Memory Project – Stories of the Second World War

Memory Project – Stories of the Second World War

Are you a veteran of the Second World War or know someone who is and would like to tell their story of service and sacrifice? The Memory Project would like to contact them to record their stories of the Second World War. Their interviewers are able to record a veteran’s story over the phone. At Memory Project events veterans are invited to bring memorabilia to be digitized and to record their stories of service. They are looking for all manner of memorabilia including photographs, letters, equipment, medals and uniforms which can be couriered to the Memory Project at no expense to the veteran or their family.


2551 Group Captain (Ret`d) Doug Wurtele (RMC 1936) joined the RCAF from the Royal Military College and began his flying training on the 1st of October 1939.

2797 Captain (Ret’d) Herbert Francis Pragnell (RMC 1940) attended the war course with the the Royal Military College for two years from 1940 to June of 1942 where he studied engineering as well as other military work.

2359 Wing Commander (Ret’d) Ken Wilson (RMC 1933) was an RMC [Royal Military College] graduate, pre-war pilot and he was Commanding Officer of 407 Squadron in North Devon, [England] which was one of the first Canadian squadrons to be formed overseas during the war and their initial task was for the shipping strikes off the Dutch coast in the North Sea. He called us in and said he had a request from Air Ministry in London to dispatch a crew to a fighter station in Sussex, RAF Station Ford, to carry out some secret duties.

Derek Pite, who served in the Army Intelligence Corps, was trained at the Royal Military College in Kingston by British and Canadian officers and even a former German officer.

John Ellis was sent overseas in the autumn of 1940, came back to Canada in 1943. He went to the Royal Military College for a war staff course, concentrated and was kept on as an instructor there for a while.

Charles Starratt Redden joined the Air Force; and they sent him to the Royal Military College in Kingston where he graduated in electronics. He went to a radar school and then went overseas.

H. Murray Lang served in the Canadian Army, and trained in the Royal Canadian Engineers. He took the 14th War Security course at the Royal Military College in Kingston which offered a quick way to transfer and get overseas in the Canadian Intelligence Corps.


Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards