Veteran Stories:
Frank Strange

Army

  • Frank Strange's family received this commemorative medallion after his death overseas. The medallion reads: He Died For Freedom and Honour." Collection courtesy of Bill and Nadene Strange.

    Frank Strange's family received this commemorative medallion after his death overseas. The medallion reads: He Died For Freedom and Honour." Collection courtesy of Bill and Nadene Strange.
  • This note from King George V came with the memorial medallion. Frank Strange died on January 6, 1915 at the age of 50 of menengitis.

    This note from King George V came with the memorial medallion. Frank Strange died on January 6, 1915 at the age of 50 of menengitis.
  • Letter that came with the service medals for Frank Strange's family. Edward Morrison, Major-General and Adjutant-General of the Canadian Militia, was responsible for sending out these memorial medals.

    Letter that came with the service medals for Frank Strange's family. Edward Morrison, Major-General and Adjutant-General of the Canadian Militia, was responsible for sending out these memorial medals.
  • Card that went along with Frank Strange's Silver Cross medal.

    Card that went along with Frank Strange's Silver Cross medal.
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My name is Bill Strange. I live in Kingston, Ontario. My mother's maiden name was Eleanor Snelgrove, and she lived with her family in Toronto. She had two older brothers who served in the Great War, 1914 to 1918.

One brother, Charles Reginald Snelgrove, went overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was stationed in Siberia. We have a lovely photograph of him wearing his heavy fur cap and fur-collared jacket – I assume part of the uniform that he wore in Siberia.

The other brother, John Cecil Snelgrove, served with the 75th Battalion – a Toronto battalion, I believe – and he served in Europe. He sent home to his mother in a letter one time (I'm not sure of the year) a poppy that he had picked on a field. He said, "I can't believe that this is growing where there are so many shell holes, and I didn't know what to do with it so I'm putting it in a letter and sending it to you."

These were my two uncles on my mother's side, neither of whom did I know. One died before I was born, and the other one just after I was born.

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