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November 21, 1950

A Disastrous Accident 

INTRODUCTION: on the twenty first November 1950, there was a horrible practice accident which occurred throughout the border of B.C. and between Canoe River close to Valemount. The Canadian Nationwide practice was heading west. It is vacation spot was the west coast ports the place the passengers would embark on ships to the Far East. These navy volunteers had been being despatched by the federal government of Canada to participate within the Korean struggle which was supposed to assist the United Nations efforts to quell one other world struggle. 

Photograph Credit score: RCA Museum, Shilo, Manitoba
https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials
There have been two elements at play on this tragedy. One was human error as a consequence of inexperience and admitted carelessness. The opposite was a bit of the railroad that was not but fitted with the newer    ‘computerized block’ alerts.  Due to this fact it was essential to transmit each communique manually. This part of monitor was 180 miles lengthy, with steep mountain grades in each instructions. Almost definitely due to this issue it was one of many final sections to be upgraded.
There was a horrific collision between two trains which ought to by no means have been travelling in the direction of one another on the identical schedule.  Having come from Camp Shilo in Manitoba, the practice carrying the troops chugged it is approach up the grade and the opposite coming from Vancouver heading east was travelling down. They crashed head on, the entrance few vehicles of the troop practice successfully catapulting into the air and crushing the opposite practice beneath it. 
The most important group of fatalities was from the 2nd Royal Canadian Horse Gunners, comprised of 23 officers and 315 troopers. Of these 338 males, 17 misplaced their lives, along with the 4 practice engineers from each trains.  
It was a tough rescue mission with the tracks and surrounding space lined in deep snow and minus temperatures which, blended with the ensuing steam from the engines hindered the retrieval and makes an attempt to uncover the mens’ our bodies. There was a physician on the Vancouver practice, who together with his spouse and two others did their greatest with the few emergency provides that had been out there. (Dr. P.S. Kimmett of Edson, AB and his spouse Jack Cook dinner, C.N.R. regional first support officer from Vancouver and a Mrs. Lennie of Edmonton.) (From Newspapers.com: The Calgary Albertan, 22 Nov 1950, Wed ·Web page 2)  Some studies on-line observe that along with the troop practice there have been non-military passengers concerned on this crash, a lot of whom had been injured. 
See additional alongside for a quick account of the inquest wherein
 one in every of Canada’s prime ministers took an lively half. 
Please observe: I’m not a navy historian or specialist in Railroad historical past, 
I solely needed to carry this occasion to your consideration. 
Listed below are the names of the lads who misplaced their lives. I used the Canadian Authorities’s Veterans Memorial web page in addition to the Family tree search web page of the British Columbia Archives. I restricted the dates within the archive search to 1950 and place of Canoe River which introduced again all of the names. majority of the entries have scanned photographs of the dying certificates.

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial     |    Canoe River – 21st November 1950 – B.C. Archives

2nd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Gunners:

Arden J. ATCHISON – Service Quantity: L-800229
Born: Could 15, 1926 Turtleford, Saskatchewan Died: Nov. 21, 1950 Age: 24
Mother and father: Earl Mackay Atchison and Mrs. Atchison of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan
Spouse: Mrs. Erna Atchison, South Makwa, SK
Burial: Loon River cemetery, SK

Weldon Eugene BARKHOUSE – Service Quantity: F-800304
Born: June 12, 1928 Martin’s Level, Nova Scotia  Died: Nov. 21, 1950  Age: 22
Mother and father: Harold Lemuel Barkhouse and Elsie Mildred Barkhouse of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 
Siblings: Benjamin, Leroy, Gordon, Harold, Floyd, Barbara, Jean and June.
Enlistment: Aug. 16, 1950 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Burial: Wolfville (willow Financial institution ) cemetery Nova Scotia
Norman William CARROLL – Service Quantity: L-800113
Born: [1930] [Saskatchewan]  Died: Nov. 21, 1950  Age: 20
Mother and fatherClive and Carrie Carroll of Pennant, Saskatchewan.
Enlistment: n/a
Burial: Pennant Cemetery, Pennant SK

Frederick William CONWAY – Service Quantity: N-800142
Born: November 4, 1925 Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador Died: Nov. 21, 1950 Age: 25
Mother and father: Valentine and Bridget (née Boggan) Conway of Grand Falls, Newfoundland.
Siblings: Thomas, Henry, William, Mary, Kathleen and Nellie. Brother Sergeant John Charles Conway, died whereas serving with the Royal Artillery
Historical past: Frederick was employed as a labourer, attended Grand Falls Rural Faculty and loved taking part in soccer, softball and baseball. Earlier service with the 166 Newfoundland Discipline Regiment from September 1943 to October 1945.
Enlistment: Aug 22, 1950 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Burial: n/a

