Old 07-21-2017, 03:47 AM   #1
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During WW2, my grandmother grew up and lived on a farm in Arnhem, NL. In 1945 (prior to Germany's surrender), some Canadian paratroopers camped in front of their house for a couple of days before moving out, one of them, "Chuck Bernhart" traded them this silver tag (Canadian "dog-tag"?) in exchange for some milk and eggs. She has kept this since then. In the 1980s, she tried to find him or some living relatives in an attempt to return it but had no luck. Since we're now in the age of the internet, I decided to look into it. Looking up his service number in the Library and Archives of Canada (Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947), but yielded no results which leads me to believe that he made it through the war.

If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it!

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Old 07-21-2017, 11:09 AM   #2
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KS, I'll see what I can find.

First his Regimental Number of K37476

The "K" means he joined the Army in Military District 11, which is British Columbia, so that's a clue on where he was from in Canada, or at least where he was living at that time

The number "37476" tells me he originally joined the British Columbia Regiment

He didn't die during the war, their are no records of a Charles or Chuck Bernhart. The only Canadian Bernhart who was killed during the war was in the RCAF, with a different name and Regimental Number.

I'll see what else I can find

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Old 07-21-2017, 11:55 AM   #3
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Here's a link to a Canadian Army Historical Report about the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, and their operations and whereabouts. It gives you info on where they went in Holland. It's a free download document

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-...qga/ahq017.pdf
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Here's a link to a Canadian Army Historical Report about the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, and their operations and whereabouts. It gives you info on where they went in Holland. It's a free download document

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-...qga/ahq017.pdf
Thank you, I'll give it a read through this weekend
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:24 PM   #5
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A lead

On the Mayor's Report of Summerland, BC on June 27th 2016, I think this may be him.

http://www.summerland.ca/your-city-h...yor%27s-report

From the BC Regiment's newsletter: https://bcregiment.com/new/wp-conten...ember-2016.pdf

I've reached out to the BC Regiment Association.

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Old 07-24-2017, 09:19 PM   #6
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A lead

On the Mayor's Report of Summerland, BC on June 27th 2016, I think this may be him.

http://www.summerland.ca/your-city-h...yor%27s-report

From the BC Regiment's newsletter: https://bcregiment.com/new/wp-conten...ember-2016.pdf

I've reached out to the BC Regiment Association.
I had found this man also, but didn't think it was him....His last name is spelled different than the name on the photo of the chain you found. Asking the Regimental association and confirming his Reg No is the best bet
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:50 PM   #7
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I had found this man also, but didn't think it was him....His last name is spelled different than the name on the photo of the chain you found. Asking the Regimental association and confirming his Reg No is the best bet
Not entirely sure how registration worked, I wouldn't be surprised if whoever was punching tags heard the last name and mispunched it without the semi-silent "D". I know such issues weren't uncommon in immigration, so that could be the case here.
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Good news! We found him and are in contact; I'll update again later.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:30 PM   #9
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Well done. It will be interesting to hear the outcome.

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Today it made it to Global News Okanagan here

http://globalnews.ca/news/3679199/su...fter-73-years/
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