Rebecca

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  1. That does make sense Peter. Jim came to Canada in 1912, I'm assuming after his mother died that same year. He was still young enough to have some growing left. The Olde's were farmers in Cornwall, but there just wasn't enough land for everyone which is why Jim's Uncle Tom (my Great Great Grandfather) decided to try his luck on this side of the Pond. They may have eaten better than their urban countrymen, but probably were not quite as well off as their Canadian cousins. Things were of course extremely difficult for Tom when he first arrived and there are stories of very lean times, but by 1912 the family was certainly still working hard, but eating proper meals. Knowing the farm that Jim worked on over here I can see how he would have put on muscle -- it's rich, heavy soil and not at all easy to work.
  2. Hello again, I thought I would pass along that in the past few days Jim's military record was posted on the Archives' website. Unfortunately the forum won't let me share the file here, but it is easy to find or I can email it if you want. I glanced through his record, but will read it more in depth in a couple of days. Most surprising to me so far is how short he was compared to his Canadian cousins
  3. Peter was able to provide us with lots of really helpful information. I've thanked him in email, but would like to publicly acknowledge my appreciation for his time and effort.
  4. Thank you Peter, I actually had just checked on the progress the Archilves were making last week. I was hoping they'd get to him before the 100th anniversary of Vimy, but I know they'll get to him eventually. My aunt went to France last year and visited his grave so that was nice. Some day I'll make it there myself! Thank you for your reply, I will be keeping an eye on the Archives. Rebecca
  5. Yeah, we're a little protective of Vimy. That being said, I would have probably been looking for a way in too! I understand what you mean about ownership of medals, my husband's UN medals and CD are an incredible accomplishment that I'm very proud of him for earning and some day I will look after them, but they will never be mine. I am very glad to hear that Jim's medal has landed in the hands of someone like you who is taking such good care of it and who thinks of him and all of the WW I casualties.
  6. I saw your post about James Olde and had to sign up to reply. First let me thank you for posting the photo of Jim's Victory Medal. I didn't know it still exsisted! I am a distant cousin of his and still live in the area where he lived when he came to Canada. I have heard bits about Jim over the years, but it has really been in more recent years that WW I info has become easier to find. Vimy Ridge is looked upon as a defining battle for Canada and my Aunt and I have been trying to gather info in the hopes of putting something together about him. I think that you would probably already have the info about Jim from Veteran's Affairs, but I'll attach a newspaper clipping that you might not have (sorry about the quality of the scan) and a photo of his grave :