Smiths Falls pilot died year after enlisting, September 1943

Smiths Falls pilot died year after enlisting, September 1943


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Charles Harwood McKimm. – Photo courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada


Hi Linda,
I thought I would share this story about my uncle written by school kids A Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute back in 2014. Might be a nice story with Remembrance Day not far away.
Graeme Hoatson Beattie


The following is part of a series of research papers completed by Grade 10 History students at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute as part of the Lest We Forget program. The features focus on residents of Smiths Falls who made the supreme sacrifice for their country during World War II.

Charles Harwood McKimm, Sergeant–NEWS Jul 10, 2014 by Josh Vincent Smiths Falls Record News

March 5th, 1924 – September 28th, 1943 Charles Harwood McKimm was a 19-year-old soldier who died during the Second World War.

He was born on March 5th, 1924 in Smiths Falls, Ontario to his mother Anita Warden McKimm and his father Charles McKimm. Charles had two brothers: George Frederick McKimm and Robert Warden McKimm. He also had three sisters: Barbara McKimm, Joan McKimm, and Sheila McKimm. He was never married and had no children.

Charles McKimm completed elementary school at Smiths Falls Public School in 1937. He attended Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute, from which he graduated in 1941. Charles was employed at Clark and Lewis Company in Smiths Falls, Ontario as a clerk from 1942 until the time of enlistment. He lived in Smiths Falls.

Charles McKimm signed up for the Royal Canadian Air Force on August 24th, 1942 in Montréal, Quebec. He was in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Sergeant. Charles was in an accidental plane crash that occurred on September 24th, 1943. He was killed instantly, as a result of several burns and multiple injuries.

In Charles McKimm’s Certificate of Medical Examination, it is seen that he had no diseases listed on the form. Charles was five feet eight inches and weighed 145 pounds. His eyesight and hearing were perfect. Charles McKimm’s complexion was fair and his development was good. His hair was fair and he had blue eyes. His religion was Protestant and he was a member of the United Church.

“Good physique, wants to be a pilot. Borderline C.T. score. However, has completed both Jr. and Sr. Matric. He is successfully, at the age of 18 years, mechanically inclined. He likes mathematics, should have no difficulty.” – Medical Officer’s assessment on Charles McKimm.

“He has driven a car for 2 years. Mechanically able, has done a lot of work on boat engines. He plays all sports extensively. He has lived in Smiths Falls all his life. Very good type of lad. Just turned 18. Keen, active and enterprising.” – Interviewing Officer’s assessment of Charles McKimm.

In the afternoon of September 28th, 1943 at approximately 1:50 p.m., Charles McKimm (the pilot of the aircraft) and a passenger were killed in a plane crash. He was flying a Harvard II three miles east of Lake Saint Germain prior to crashing. Over the time of almost one year, he has had over 225 hours of flight experience.

Charles was killed instantly, as a result of several burns and multiple injuries.

After Charles Harwood McKimm’s death, his medals were entitled to his mother, Anita Warden McKimm. Anita was given Charles McKimm’s War Medal (awarded if a soldier worked full time for 28 days in the armed forces and merchant marines from 1939 to 1945) and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp (awarded to any soldier who volunteered in World War II for 18 months).

He is buried at the Smiths Falls Maple Vale Cemetery located in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Charles McKimm’s grave reference is Plot 14 and Sector 6.

Clippings of the Appleton Collie Mill 1940

Clippings of the Appleton Collie Mill 1940

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Mar 1940, Fri  •  Page 14




The Collie Family. Photo by Malak Karsh


North Lanark Regional Museum (2012.79.12.29)
Photographer: Malak Karsh
Donated by Eleanor Wright & Irene Dunn Thompson




 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Mar 1940, Fri  •  Page 14


Teskey History -


Tales from the Old Mill Appleton Morrow Collie

The Abandoned Appleton Mill

Collie Mill Fire Almonte October 1, 1965

April 1934 Carleton Place Business

April 1934 Carleton Place Business



Carleton Place 1934


At present relief is only being issued to one family, owing to the breadwinner being incapacitated from work through an accident. The cost to the town for relief in January last was $68: in February $32; in March $33 and estimated for April, $18. From May 1 no further relief will be issued.


