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    Default Canadians - Lemerick or Lemmerick

    TSGNO - page 420:

    F/O George Earl LEMERICK - J/23462 - age 21 - from Winnipeg, Manitoba - 419 Sqn - killed 29-1-1944.
    Sgt John Albert LEMMERICK - R/123711 - age 22 - from Hillside Beach, Manitoba - 14 (P)AFU - killed 8-4-1943.

    Both also listed same way on the Roll of Honour Veteran Affairs Canada.

    CWGC and CVWM have them as LEMMERICK - being brothers - sons of George and Letha LEMMERICK of Graverse Bay, Manitoba.

    What is correct ?

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    G'day Henk

    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/content/collections/virtualmem/photoview.cfm?casualty=2922155&photo=35588

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/certificate.aspx?casualty=2201880

    Cheers...Chris

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    G'day Henk

    I found the following in a 1943 Toronto newspaper archive entitled 'Air Casualties'.

    Lemmerick, John Albert, Sgt. Killed on active service overseas. Mrs. George Lemmerick (mother), Hillside Beach, Man.

    Cheers...Chris

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    The CWGC entry is from both the RCAF records and, where additional information is provided, from the Family Verification Form completed by the family.
    As their CWGC entries contain additional information, this must have come from the family and I would therefore regard as accurate. They would certainly ensure that the family surname was correct!
    They give John's age, but as his brother had his fathers name, I would assume that George was the elder. "Earl" might be his mothers surname.

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    Henk,

    RCAF casualty list entries for FO George Earle LEMERICK (Halifax) and Sgt John Albert LEMMERICK (Hillside Beach Manitoba) Toronto Globe & Mail.

    FO George Earle LEMERICK
    List 826, 9 March 1944, Missing After Air Operations;
    List 968, 22 August 1944, Previously Reported Missing, Now Officially Presumed Dead.

    Sgt John Albert LEMMERICK
    List 550, 15 April 1943, KOAS.

    Greetings from a rainy Ottawa, where we did not have a single flake of snow during the entire month of March or until this date in April. Probably not your experience when you lived here!!

    Cheers, Ken
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 16th April 2010 at 22:25.

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    Thanks friends.
    Does this mean that they were NOT brothers ? TSGNO doesn't mention they were, and their names indeed spelled as Lemerick and Lemmerick. CWGC - and also the Canadian Virtual War Memorial [an extract from the CWGC-files] however has both as Lemmerick and being brothers !

    Assume that CWGC (and CVWM) incorrect ?

    Only way correct spelled are the (wonderful created pages) of the RoH Canadian Veterans Affairs.

    Indeed Ken, I remember a year that the Ottawa River still was frozen in April.

    Regards,
    Henk.

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    CWGC emtry links them as brothers (or two families with same parents names in same place!)
    As said previously, the additional information on CWGC entries is supplied by the Next of Kin and presumably they know who they are!

    Name: LEMMERICK, JOHN ALBERT
    Initials: J A
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 08/04/1943
    Service No: R/123711
    Additional information: Son of George and Leta Lemmerick, of Graverse Bay, Manitoba, Canada. His brother, George Earl Lemmerick, also died on service.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Compt. 16. Grave 37.
    Cemetery: COTTESMORE (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

    Name: LEMMERICK, GEORGE EARL
    Initials: G E
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flying Officer (Air Bomber)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 419 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 29/01/1944
    Service No: J/23462
    Additional information: Son of George and Leta Lemmerick, of Graverse Bay, Manitoba, Canada. His brother John Albert also died on service.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 9. G. 6.
    Cemetery: BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY

    The Hillside Beach, Manitoba address could have been where they had moved to (or from).
    Edit: Just to add confusion, there is NO Graverse Bay. Just the other side of the peninsula from Hillside Beach into Lake Winnipeg, is Traverse Bay. So, if there is one transcription error in CWGC, who knows if others?
    Last edited by KevinW4; 17th April 2010 at 15:00.

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    Thanks Kevin; will keep it in my files like listed by the CWGC/CVWM.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    While there is no Graverse Bay in Manitoba, there certainly is a Traverse Bay:

    http://www.eastern-beaches.mb.ca/the-beaches/traverse-bay.html

    which happens to be about a 10 minute drive from Hillside Beach.

    Manitoba has a rather large population of Germanic descent. One of the common surnames in the area is Lemmerich.

    This would not be the first time that a Canadian serviceman anglicized his surname.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave; answered your PM.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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