World War I letter written by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright on November 11, 1918

World War I letter written by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright on November 11, 1918

“Just a few lines today to let you know that we are both well and that the war is at last over, so you will not need to worry anymore.” lines written by Hugh Wright in a letter home, November 11, 1918. Read the whole story here.

Did you know that 4 of our Fighting Men from the First World War are buried here in Albert County?

Did you know that 4 of our Fighting Men from the First World War are buried here in Albert County?

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, and we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. You may wish to take the time to visit the grave sites of four of our fighting men who are buried here in Albert County.

Lest We Forget - CARL CLINTON IRVING - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 21.10.1918

Lest We Forget - CARL CLINTON IRVING - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 21.10.1918

Carl Clinton Irving, 4062755, was from  Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born April 15, 1896 at Hillsborough, New Brunswick. .

Lest We Forget - Royden Edmund Steeves - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 12.10.1918

Lest We Forget - Royden Edmund Steeves  - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 12.10.1918

Royden Edmund Steeves, 2704341, was from  Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born January 18, 1891 at HIllsborough, New Brunswick.

Lest We Forget - Joseph Emerson Smith - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago - TODAY - 10.07.1918

Lest We Forget - Joseph Emerson Smith - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago - TODAY - 10.07.1918

Joseph Emerson Smith  ,709142 was from Hopewell Cape, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born November 14, 1897. He was the son of Robert C. Smith Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick. . Read More...

Lest We Forget - Albert David Rossiter - Killed in Action 102 Years Ago - TODAY - 09.16.1916

Lest We Forget - Albert David Rossiter - Killed in Action 102 Years Ago - TODAY - 09.16.1916

Albert David Rossiter, 445546 was from Alma, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born December 6, 1893. He was the Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rossiter of Pointe Wolf, New Brunswick. More...

Harold George Joyce's Return to Hopewell Cape Continues.

On May 19th, 2018 the exhibit “County of Heroes” opened to the public at our Albert County Museum. The event was well received and was covered by media outlets.

About a month later I received a call from a very pleasant lady from Ontario informing me that she was a descendant of Pte. Joyce. She went on to tell me she saw a television report about the County of Heroes and realized that she had some personal belongings of Pte. Joyce that she received from her great uncle. She graciously donated them to the museum and I received them a few weeks later.

As I was examining the many letters and artifacts, I came upon a very touching letter from Joyce’s commanding officer informing her of how her son died in battle on August 28, 1918. I almost fell off my chair when I realized that the 100th anniversary of Harold George Joyce paying the ultimate sacrifice for his country was only a few days away. So I issued a press release and, in a very short period of time, received a call from CBC television and radio. The CBC did a very nice tribute to a Pte. Joyce and treated the story with the compassion and dignity of the return, if only of possessions, of a native of New Brunswick and a son of Albert County.

But Harold’s story continues. Last week I received a visit from 10 of Harold Joyce’s decedents who live throughout the province. All converging unannounced to observe first hand the memorabilia that was now in the museum’s possession. I was honoured to unveil the artifacts and it was a very heartfelt emotional time when I read the letter that Harold’s mother received over 100 years ago. They all received a tour of the County of Heroes exhibit and they were very thankful that the Albert County Historical Society took on the challenge of building such a memorial to the fallen sons of Albert County. The only part that was of concern was the picture we have of Harold; that it is not of very good quality. I explained that during the days leading up to the opening of the exhibit, we were missing 6 pictures. Pte. Joyce being one of them. And how, on the day before we opened to the public, we found the picture that is on display, by chance, on the internet. Mrs. Carol Plume of Petitcodiac made the comment “We’ll have to do something about that.”

So yesterday I received a package in the mail, with Mrs. Plume’s return address on it. And sure enough, as I opened it Pte. Harold George Joyce jumped out to see me again. Once again I was privileged to look through pictures, his battalion badges and even a small arms ammunition belt. And two proud pictures, one as a civilian and one in full military dress with rifle. And again, I was thankful for the sacrifice of Pte. Joyce and all who fell with him over 100 years ago. Even more, I’m amazed at the the kindness of strangers and the in awe of the close ties of Harold’s family. And, of course, bewildered that Pte. Harold George Joyce, who was killed in action just over 100 years ago; Pte. Joyce who has no official burial site in France; that somehow, Harold Joyce has returned to his home in Hopewell Cape, NB.

Lest We Forget - Asa Gilbert Prosser - Died of Wounds 100 Years Ago Today - 09.10.1918

Lest We Forget - Asa Gilbert Prosser - Died of Wounds 100 Years Ago Today - 09.10.1918

Asa Gilbert Prosser, 709501, was from  Prosser Brook, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born April 22, 1892 at Prosser Brook, Albert County, New Brunswick. He was Son of Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Prosser, of Riverside, Albert Co., New Brunswick

Lest We Forget - Harold George Joyce - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago - TODAY - 08.28.1918

Lest We Forget - Harold George Joyce - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago - TODAY - 08.28.1918

Harold George Joyce  ,709283 was from Hopewell Cape, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born September 4, 1897. He was the son of John E. and May Joyce, of Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick. Read More...

Lest We Forget - James Bansford Doherty - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago 08.08.1918

Lest We Forget - James Bansford Doherty - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago  08.08.1918

James Bansford Doherty , 818136 was from Harvey, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born July 10, 1894. He was the son of William H. Doherty, of Harvey, New Brunswick. Read More...

Lest We Forget - Clarke Foster Colpitts - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago 08.08.1918

Lest We Forget - Clarke Foster Colpitts - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago  08.08.1918

Clark Foster Colpitts ,743119 was from Alma, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born September 1, 1899. He was the son of Thomas E. and Clara A. Colpitts, of Alma, New Brunswick. He enlisted with the 115th Battalion CEF on April 6, 1916 Read More...

Lest We Forget - John (Jack) Allison Dawson - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago - Today - 08.08.1918

Lest We Forget - John (Jack) Allison Dawson - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago - Today - 08.08.1918

John (Jack) Allison Dawson , 06990 was from Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born December 14, 1894. Read More...