Looking north on Bridge Street at Albert in 1930. There are many interesting things in this photo – Central Garage on the immediate left, (now Mr. Mozzarella’s)), the many great old cars, and on the right, a Bell Telephone sign pointing to the Exhange building located further down Albert Street, the original two story veranda on what is now “Techniques For Hair”, a Highway 15 sign, and further down, the sign for The New York Cafe which burnt down in 1960

Bates and Innes Ltd woollen manufacturers, are running to capacity, with a night staff working at carding and spinning. More than 275 employees are working in this mill, a considerable increase over the number employed last year. The extra output to date for this year is 200 percent more than that for the corresponding period in 1933. This increase is due to orders from the West, where wholesalers during the depression allowed their stocks to drop below par, but now that a more optimistic feeling ‘is covering that territory they are replenishing their stocks.


Bates and Innes staff, 1936 from the  Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Renfrew Woollen Mills, mill No. 2. owned and operated by M. J. O’Brien, Ltd. (late Hawthorn mill), has been running to capacity since last fall. The mill now employs 225 hands hands. Six months ago the mill employed barely a 100.



Wanda Tysich of Carleton Place at the Renfrew/ Hawthorne Mill

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Feb 1948, Sat,  Page 17





So How Much Time Do You Get for Stealing Wool?

Donald Munro Wool Puller

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6

So How Much Time Do You Get for Stealing Wool?

Before The Carleton Place Mews?

Carleton Place Wins Prizes for their Wool!

“Wear Your Woolens Ladies” — says The Carleton Place Canadian

A Letter from the Trenches from the Carleton Place Lads

A Letter from the Trenches from the Carleton Place Lads

 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Jun 1915, Fri  •  Page 7


The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
11 May 1918, Sat  •  Page 13





Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

WW1 broke out and within two weeks, the town’s first dozen volunteers under Captain William H. Hooper left Carleton Place. Major W. H. Hooper, husband of Mabel Hooper –home after four years’ service in the first world war including two years as a prisoner in Germany, was welcomed in a reception held outdoors.  Indoor meetings had been banned by reason of deaths from a world influenza epidemic.

Major W.H. Hooper was appointed Post Master in 1920 and served as Post Master until his retirement in 1950. During Hooper’s time if office many changes occurred.He had control of the clerk for the position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building. The school children popped in daily to get warm on cold days and enjoy the steam heat. The caretaker lived on the upper floor and could be counted on to appear as soon as the children entered the building and order them out. Major Hooper was also a gruff individual and his family on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge Street. READ more here..CLICK





The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Mar 1916, Sat  •  Page 10



The House at 180 Henry Street Carleton Place – John Armour

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Photos of John Armour

The McNeely Family Saga– Part 3

The McNeely Family Saga– Part 1 and 2

James Reynolds “Were the Carleton Place Boys Safe?”

James Reynolds  “Were the Carleton Place Boys Safe?”




 1 August 1917.
Credit: Imperial War Museum (Q 5935) Photographer: Brooke, John Warwick (Lieutenant)


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1st Battalion
Background Information–Enlistment of 18 bandsmen as stretcher bearers
RG 24, vol. 856, file HQ 54-21-12-13
Organized at Valcartier Camp in accordance with Camp Order 241 of 2
September 1914 (Copy in RG 24 vol. 1258, file HQ 593-2-1 pt.1).
Composed of recruits from MD 1 (Western Ontario), commanded by
Lieutenant-Colonel F.W. Hill. Other Officers Commanding: F. A. Creighton
(24/1/16) G.C. Hodson (27/6/16).
Embarked from Quebec 25 September 1914 aboard LAURENTIC.
Disembarked in England 14 October 1914.
Strength: 45 officers, 1121 other ranks.
Arrived in France 11 February 1915.
1st Division, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade.
Reinforced by 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion.
Returned to England 26 March 1919.
Arrived in Canada 21 April 1919.
Demobilized 24 April 1919.
Disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.
Brass Band “John Peel” bugle band.
Regimental colours handed over to General Officer Commanding MD 1 on
demobilization, to be deposited in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ont. Colours
were purchased in England before the return of the battalion to Canada.
Perpetuated by the Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)




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Bert Prendergast Carleton Place

