I could not help but notice in your list of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II, an error in a family name That is the name of Frank Cavers, misspelled as Frank (The C Cavers name has become familiar to me because of a visit to the Cavers family home here in Ramsay recently. The farm holds a great deal of interest for me and I have come to learn a little of the people who lived there. Fortunately their history is fairly recent and easily obtainable. It is through this interest that my attention was drawn to your list of men and noticed that Frank Cavers was not remembered. Please let us give proper credit where it is due. Yours truly, Daphne Stevens Carp
November 1980- Almonte Gazette
Author’s Note: When I came upon this letter to the editor from 1980 I knew Frank Caver had to be documented for posterity.
CANADIAN VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL
Robert Franklin Cavers
In memory of:
Warrant Officer Class II Robert Franklin Cavers
March 23, 1943Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Royal Canadian Air ForceCitation(s):
1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.
April 23, 1916
March 14, 1941
Vancouver, British Columbia
Son of Thomas Edgar and Bessie May (nee McNabb) Cavers, of Almonte, Ontario. Brother of Harold, Melville and Agnes.
Commemorated on Page 145 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.
CARLETON PLACE UNITED CEMETERIES
Ontario, CanadaGrave Reference:
Thomas Edgar Cavers
|BIRTH||9 Feb 1883Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada|
|DEATH||23 Dec 1957 (aged 74)Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada|
|BURIAL||United CemeteriesBeckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada|
|MEMORIAL ID||204736433 · View Source|
1957, Thursday January 10, The Almonte Gazette, page 6
THOMAS EDGAR CAVERS
The funeral of Thomas Edgar Cavers took place December 26th from the Fleming Bros. Funeral Home, Lake Ave. West, Carleton Place to the United Cemetery for interment. Rev. J. Ray Anderson of Almonte conducted the service. Mr. Cavers died in the R. M. Hospital, Almonte, on December 23 after a short illness. He was 74 years of age and was born February 9th, 1882 in Ramsay Township, son of the late Thomas Cavers and his wife, Margaret Miller Thom. He had farmed for years in Ramsay and attended Appleton United Church. He was married in June, 1915, to the former Bessie May McNab. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, Harold of Toronto; Melville of Almonte, a daughter (Agnes), Mrs. Tudor of Perth, a brother, James of Carleton Place and a half sister, Miss Margaret Cavers of Almonte. The pallbearers were Messrs. Ollie Stewart, Victor Kellough, Duncan Stewart, Stewart Cavers, John Lowe and Edward Lowe. Among the beautiful floral tributes were pieces from Almonte Legion, Weaving Room of Collie’s mill, Appleton W.I.. Appleton W.A
Bessie May McNabb Cavers
|BIRTH||23 May 1892Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada|
|DEATH||18 Apr 1980 (aged 87)Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada|
|BURIAL||United CemeteriesBeckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada|
|MEMORIAL ID||204736554 · View Source|
1980, Wednesday May 7, The Almonte Gazette, page 2
Bessie May McNabb Cavers, Nel-Gor Castle Nursing Home, Carleton Place, died April 18, at the age of 87 Mrs Cavers was born May 23, 1892. in Ramsay township, the daughter of the late David McNabb and Agnes Kellough On June 30. 1915, she married the late Thomas Edgar Cavers, a farmer, in Appleton Mrs Cavers was a member of Zion Memorial United Church, a charter member of the Appleton Women’s Institute, and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, branch 240 She was the mother of the late Frank and Harold Cavers, and the sister of the late David, George, and Welland McNabb. Mrs Cavers is survived by her daughter Agnes Tudor, of Toronto, and her son Melville Cavers, of Almonte A public funeral was held April 21 from the Alan Barker Funeral Home The service was conducted by Reverend Mitchell. Burial took place at the United Cemeteries. Ashton Mrs Cavers pallbearers were Tom Proctor, Delbert Barr, Art Fulton, Doug Stewart, Bert McRae, and Bill Struthers
From the North Lanark Museum ( Appleton)
Only two years after the Collie Woollen Mills began production World War Two began. The war was a major boost to the local economy. The mill shifted to 24 hour a day production in order to fill the military contracts. The mill produced woollens for uniforms, blankets and other military needs.
The war deeply affected the community of Appleton as sons and daughters enlisted to protect their country while families worked extra shifts at the mill
When the war was over, the community prepared an honor roll that hung in the Appleton Community Hall. The honor roll now resides at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton:
This honor roll, which hung in the Appleton Community Hall until it was destroyed by fire, commemorates those Appleton residents who volunteered for active service during World War II. A silver star denotes those soldiers who gave their lives.
Frank Cavers (*)
Robert Duncan (*)
William B. Hopkins
Russell James (*)
James Pye (*)
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
Trade: Air Gunner
Service No: R/97637
Date of Death: 23/03/1943
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force, #113 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron (Yarmouth,, Nova Scotia)
Citation(s): 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp
Killed at Yarmouth airport, N.S., with 3 other aircrew, when their plane crashed after take-off and then exploded. Son of Thomas Edgar and Bessie Cavers, of Almonte.
Date of Birth: 23 Apr 1916
World War II
Find A Grave contributor SJ Hearn:
Warrant Officer Class II Cavers was one of six airmen killed in the crash and resulting explosion of Hudson (#BW 620) aircraft at the aerodrome in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; the Hudson, with four airmen aboard, had just taken off on an operational patrol. Besides the four crew members, two of the five ground crew members who attempted to assist, also perished in this accident.
The four aircrew members were:-
Sergeant Alexander John BAILLIE,
Warrant Officer Class II Robert Franklin CAVERS,
Warrant Officer Class II Mervin Elwood TARRANT and
Flying Officer Charles Leroy TRIPP.
The two ground aircrew members were:-
Leading Aircraftman Lloyd Edward BRIGGS and
Aircraftman 1st Class Frank HALLEK.
Warrant Officer Class II Robert Franklin Cavers is commemorated on Page 145 of Canada’s Second World War Book of Remembrance.
Appleton Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir History .click
- Thomas Cavers1849–1932
- Margaret Miller Thom Cavers1858–1908
- Bessie May McNabb Cavers1892–1980 (m. 1915)
- Mary Allen Cavers Rose1886–1921
- Henry W. Cavers1889 – unknown
- Jeanie Mathieson Cavers1896–1905
- Margaret Ann Baird Cavers1875–1974
- Robert Franklin Cavers1916–1943
- Harold Thomas Cavers1918–1967
- Melville Charles Cavers1922–2001