Thank You From Field of Crosses

Thank You From Field of Crosses

source: calgarywestrotaryclub.org date: November 11, 2021 Dear Volunteer Supporters of Field of Crosses,For 11 days we honoured them, but we will never forget them. Thank you for the large role you played in fulfilling our commitment to our heroes who gave up their...

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Field of Crosses-Calgary

Field of Crosses-Calgary

source: www.ehcanadatravel.com date: November 11, 2021 Byย  Andrea Horning A beautiful touching display along Memorial Drive in Calgary. There are around 3600 crosses, each with a name, each with a candle. I was lucky enough to catch the beginning of the Sunset...

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Today, April 10th, we celebrate National Siblings Day. This year we commemorate 140 siblings in the Field of Crosses, this includes 2 sets of a brother and sister, and 4 sets of 3 brothers.

On this National Siblings Day, we would like to take the opportunity to share the stories of Private David T Stark and Private Joseph G Stark, brothers who are honoured each November in the Field of Crosses.

๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐Š ๐ƒ๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ ๐“
Age 33 โ€“ Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death: 26/04/1917

๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐Š ๐‰๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฉ๐ก ๐†
Age 30 โ€“ Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death 28/04/1917

They were indeed true brothers and were inseparable from early childhood. Both were born in New South Wales, Australia, the sons of James and Jessie Stark (nรฉe Hamilton). David Taylor Stark was born in Sydney on March 29, 1886, and Joseph Gillespie Stark was born in Enfield on September 1, 1888. The family later moved to Scotland, and both brothers served 4 and 5 years, respectively, with the Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Regiment).

The family moved again, settling in Calgary, Alberta. Both Davidโ€™s and Josephโ€™s occupations were as Railway Brakemen with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

Both boys enlisted in Calgary with the 10th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), Joseph on January 21, 1915 (service number A/34354 or 434354), and David on June 25, 1915 (service number 435470).

Sadly, after 22 months in the trenches, the brothers were killed in action 2 days apart.

Private David T Stark died on April 26, 1917, at the age of 33. He is buried at Bois-Carre British Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Private Joseph G. Stark died on April 28, 1917, at the age of 30. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial at Pas de Calais, France.

Both brothers are also commemorated at the Union Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.

Each November, the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta, commemorates these two brothers: Private David Taylor Stark and Private Joseph Gillespie Stark.

#SiblingsDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #YYCEvents #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History #Brothers
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Today, April 10th, we celebrate National Siblings Day. This year we commemorate 140 siblings in the Field of Crosses, this includes 2 sets of a brother and sister, and 4 sets of 3 brothers.

On this National Siblings Day, we would like to take the opportunity to share the stories of Private David T Stark and Private Joseph G Stark, brothers who are honoured each November in the Field of Crosses.

๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐Š ๐ƒ๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ ๐“
Age 33 โ€“ Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death: 26/04/1917

๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐Š ๐‰๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฉ๐ก ๐†
Age 30 โ€“ Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death 28/04/1917

They were indeed true brothers and were inseparable from early childhood. Both were born in New South Wales, Australia, the sons of James and Jessie Stark (nรฉe Hamilton). David Taylor Stark was born in Sydney on March 29, 1886, and Joseph Gillespie Stark was born in Enfield on September 1, 1888. The family later moved to Scotland, and both brothers served 4 and 5 years, respectively, with the Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Regiment).

The family moved again, settling in Calgary, Alberta. Both Davidโ€™s and Josephโ€™s occupations were as Railway Brakemen with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

Both boys enlisted in Calgary with the 10th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), Joseph on January 21, 1915 (service number A/34354 or 434354), and David on June 25, 1915 (service number 435470).

Sadly, after 22 months in the trenches, the brothers were killed in action 2 days apart.

Private David T Stark died on April 26, 1917, at the age of 33. He is buried at Bois-Carre British Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Private Joseph G. Stark died on April 28, 1917, at the age of 30. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial at Pas de Calais, France.

Both brothers are also commemorated at the Union Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.