Perth’s Soldier Terrible Ordeal in Prison Camp 1917 Clyde Scott

  1. The Names of the Exempt of Lanark County- WW1

  2. The Fighting Lads of Lanark County WW1–Who Do You Know?

  3. Our Fathers Never Talked About the War — Clippings of Norman Melville Guthrie

  4. “Nanny Shail’s Nephew”– Gerald Whyte World War 2 Veteran

  5. Remembering Private Gordon Willard Stewart WW 2 Veteran

  6. Glory Days in Carleton Place- Tom Edwards– Horrick’s and Air Raid Sirens

  7. 90 Day Fiance and Mail Order and War Brides

  8. The Home Guard of Carleton Place

  9. The War Children that Tried to Come to Canada–SS City of Benares

  10. The Children of Ross Dhu –Evacuation to Canada

  11. Does Anyone Know What This is?

  12. The Very Sad Tale of Horace Garner “Sparky” Stark of Carleton Place

  13. Did You Ever Notice This in Beckwith Park? Thanks to Gary Box

  14. George Eccles Almonte Hero!

The IODE of Carleton Place 1985

The IODE of Carleton Place 1985





“The 68-year-old Carleton Place Captain Hooper chapter, named after one member’s husband who was taken prisoner in the Boer War, is one of the oldest and more active chapters in the region. Members set up a fund-raising table in a hardware store last November and in five days raised $9,543 in relief aid for victims of the Ethiopian famine. Now they’re in the midst of distributing, through local physicians and the public health unit, 500 little plastic containers that will help ambulance attendants should they be called to the homes of the elderly. The elderly will fill out forms outlining their medical histories and medication, and put the forms inside the Vials for Life. The containers will then be placed in the refrigerator and Vial for Life stickers placed on the fridge and the front door to alert ambulance attendants.

The chapter is also behind the push for the restoration of Carleton Place’s 85-year-old town hall. The women have raised about $7,000 to contribute to the project, but are holding it in trust until town council decides the future of the grey stone building. Every year, the women give out $500 in prizes to promising English and history students at Carleton Place high school. They also serve dinner four times a year at the town’s three senior citizens’ homes. The Captain Hooper chapter is also co-ordinating the’ VIP (Values, Influence and Peers) program with the town police and public schools. The program aims to curb crime in its infancy and police officers talk to Grade 6 students about vandalism.

The chapter also invites guest speakers to its monthly meetings. “We don’t concentrate on the flower arrangers and the cosmeticians,” says member Mary Cook, a 27-year member. “We try alternatives to the fluffy kind of meetings.”

The IODE, always a monarchist organization, still has a fondness for the Queen. Among the old clippings, scrapbooks and account books handed over to Knox when she became regent is an album of photographs of Her Royal Highness. The Captain Hooper chapter also updates the flags and pictures of the Queen at the local schools. Among the Ottawa chapters, the Laurentian chapter is best known because it conducts the popular house and garden tours each May. These are fund-raising tours for the public through some of the area’s most luxurious homes.

Last year, Wing Commander Guy Gibson V.C. chapter and Lord Dundonald chapter donated a bedroom and sitting room valued at $6,000 to Unitarian House; each chapter looked after a single-parent family last Christmas, and members give receptions for new Canadians at the citizenship courts. . The national chapter of the IODE spends $1.6 million annually on social service, education and citizenship programs. Its longest-standing project is the war memorial scholarships awarded annually to Canadian university students for post-graduate work in Canada and overseas. The scholarships are valued at $12,000 each and eight to 10 now are given out each year. Some 500 students have received war memorial scholarships since they were first given out in 1920. IODE chapters across the country also give out hundreds of scholar-, ships to high school students each year. ,” The national chapter is also working hard in Labrador, providing bursaries to help promising students pay for post-secondary education, furnishing community halls, stocking empty library shelves and supplying instruments for two school bands. Chapters in the Maritime provinces also just donated $27,000 for kidney research at the Isaak Walton Killam Hospital in Halifax”.

February 1985

Fact-Did you know the IODE is one of the oldest charitable organizations in Carleton Place?


The Second I.O.D.E. House Tour

Tom Troughton Escaped Capture 1944

Tom Troughton Escaped Capture 1944




The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Jun 1944, Tue  •  Page 11



Pegasus Bridge





May 8 1945 V. E. Day in Almonte – Photos

Unveiling of George E. Eccles Monument Photos

George Eccles Almonte Hero!

Eddie Malone

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