Ruby M. Cusack
New Brunswick - Great War Project (NBGWP)
On Friday evening
Gram asked me if I would like to spend Saturday with her as
the rest of the family had errands to run and other things to
When I arrived I found several skeins of yarn piled on the
couch, which signaled balls of yarn needed to be prepared as
Gram knitted the socks.
These socks made great Christmas presents as warm dry feet
were very important.
As Gram knitted she told me about the men who were her
friends, who went to the Great War. With a tear rolling down
her cheek she spoke so sadly of those who did not come home.
The Provncial Archives of New Brunswick has on their site at https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/NBGWP/?culture=en-CA
the New Brunswick Great War Project (NBGWP) an ongoing program
to preserve and illustrate a collection of sources relating to
this province’s commitment to the Great War (1914-1919).
One part of the project provides users with 106,000 https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/NBGWP/NewspaperArticles.aspx?culture=en-CA
articles drawn from eight provincial newspapers. Articles,
ranging in date from 1914 to 1920, cover a number of important
wartime issues. The largest category of clippings details the
extent of New Brunswick’s military contribution to the Great
War, from recruiting to the publication of personal letters
and the twice-daily casualty list. Other categories include
charitable fundraising, politics, economic expansion, the role
of women and children, obituaries, and the influence of
One can search by surname, community, word of interest, etc.
I did a search for the word “socks” and had over two hundred
hits of a most interesting nature. One being from Carleton
Observer, Hartland, 1917-01-18 - Letter
from Corp. Earl H. Billings A. Co., 58th Batt. B.E.F. France
- who thanks Hartland Ladies for Socks as socks are one of
the needs of the soldier. The trenches are in a poor state,
account of the heavy rain. After standing in water knee deep
for 12 hours, a man needs a change and sometimes they are
hard to get.
Some other letters:
Saint John Globe, Zealand Station - Fredericton, April 23,
1919. Pte. Alfred Brewer was discharged after
spending four years fighting in the war. After coming home
he was chopping wood in the yard of his grandfather’s when
the axe slipped and he received a severe cut to his foot
which may maim him for life.
Carleton Observer 1916-11-23, Andover. Saturday evening
quite a few young folk enjoyed a social evening in
Beveridges hall with the guests of honour being Randolph
Jamer who has enlisted for service in the 9th Siege Battery
now at Partridge Island and Vernon Erwin, who has enlisted
in the 65th Battery, now at Woodstock.
Kings County Record 1915-10-01, Armstrong’s Corner. Mrs.
J. W. McNutt, postmistress at Armstrong. P.O. desires to
acknowledge the receipt of $1.00 from Amy M. Manning for the
Overseas tobacco fund.
Carleton Observer 1919-01-09, Kincardine. On Sunday, Jan
5, in the Melville Church Kincardine, a memorial service was
held for Alexander Mackie, who was killed in action in
France in September in 1918.The church was attractively
decorated with evergreen, flowers and flags.
The service was a simple one, full of earnest feeling
and was attended by a large sympathetic gathering. The
presence of returned soldiers added special impressiveness
to the service. A solo “When the mists have rolled away” was
sung by Mrs. Davidson.
Genealogical information is often stumbled upon. A quiet
wedding was solemnized on Feb 6, 1917, at the residence of
Mrs. W. J. Hall, of this city by Rev. R. P.McKim when
William J. Brennan was united in marriage to Miss Clara
Winnifred Stockley of England. The groom is a returned
soldier. He enlisted in the 12th battalion on the outbreak
of the war and went to England with the first Canadian
contingent. He was then transferred to the 10th battalion
and saw much service in France. He was wounded on two
different occasions and finally invalided home. Mr. And Mrs.
Brennan are the recipients of the hearty good wishes of a
host of friends in St. John.
Pte. George Cusack Died of Wounds- July
To the long list of St. John men who have given their all
in this present conflict is added the name of Pte. George
Cusack, oldest son of George and Elizabeth Cusack, 33 Marsh
For each person serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force
there is a service file held by Library and Archives Canada,
which documents their time in the service. The 32,952
attestation files are in alphabetical order -Index at:
and provide basic information on the person at the time of
enlistment, including address and next of kin plus much more.
In years of the past, I spent hours searching reels of
microfilm of newspapers to find published obituaries and
information on the New Brunswick men and women who were
injured or missing in the Great War. Now much can be found on
the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick with the push of a
button on the computer while sitting at home.
Obituary of Pte. George Cusack
Died of Wounds- July 19, 1917.