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John Anthony
971570 Royal Artillery [Newfoundland]

Donated by Ron Blank

After School Graduation, John worked in the local co-operative store, then got a job teaching. His first posting was to Woods Island, Bay of Island. John taught in the Anglican School on Wood's Island, Bay of Islands, 1936/1937 school year. He was also the Lay Reader for the Anglican Church, and was entitled to bury and baptize members of the church. Local gal, Elsie May Pennell, caught his eye. After marrying in nearby Curling in July, they headed off to his next teaching post.

Like so many of that time, John enlisted in 1941. Elsie stayed in Codroy, and he was shipped overseas to England. He became a gunner with 166th Newfoundland Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. After training, he was deployed to Algeria in early February of 1943. With more training, the unit saw action later in the month. By 21 June, the Germans had been defeated and more training ensued before deployment to Italy. In August, John's medical category was downgraded to B7, B8. Some recuperation was had at H.B.H. Military Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland, and he was discharged from the Army by November and returned to Newfoundland.

John and Elsie lived in Woodville, Codroy Valley in 1945 Census. After the war, he worked in the local co-operative store, John (aka Jack) later became a Social Welfare Officer. He was renowned for his salmon fly tying & fishing skills and his empathy as a Social Welfare Officer. His career took him throughout the Province of Newfoundland, with some postings lasting just six months, and included a Master’s Degree at University of Toronto. With promotions, John ended up in St John’s head office, and taught in the Social Worker Degree programme at Memorial University. The lure of salmon fishing was too great. He took a lateral promotion, to become Administrator of the Stephenville Office, thereby allowing more opportunity to catch the big one. John retired from gainful employment in 1977.

Here is an interesting insight into an amazing man. A letter that was sent to Joe TAYLOR, related by wives, and then living in Halifax. Joe's daughter Marilyn shared this letter with a teacher friend, who subsequently used it in his classes for many years [without the author's name]. The letter came to life again recently when Caleb's book club was discussing a book and Caleb sent this email to his book club members. "The following eloquently persuasive letter was received by the late father of Judi's best friend Marilyn, who gave it to me as a model piece of writing for my English classes. The original is handwritten in a vigorous, rapidly flowing style matching the content.

" Feb. 9/83 P.O. Box 8 S.Ville Xing, NF AON 2C0
My Dear Joe,
What do you know? We've had no winter here really, and already the salmon fever is boiling in my blood as did the roving fever boil in the blood of my Viking ancestors a thousand years ago. I see salmon; I dream salmon; I live salmon, and day and night I hear the gurgling, flowing rivers swish and swirl around the rocks where the salmon lie. In fact, I can truthfully say that opening day is ever in my dreams, and in the last two weeks I've counted those god damn salmon flies until they are starting to talk back.
The season will probably open on June 20th as last year -- maybe before that. However, Joe, the prime time for salmon fishing is from June 25th to July 31st inc. So if you want those elusive leapers coming for your fly, I suggest you be here not later than July 1st (first). I'll be waiting.
All the best, old scout. See you, J.A."


He fished the rivers into his middle seventies. Even though needing a walking stick for balance, he could still toss that fly with pin point accuracy, and be into the fly line backing.

His health and memory deteriorated. They moved from Stephenville to Corner Brook, to be closer to friends, and medical care. His last four years were spent in the Veteran's Wing in Corner Brook Hospital.

Obituary, Western Star, Corner Brook Newfoundland, Canada,
ANTHONY, John, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Passed away Thursday, August 17th, 2000 at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital, John ANTHONY at the age of 84. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Elsie ANTHONY, daughter Linda BLANK (Ron), British Columbia, granddaughter Deborah Maree BLANK, British Columbia, brother William ANTHONY (Phyllis), Port aux Basques, two special nieces Lavinia PARK and Emmaline CHARTRANDE, and numerous other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his sisters: Stella, Sarah, Julia, brothers: Norman and George. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 22nd at 2:00 P.M. from St. John the Evangelist Anglican Cathedral, Main Street, Reverend Lorne GOSSE officiating, followed by the interment at Mt. Patricia Cemetery. Friends may visit Fillatre's Funeral Home, 4 St. Mark's Avenue, Sunday from 7-9 P.M. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Expressions of sympathy, flowers or donations to a charity of one's choice will be graciously accepted.
John was buried 22 August with headstone in Mount Patrica Cemetery, Anglican, Section 1 Row 2, Corner Brook and shows "ANTHONY, husband, John, 1916 - 2000 with the Royal Canadian Legion emblem.

John ANTHONY
Lloyd POWELL [sitting on top of vehilcle]
Joe ROWSELL
166th Newfoundland Royal Artillery

A group from Regimental Headquarters of the 166th [NFLD] Field Regiment pose in front of their
sleeping quarters at Shillingstone, in Dorset, England.
Sitting [L to R]: Alfred Bartlett, Lloyd Powell, Edward Tooton, Edgar Butler, Charles Smith, Herbert Johnson, unidentified,
Kneeling [L to R]: John Congdon, James Vail, Roy Parsons, John Anthony
Standing [L to R]: Gerald Gallagher, Allan Whelen, Frank Brocklehurst, Joe Rowsell, Sidney Cook,
John Mercer, Jethro Goodyear, Jack Hebbard, Henry B. Smith, Tasker Cook, Stephen Ayles,
William Crane, Patrick O'Grady.

971570 Anthony, John [Gunner]
970893 Edmund (Edmonds) CW [Chesley] [Gunner]
970492 Penny, Ralph Guy [Gunner]
97545, Rowsell, Joseph Agustus [Gunner]
971537, Vavasour, Ivor Gordon [Gunner]
97165, Powell, Lloyd [Gunner]
970362, Clarke, William John [Gunner]

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