World War One

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...

Lest We Forget - Winrey Moore Calhoun - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today - 08.08.1918

Lest We Forget - Winrey Moore Calhoun - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today - 08.08.1918

Winrey Moore Calhoun, 709272, was from  Lower Cape, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born October 10, 1883. He was the son of Mrs. Caroline Calhoun, Cape Station, Albert County, NB

ARE YOU OUR NEXT JR. HISTORIAN?

The Albert County Museum is looking for a Senior High School or University Student who has a passion for history, to play a key roll at the Museum this summer as our Jr. Historian. This position is bilingual and the candidate must apply through Young Canada Works at: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works.html  

In addition, you can also send your resume to d.ross@albertcountymuseum.com 

About the position: This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to be a vital part of the Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Commemorative Centre. To help manage its artifact collection, offer educational outreach and be part of a dedicated interpretive staff in telling the story of the People of the Tides and showcasing Albert County's native son, Hon. RB Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada.

The candidate will directly help the Manager with the day to day museum functions, and assist in the development of interpretive programming and exhibits. Strong organizational, supervisory, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are mandatory, as well as strong social media skills, and speaking before small and large groups. Bilingualism is expected.

This will be an excellent opportunity for a potential candidate to build a strong skill set in all fields of museum and curatorial aspects for a career in museum/heritage and related fields. The Albert County Museum has a wide focus of history which encompasses exhibits from first nations, to the earliest Acadian Settlers in 1699, the Expulsion, through the height of the maritime shipbuilding, Confederation, to both World Wars, and later. The museum also celebrates Canada's 11th Prime Minister RB Bennett which lends itself to an excellent opportunity for a candidate with more political leanings. Visit www.albertcountymuseum.com 

Today is the 98th Anniversary of the Hopewell Vimy Gun Arriving in Hopewell Cape - May 28, 1920

Today is the 98th Anniversary of the Hopewell Vimy Gun Arriving in Hopewell Cape - May 28, 1920

98 years ago today, May 28, 1920  the Hopewell Cape Vimy Gun arrived at Cape Station and was towed to Hopewell Cape. You can learn about the exciting story, from it's capture at Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917 to it's arrival in Hopewell Cape at the County of Heroes-Cyrus Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons Exhibit.  The exhibit opened at the Albert County Museum on May 19th.

County of Heroes Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 19th - See you there!

County of Heroes Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 19th - See you there!

On Saturday, May 19, County of Heroes-Cyrus Peck, VC and the Victory Cannon opens at the Albert County Museum in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick. The exhibit highlights the life of Albert County born, Colonel Cyrus Peck, VC, DSO (1871-1956) who won the Victoria Cross on September 2, 1918 during the Second Battle of Arras. In addition, the exhibit tells the exciting story of the capture of the Vimy Gun, from its use on the battlefield to its final resting place in Hopewell Cape Square. Housed in a stylized First World War trench, complete with sandbags, and rusted corrugated steel, the exhibit creates a life-like setting for both parts of the exhibit.

Lest We Forget - Winston Churchill DeMille - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 05.04.1918

Lest We Forget - Winston Churchill DeMille - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 05.04.1918

Winston Churchill DeMille, 69937, was from  Anagance, Kings County, New Brunswick and was born April 24, 1898 at Anagance, New Brunswick. He was Son of Son of J. William De Mille and Mary De Mille, of Albert Co., New Brunswick.