Royall Canadian Legion in 1947

Legion has long history in Sooke

Historian Elida Peers writes about the past in the Sooke region

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, SOOKE BRANCH, 1947

 

This photo of members of RCL Branch #54 was taken in 1947 in the original Sooke Legion Hall which stood on Eustace Road just about where Sheilds Road meets Eustace.

Front row:  Lenora Hewlett, Elsie Arden, Elsie Thornber, Nettie Rumsby, Margaret Taylor, Pauline Morton, Agnes Collins, Bea Morrison, Olive Wadams, Sheila Martin.

Second row: Peter Wadams, Tommy Blight, Emily Nixon, Mrs. Jackman, Mrs. Bickford, Minnie Dixon, Betty Soutar, Jean Myers, G. Ashton, Mabel Jones, John Martin, Fred Thornber, Capt PW deP Taylor.

Third row:  Bob Gibson, Vernon Norman, Jim Arden, Mr. Johnston, Jack Goldie, Peter Dixon, Jim Martin, Denis Lavender, Gordon Nixon, Sid Gates.

Rear:  Larry Rumsby, Jack Lindley, Gerald Roberson, Don Morrison, Jack Myers.

The Sooke Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was formed in 1926, with Captain PW “Buck” Taylor as first president.  Their early meetings were held in the historic Curtis Muir house on West Coast Road, right where a car wash and doggie wash has been built today.

The first president of the Legion Women’s Auxiliary, formed in 1935, was Mrs Fred (Elsie) Thornber. By the mid-1940s the Legion folk were able to meet on their own premises, as pictured.

Records show that the First World War saw the loss of 15 servicemen resident in our area, and that in World War II, 11 servicemen from our community gave their lives.

Elida Peers,

Historian

Sooke Region Museum

Just Posted

TONIGHT: bartenders compete in Victoria for top title

The Complete Bartender Competition is coming to the Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar

Oak Bay realtor recalls sale of home where family was murdered

Home sellers not always required to disclose violent crimes

Saanich strikes standing committee to help create citizens’ assembly

Membership includes vocal amalgamation critic Coun. Judy Brownoff

Victoria police seek witnesses after assault reported by man in wheelchair

Cops hope to speak with witnesses near Yates and Douglas on Jan. 13 between 1:45 and 3:15 p.m.

Olympic Gold medalist rower disppointed Saanich won’t host national training centre

Adam Kreek said also he respects decision by Rowing Canada Aviron

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Most Read