Wartime Wednesdays

Elinor Florence

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Elinor began her journalism career at the Battlefords Advertiser-Post in 1973. She went on to write for several daily newspapers and magazines including Reader's Digest. Elinor resides in Invermere, BC but still has many ties with The Battlefords. Her first wartime historical novel called Bird's Eye Viewwill hit bookstores in October 2014. Meanwhile, you can read her weekly blog called Wartime Wednesdays at: http://www.elinorflorence.com/blog.

  • Veteran now 100 years old

    Winston Churchill Parker of Okotoks, Alta., served in the RCAF and spent years as a German POW. Now 100 years old, he is one of our honoured living Canadian veterans. Read his story here: . . .

    Elinor FlorenceOctober 17, 2018

  • Answering questions

    I receive so many questions about my books, my Wartime Wednesdays blog, and my writing life, that I have attempted to answer your questions here today: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/. . .

    Elinor FlorenceSeptember 19, 2018

  • Jean Hubar joined up at age 18

    Saskatchewan-born Jean Hubbard, now 92, joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps on her 18th birthday! To read her interview with author Elinor Florence, formerly of North Battleford, click here: . . .

    Elinor FlorenceAugust 15, 2018

  • Transport driver served in Holland

    Russell Thompson, now aged 98, is one of Canada’s dwindling number of living veterans. Shown here on his wedding day, Russell served as a transport driver in Holland during the Second World War. . . .

    Elinor FlorenceJune 27, 2018

  • A wartime illustrator

    Elizabeth Cutler was a New York illustrator who created wartime covers for the Toronto Star Weekly. To see more of her work: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/star-weekly-artist . . .

    Elinor FlorenceMay 16, 2018

  • Wartime Wednesdays

    A group of young men from Cranbrook, members of the Rovers branch of the Boy Scouts, built a cabin in the woods to use as a clubhouse. Then World War Two happened. Read their sad story here, and. . .

    Elinor FlorenceApril 18, 2018

  • Lumber blitz

    Thousands of lumberjacks, members of the Canadian Forestry Corps, logged the forests of Scotland during the Second World War to produce desperately-needed lumber for the war effort. Read their . . .

    Elinor FlorenceApril 19, 2017

  • Women in World War II

    Visit Wartime Wednesdays to see some wonderful old photos of Royal Canadian Air Force women performing their duties during the Second World War. These telephone operators are working the . . .

    Elinor FlorenceMarch 17, 2017

  • Bomber being salvaged off coast of Sweden

    A group of ambitious volunteers from the small town of Nanton, Alta., are collecting pieces of a downed bomber off the coast of Sweden and bringing them back to Canada, where they plan to . . .

    Elinor FlorenceJanuary 18, 2017

  • The pain of separation

    This collection of wartime Christmas cards will remind us how difficult it was for families to be separated during the Christmas season. www.elinorflorence.com/blog/christmas-cards . . .

    Elinor FlorenceDecember 26, 2016

  • Top 10 wartime tunes

    The great Vera Lynn, now aged 99, kicks off a list of Top Ten Wartime Tunes on Wartime Wednesdays. To listen to them all, click on this link and follow the directions. www.elinorflorence.com/blog/. . .

    Elinor FlorenceNovember 16, 2016

  • Nurse has ship named after her

    A nurse from Saskatchewan becomes the first woman in history to have a Canadian ship named after her. Read about brave Margaret Brooke here. www.elinorflorence.com/blog/. . .

    Elinor FlorenceOctober 19, 2016

  • A family tradition

    Métis soldier Ben Ballendine returned to Battleford after the Second World War without seeing his baby son. He never knew that both his son and his grandson followed the family tradition and joined. . .

    Elinor FlorenceSeptember 23, 2016

  • My favourite veterans

    Former Battleford boy Stocky Edwards and his wife Toni are pictured on the cover of Elinor Florence’s new book called My Favourite Veterans: True Stories of World War Two’s Hometown Heroes! Click. . .

    Elinor FlorenceAugust 25, 2016

  • Morse code whiz

    When Merle Taylor joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, she proved to be such a whiz at Morse Code that she was assigned to train the air crews. Now almost 93, she still practises her dots . . .

    Elinor FlorenceJuly 20, 2016

  • RCAF photographer

    Ruth Owen Whitelegg trained as an RCAF photographer and left behind an album filled with fascinating snapshots of her days on an air training base. To see more from News-Optimist columnist . . .

    Elinor FlorenceJune 18, 2016

  • Charlie and Jack Light: Brotherly love Between Battleford boys

    Aug. 4, 2014 is the 100th Anniversary of Canada's entry in World War One. For almost one hundred years, a story has circulated in our family about how my grandfather's life was saved on the . . .

    Elinor FlorenceJuly 30, 2014

  • Stocky Edwards: fighter ace, family man

    Canada's greatest living fighter ace, 93-year-old Stocky Edwards, is a legend in aviation circles. But at heart, he's just a simple boy from Battleford. I visited Stocky and his wife Toni last . . .

    By Elinor FlorenceJuly 15, 2014