Robert Arthur CRAIG – Service Quantity: H-800175
Born: August 28, 1928 Foam Lake, Saskatchewan    Died: Nov. 21, 1950 Age: 22
Mother and father: William and Ethel Craig of Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
Burial: Foam Lake cemetery, SK

Austin Emery. GEORGE – Service Quantity: B-800443
Born: Dec. 4, 1920  White Head, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia Died: Nov. 21, 1950 Age: 29
Mother and father: Levi Matthew and Jeanette (Nettie) (née Munro)  George of Canso, Nova Scotia. 
Siblings:  John Robert, Clarie Munro, Donald Fraser, Mrs. Winnifred Sharpe, Mrs. Muriel L. Cameron.
Burial: Canso Cemetery, Nova Scotia
Gunner George had earlier Second World Battle service. He was demobilized on 20 October 1945. In late 1949, he returned to Toronto the place he stayed till enlistment.
Urbain Joseph LEVESQUE – Service Quantity: C-850098
Born: June 8, 1920 Ottawa, Ontario    Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 30
Mother and fatherAnthine and Noella Lévesque of Ottawa, Ontario. 
SiblingsAnthine, Ivan, Nelson, Mrs. O. McGregor and Mrs. L. Paton
Burial: not said
In civilian life, Gunner Levesque was employed as a pipe layer with McLaughlin Brothers.
Enlistment: June 13, 1941 Ottawa, Ontario
Robert William MANLEY  – Service Quantity:  B-801941
Born:  Could 5 1931 Niagara Falls, Ontario    Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 19
Mother and father: William G. and Beatrice Maude (nee Robust)  of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Siblings: Arthur George, Ralph Harold, Russell John and Jean Isabel.  
Burial:  Lundy Lane Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Enlistment: August 23, 1950  Toronto, Ontario
Basil Patrick McKEOWN– Service Quantity: C-800081
Born:  April 2, 1931 Moscow, Ontario    Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 19
Mother and father: Anthony and Stella Loretta McKeown of Moscow, Ontario.
Siblings: Gervase Anthony, James Joseph, Gerald Larkin, Benedict Ignatius, Cyril Frances, William Paul, Mary Estella and Margaret Elizabeth.
Burial: St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Camden, Ontario 
Enlistment: not said
Albert William ORR – Service Quantity: D-800444
Born:  Feb. 15, 1920 Calgary, Alberta   Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age:  30
Mother and father:  Joshua and Jean Isabel (nee McLeish) Orr of Calgary, Alberta
Siblings: Roy Gordon and Kathleen Elizabeth 
Burial:  not said
Enlistment:  not said
David OWENS  – Service Quantity: 
Born: Mar. 13, 1931 Winnipeg, Manitoba  Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 19
Mother and father
Sibling: Evan John Owens 
Burial: St. George’s Cemetery, Granby, Quebec 
Enlistment: August 17, 1950
Leslie Albert SNOW – Service Quantity: N-800061
Born:  Sep. 15, 1924 St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador    Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 26 
Mother and father:  Andrew Gordon and the late Maude Snow of St. John’s Newfoundland.  
Siblings: Gordon, Edward William, Stanley, Mrs. Florrie Elliott Garland and Mrs. Mary Rosa Conway.
Burial:  Church of England Cemetery, St. John’s Newfoundland
Enlistment:  August 16, 1950 
Albert George STROUDK – Service Quantity: B-800515
Born:  Aug. 5, 1928     Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 22
Mother and father: Albert Edward and Annie (Feltham) Stroud of Howley, Newfoundland. 
Siblings: Richard, Edward, Edgar,Robert, Walter, Paul, Mary, Annie, Marion, Grecia and Lillian.
Burial: Church of England Cemetery, St. John’s Newfoundland
Enlistment: August 13, 1950  Toronto, Ontario
Joseph THISTLE – Service Quantity: N-800193
Born:  Aug. 20, 1905   Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age:  45
Mother and father: Joseph and Rachel Thistle (deceased)
Siblings:  Chesley, Gordon, Glen and Doris.
Spouse: Ina (nee Bailey) Thistle of Conception Bay, Newfoundland
Kids: Twin daughters, Doreen and Eileen and Anthony, his son born after his father’s dying.
Burial: Cupids United Church Cemetery, St. John’s Newfoundland
Enlistment:  Church of England Cemetery, St. John’s Newfoundland
James Milo WENKERT – Service Quantity: G-800131
Born:  Oct. 21, 1928    Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age:  22
Mother and father: Milo and Mary Wenkert of Cowansville, Quebec
Siblings: Thomas Wenkert 
Burial: Beechmount Troopers Plot, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Enlistment: Aug. 14, 1950  Fredericton, New Brunswick

