Remembering Francis John Pound


I would appreciate any info you could send me, as my mom  is still alive, she was 15 when he died. they were very close and she doesn’t know much.

Francis John Pound  will be remembered…


His service  record  file  is now  available  on  Ancestry.

Click here.

Francis  is also  remembered  here, but even more here.


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      1. Found on the Internet
        H 15200 The Honourable Gilles Lamontagne

        In May 1941 Gilles Lamontagne left his studies at Montreal’s École des Hautes Études Commerciales to volunteer for service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Qualifying as a pilot in February of the following year, he was soon on his way to join a bomber squadron in Great Britain. Little could he have imagined the experiences that awaited him over the next three years.

        On March 13, 1943, while returning home after completing a bombing mission over the German city of Essen, Lamontagne’s Wellington bomber was attacked and shot down over Holland by a German night fighter. Lamontagne struggled to keep control of the aircraft long enough to enable his crew to bail out, and then managed to exit the bomber himself. For his gallantry in action on that night, in January 1945 Lamontagne was awarded a “Mention in Dispatches” by King George VI.

        Two days after his aircraft was shot down, Lamontagne was captured by the Gestapo and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft III in Germany. In early 1945, during the depths of the most brutal winters Germany had experienced in 50 years, he became one of the over 250,000 other Allied POW’s who were compelled embark upon the now-infamous “Long March”. Forced to walk for days on end without adequate food, clothing, or shelter, those who endured the Long March are survivors of one of the most barbarous examples of Nazi cruelty ever displayed towards Allied POW’s.

        Liberated by the British 9th Armoured Division in early May 1945, Lamontagne returned to Canada that summer and embarked upon a successful career in business while continuing to serve in the RCAF primary reserve. In the early 1960’s he was persuaded to enter public life, and subsequently went on to serve three terms as Mayor of Quebec City. Elected as a Liberal MP in 1977, he held several Cabinet portfolios, including Postmaster-General, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. Following his retirement from Federal politics, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Quebec from 1984 to 1990.

        Mr. Lamontange has had a longstanding affiliation with RMC. As Minister of National Defence in the Trudeau Cabinet he served as Chancellor of the College, and from 1996 to 2001 he served as Chairman of RMC’s Board of Governors. His many contributions to Canada were recognized with the awarding of honorary doctorates from both RMC in1986 and later CMR in 1989.

        “On May 6, after we had been marching for about 35 or 40 days after leaving the POW camp, we got up to discover that no guards were around, apparently the Germans had decided to flee during the night. At that point, we were about 50 miles from Lubeck. Not long afterwards, we could hear the British troops approaching, and when they arrived, we knew we were finally free.

        We were rushed by aircraft to Brussels, and that’s where I spent V-E Day. We were lodged in an army barracks, and told to stay there. For me, it was the first free day I had had in what seemed like an eternity.

        When it started to sink in that the war was really over, my first thought was that something horrible was finished, thank God I’m here. I started to wonder about my own future, and wanted to go back to Canada as soon as possible. I started to think about my friends, and in particular, about my crew. After I was sent back to England, we had a reunion in the spring of 1945.

        I spent about three weeks in England, after which I was sent back to Canada by ship. One of the things I started to appreciate was just how much the war had changed Canada as a nation. It was a period when all of us were united with singleminded determination, and everyone was talking about fighting for the cause of democracy and freedom.

        There’s no doubt in my mind that the war set the stage for the dramatic transformation of Canada in the years that followed. It was an experience that gave us freedoms and opportunities that almost no other country could match. But at the same time, I think it helped us to understand that to use freedom wisely, both individuals and societies must be willing to accept the responsibilities that go with it. They must be prepared to exercise integrity, discipline, and initiative, and be willing to take charge of their own destinies.

        When I think back about what we can learn through Canada’s experiences in the war, I think one of the key lessons has to be that negotiation is always better than conflict. Canadians performed heroically in the two World Wars and in Korea, but we are not a military people by nature and in fact I believe that in many ways Canada as a nation has an aversion to all things military. We have our own brand of patriotism, and I believe it is one that values compromise and consensus over armed conflict.

        When you stop and think about it, Canadians have had to exist in a state of almost ongoing negotiation in order to maintain a unified country. But one thing the war did teach us was, it showed us what we as a nation can accomplish when we act with unity of purpose. That’s a lesson I really do hope will not be lost on future generations of Canadians.

        I spent 27 months as a POW. Every day I thank God for keeping me alive. Every day I thank God that I am a Canadian.”

    1. Thank you very much for including Francis. J. Pound. If you come across any more info please advise me. Thanks again

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