Each November, the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta, commemorates these two brothers: Private David Taylor Stark and Private Joseph Gillespie Stark.

#SiblingsDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #YYCEvents #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History #Brothers

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Lest we Forget Lest we Forget we will Remember Them all

2 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

On April 1, 1924, the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) was created to defend Canadaโ€™s sovereignty and contribute to global peace and security. It has a long and distinguished history with proud traditions with generations of personnel having served through peace and war.

The R.C.A.F. provides air defence, maritime patrol, national search and rescue, air mobility, space capabilities, and aircraft to support the missions of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army at home and abroad.

The R.C.A.F. is a military partner worldwide, providing security at home through North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and working with our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to maintain peace and stability across the globe.

Congratulations to the Royal Canadian Air Force as we celebrate your 100 Anniversary.

Each November the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta commemorates the 1,078 servicemen and women of Southern Alberta who served with Royal Flying Corps (4), Royal Canadian Air Force (1010), Royal Air Force (61) and the RCAF Womenโ€™s Division (3).

#RCAF #CanadianArmedForces #FieldofCrosses #RCAF100 #History #Canada #CanadianMilitary #Veterans
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On April 1, 1924, the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) was created to defend Canadaโ€™s sovereignty and contribute to global peace and security. It has a long and distinguished history with proud traditions with generations of personnel having served through peace and war. 

The R.C.A.F. provides air defence, maritime patrol, national search and rescue, air mobility, space capabilities, and aircraft to support the missions of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army at home and abroad. 

The R.C.A.F. is a military partner worldwide, providing security at home through North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and working with our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to maintain peace and stability across the globe. 

Congratulations to the Royal Canadian Air Force as we celebrate your 100 Anniversary. 

Each November the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta commemorates the 1,078 servicemen and women of Southern Alberta who served with Royal Flying Corps (4), Royal Canadian Air Force (1010), Royal Air Force (61) and the RCAF Womenโ€™s Division (3).

#RCAF #CanadianArmedForces #FieldofCrosses #RCAF100 #History #Canada #CanadianMilitary #Veterans

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Happy 100th RCAF.

3 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

๐ŸŒท Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter Day from all of us at The Field of Crosses. May this day be filled with renewal, hope, and cherished moments with loved ones. ... See MoreSee Less

๐ŸŒท Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter Day from all of us at The Field of Crosses. May this day be filled with renewal, hope, and cherished moments with loved ones.
4 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

In 2024, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the legendary Great Escapeโ€”an extraordinary tale of courage and camaraderie among a diverse group determined to break free from the confines of the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp.

Today, we share the story of Flight Lieutenant Henry Birkland. For the Great Escape operation, Birkland who was at one time a gold miner, became one of the leading and most energetic of the many prisoners who were involved in the tunnelling of three tunnels code named Tom, Dick and Harry.

๐๐ข๐ซ๐ค๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐, ๐‡๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ฒ
Age 26 โ€“ F/L (P) RCAF
Date of Death: 31/03/1944

Henry Birkland was born 16 August 1917 in Caldwell, Manitoba. Birkland was educated in Calgary, Alberta and worked for the Burns Co. Birkland enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in July 1940 as an aircrew candidate. Following his basic training, he was promoted to leading aircraftman and was posted to elementary flying school RCAF. He graduated in January 1941 and was transferred to No. 9 Service Flight Training School. Now as a qualified pilot he was promoted om April 1941 as a commissioned Pilot Officer. Shortly after, he sailed for England to fly operationally with the Royal Air Force Fighter Command. After six weeks of operational training, Birkland joined No. 122 RAF Command and assigned to Spitfire aircraft. He was later transferred to No. 72 Squadron RAF where he continued to fly Spitfires.

On the afternoon of 7 November 1941, he was on a mission over occupied Europe when he was shot down. After bailing out, he was captured becoming a prisoner of war. Following German interrogation, he was sent to Stalag Luft 1, and later to Stalag Luft 3 which is near Sagan, now in Poland.

The escape plan, conceived by RAF Roger Bushnell, a South African lawyer who also volunteered for the RAF, was for three tunnels and the escape of 200 prisoners in one night. On the night of March 24/25 1944, Birkland was in the first group to go through the tunnel with 75 others, now famously known as โ€˜The Great Escapeโ€™. Most of the escapees did not get very far, when the alarm was raised and most caught in a massive manhunt. Birkland was recaptured and taken with other prisoners to Gorlitz Prison 36 miles from the camp. In March 1944, Birkland was among the taken from the prison by the Gestapo and were never seen again. As a result, he became one of the 50 who were selected from the 76 escapees and were murdered by the Gestapo on direct orders of Adolf Hitler.

Henry Birkland was just 26 years old. He is buried at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery in Poland and honored each November in the Field of Crosses.

www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#FieldofCrosses #TheGreatEscape #StalagLuftIII #CanadaRemember #Remembrance #CanadianArmedForces #AirForce #RAF #RCAF
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In 2024, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the legendary Great Escapeโ€”an extraordinary tale of courage and camaraderie among a diverse group determined to break free from the confines of the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp.

Today, we share the story of Flight Lieutenant Henry Birkland. For the Great Escape operation, Birkland who was at one time a gold miner, became one of the leading and most energetic of the many prisoners who were involved in the tunnelling of three tunnels code named Tom, Dick and Harry.

๐๐ข๐ซ๐ค๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐, ๐‡๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ฒ
Age 26 โ€“ F/L (P) RCAF
Date of Death: 31/03/1944

Henry Birkland was born 16 August 1917 in Caldwell, Manitoba. Birkland was educated in Calgary, Alberta and worked for the Burns Co. Birkland enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in July 1940 as an aircrew candidate. Following his basic training, he was promoted to leading aircraftman and was posted to elementary flying school RCAF. He graduated in January 1941 and was transferred to No. 9 Service Flight Training School. Now as a qualified pilot he was promoted om April 1941 as a commissioned Pilot Officer. Shortly after, he sailed for England to fly operationally with the Royal Air Force Fighter Command. After six weeks of operational training, Birkland joined No. 122 RAF Command and assigned to Spitfire aircraft. He was later transferred to No. 72 Squadron RAF where he continued to fly Spitfires. 

On the afternoon of 7 November 1941, he was on a mission over occupied Europe when he was shot down. After bailing out, he was captured becoming a prisoner of war. Following German interrogation, he was sent to Stalag Luft 1, and later to Stalag Luft 3 which is near Sagan, now in Poland.

The escape plan, conceived by RAF Roger Bushnell, a South African lawyer who also volunteered for the RAF, was for three tunnels and the escape of 200 prisoners in one night. On the night of March 24/25 1944, Birkland was in the first group to go through the tunnel with 75 others, now famously known as โ€˜The Great Escapeโ€™. Most of the escapees did not get very far, when the alarm was raised and most caught in a massive manhunt. Birkland was recaptured and taken with other prisoners to Gorlitz Prison 36 miles from the camp. In March 1944, Birkland was among the taken from the prison by the Gestapo and were never seen again. As a result, he became one of the 50 who were selected from the 76 escapees and were murdered by the Gestapo on direct orders of Adolf Hitler. 

Henry Birkland was just 26 years old. He is buried at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery in Poland and honored each November in the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#FieldofCrosses #TheGreatEscape #StalagLuftIII #CanadaRemember #Remembrance #CanadianArmedForces #AirForce #RAF #RCAF

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Thanks Jo-Anne and Ron, /Bart

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

1 month ago
Field of Crosses

A St. Patrickโ€™s Day blessing from one of our favourite Irishmen . . . . . .

โ€œ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ,

๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ,

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ.โ€

J. Murray McCann
Chairman Emeritus
Field of Crosses
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A St. Patrickโ€™s Day blessing from one of our favourite Irishmen . . . . . .  

โ€œ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ,

๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ,

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ.โ€

J. Murray McCann
Chairman Emeritus
Field of Crosses
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