James Joseph WHITE – Service Quantity: N-800009
Born:  Could 11, 1927  Nook Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador   Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 23 
Mother and father:  Joseph S. and Agnes (nee O’Leary) White of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland 
Spouse:  Florence
Kids: Robert Joseph
Burial:  Fox Harbour cemetery, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland
Enlistment: Aug. 11, 1950 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
William David WRIGHT – Service Quantity: H-800196
Born: Sept. 5, 1930 Neepawa, Manitoba     Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 20
Mother and father: John H. and Leatha Chook (nee Jarvis) Wright of Neepawa, Manitoba
Siblings: Herbert Alvin, Arthur John, Earl Jarvis, Mabel Reta, Mrs. Gracie Sage and Mrs. Eva Robinson
Burial: Neepawa (Riverside) Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. 
Enlistment:  Aug. 16, 1950 Winnipeg, Manitoba

    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILROAD TRAIN CREW:

    Harvey CHURCH, Engineer
    Born: Jan. 22, 1901  Died: Nov. 21, 1950 Age: 49
    Mother and fatherJoseph Alexander Church and Minnie Edith (nee Orr)
    Spouse: Jenny Could Emery
    Burial: Jasper Cemetery, Jasper, Alberta

    Adam OLESCHUK, Fireman
    Born: Dec. 23, 1911   Alberta Died: Nov. 21, 1950 Age: 38
    Mother and father
    Spouse: Mrs. Ann Oleschuk
    Burial: Transcona Cemetery, Springfield, Manitoba 

    Hank PROSINUK (newspaper provides his identify as Prosinukuk) 

    Henry PROSKUNIK, Fireman
    Born: 9 Oct 1914 Chipman, Alberta   Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 36
    Mother and father: Nick Proskunik and Earl Mackay Atchison and Mrs. Atchison of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan
    Spouse: Dorthia Melnychuk (divorced)
    Burial: Edmonton Catholic Cemetery, Edmonton, Alberta
    https://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/4de2c0fd-00cf-4ef7-93ab-5e6e6df22d8a

    John James ‘Jack’ STINSON, Engineer
    Born:  June 28, 1886  Morden, Manitoba    Died: Nov. 21, 1950   Age: 64
    Mother and father: Alexander Stinson and Christiana McLennan
    Spouse: Mrs. Jean  Wilma Stinson  (Younger)
    Burial
    Jasper Cemetery, Jasper, Alberta

     The place are the household tales of those males?

    THE INQUIRY opened in Edmonton Court docket Home earlier than Mr. Justice M.B. Archibald, chief commissioner, Armand Sylvestre, deputy chief commissioner and F.M. McPherson, commissioner.

    Excerpts: 

    The Province, 11 Dec. 1950 :  
            “On Could 9, 1951, a manslaughter trial opened in Prince George, British Columbia. There, a 22-year-old CNR telegrapher named Alfred Atherton was accused of inflicting the wreck as a result of he had allegedly despatched an incomplete message to the westbound practice. John Diefenbaker (who went on to be the thirteenth Canadian prime minister) was Atherton’s lawyer.  Please see the article for an fascinating connection between the Diefenbakers and the Atherton household. 

            The Province (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) [Board of Transport commissioners] 12 Dec 1950, Tue.  web page 23 <accessed: Newspapers.com 12 Oct 2022>   

    The Edmonton Bulletin Tues. Dec. 12, 1950 – protection of the inquiry:  Youth Accepts Blame in Canoe River Wreck : Operator Ignored Guidelines of Railroad. 
    “A 22-year previous railway telegraph operator admitted at this time his failure to adjust to railway rules on transmission of practice orders resulted within the Canoe River practice wreck on Nov. 21. Testifying beneath safety of a federal board of transport commissioners’ inquiry courtroom right here, Alfred John Atherton, Purple Move Junction operator, mentioned he had not paid a lot consideration when a Blue River operator repeated practice order 248 which each obtained from a Kamloops dispatcher.”
    <accessed: Newspapers.com 2 Sep 2023>   
    Fairly a radical protection of the story by way of Group Tales.ca

    ALFRED JOHN ATHERTON – To leap to the conclusion of the story, Alfred lived an extended and considerably completely happy life. On Alfred’s memorial web page on Discover a Grave, Dolena Isabel Talbot of Winnipeg is confirmed as his spouse. 
    Additionally see their wedding ceremony discover on Newspapers.com – Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 28 Could 1957 web page 8 .  <accessed: 2 Sep 2023> 
    ACCOUNTS of the Accident – 

    Craig Baird’s article in regards to the Canoe River Catastrophe is excellent – features a podcast
    A private account – by Cpl. L. Eadie –
    (Notice: there are extra private accounts in Newspapers.com)
    Head-On: British Columbia’s Deadliest Railway Accident by Mark Wilson marketed on the Friesen Press Publishing web page. (Altona, Manitoba)

    Legion Journal (on-line) – On This Date – a listing of necessary navy occasions in November

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