Aircraftman (Class II) Herman Barer of Vancouver died in a military hospital in Toronto on March 3, 1943, and was buried in Vancouver's Schara Tzedeck Cemetery. He enlisted in the air force in late 1942. Aircraftman Barer was born in Poland.
Letter : Paper : Ink : Black, White, Blue ; Ht: 11 cm x W: 13,5 cm
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February 29, 1948
Envelope has 2 postage stamps, both in the upper right corner, one with has a photograph of King George. There is also 1 circular ink stamp in the top right of the envelope. The letter is 3 pages, double-sided. Narrative: Bertram Ellison (donor's uncle) was born on March 19 1909 in Montreal. He was born into a Jewish family, and was an insurance broker before the war. He joined the Canadian Army on June 5th 1941 as a 2nd Lieutenant. Between 1941 and 1945 he rose to the rank of major, and received 6 medals, including the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire which he received on December 18t 1945. He was part of the 21st Army Group, which was formed on July 9th 1943 by the 2nd British and 1st Canadian Army for a North Western European Invasion. While apart of the 21st Army Group, he saw Bergen-Belsen. Bertram Ellison sailed home on the RMS Queen Elisabeth on December 3rd – 9th 1945.
Able Seaman Ralph Zbarsky of Vancouver, British Columbia, was killed in action aboard the H.M.C.S. Esquimalt off Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rabbi E.M. Levy officiated at the naval funeral. Able Seaman Zbarsky enlisted in the navy at Saskatoon when he was 17 years old.