War & Elliston - World War Two
World War Two
Unlike World War One, the Second World War had a physical presence at Elliston. In fact, the community was home to a Radio Detachment located at Mark’s Path during World War Two. Its purpose was to monitor the area for signs of a possible German invasion that many believed was an immediate threat. The threat was so real that military personnel were seen at Sandy Cove beach filling sand bags for use at the station.
Newfoundlanders, Americans and Canadians were concerned that the Germans were going to get a foothold in North America. Newfoundland would have made an excellent base to launch such an invasion, and there is at least one case of a U-boat (Submarine) that put ashore an automated weather unit to relay information on the coast of Labrador. Initially, the Mark’s Path site was under the control of American personnel however, in November 1944, they were relieved by Canadian forces. The site was closed on October 1st, 1945. See a Fisherman's Advocate Article about this base by Clicking Here.
Additional photographs are available under the “Photo Archive” tab or Click Here.
Unlike in WWI Newfoundland did not send an infantry regiment overseas. Rather a unit was formed within British Royal Artillery, which grouped all of its recruits from Newfoundland and Labrador into two regiments named for their country. The 166th (Newfoundland) Field Regiment served in Britain, North Africa, and Italy; the 59th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment defended England’s coastline for three years before fighting in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Before the war ended, some 2,343 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians fought with the Royal Artillery.
Other served in other branches of the military and also with the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit (NOFU). Here is a little information regarding those men who made the trip to Scotland to cut lumber for the war effort from Gary Crewe. (Click Here)
Special thanks to Mr. Doug Cole for his assistance in gathering much of the information/photos in this section.
Below is a list of people connected to Elliston in WWII.
WWII Newfoundland & Canadian Medals
WWII British Medals
WWII United States Medals
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