’d large sections scratched out with pen and rewritten.

Campbell was an officer stationed with the Worldwide Payment of Administration and Supervision Vietnam (usually generally known as the ICCS throughout the navy) which was a four-country operation set as a lot as negotiate and implement a ceasefire between North and South Vietnam. The ICCS was designed to include two communist nations, Hungary and Poland, and two non-communist nations, Canada and Indonesia.

Jim Doherty, president of the Niagara Military Museum, talked about one in all many photos reveals the 157th Overseas Battalion at Camp Borden on Oct. 2, 1916.

Doherty outlined how the unit, acknowledged proper now was the Gray and Simcoe Foresters, helped to assemble Camp Borden.

“They roughly cleared the pine bushes, constructed the roads and points like that, on account of the camp was largely a tent camp with only some eternal buildings for the time being,” talked about Doherty.

He talked about on account of they know the origin of the merchandise, on this case Camp Borden and the unit, they plan to ship the {{photograph}} to them.

“If it was at a camp in Niagara, we’d ponder conserving it,” he outlined. “It’s a probability to ship it home.”

One in every of many photos does have a neighborhood Niagara connection Doherty is quick to stage out.

“I’m pretty certain that there’s a man by the title of Len Hodges on this picture,” he talked about,

Hodges, who handed away in 2020, received right here to St. Catharines in 1941 beneath the British Commonwealth Air Teaching Program to check to fly, then to alter right into a heavy bomber pilot. He was posted to RAF 292 Squadron and served in combat from a base throughout the Indian Ocean.

On the end of the battle, Hodges returned to St. Catharines, married, and labored for Lightning Fastener as a instrument maker.

“This has obtained truly good native provenance,” Doherty talked about.

On the once more of the image is quite a lot of signatures as properly, though he notes there are fewer signatures that folk throughout the image.

He talked about the plan was to take the pictures and scan them sooner than doing extra evaluation.

It may be essential for future generations are “ready to try these items reasonably than hear about it,” talked about Doherty.

He talked about one in all many photos depicts HMCS Hamilton, one in all many distinctive lend lease destroyers.

“We obtained 50 of them from the US at first of the battle,” talked about Doherty.

For additional data on the Niagara Military Museum go to their site at www.nmm.life/index.htm.

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