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For a little fun, this year's ShiloBrats home page Christmas project will include photos of you with your Christmas tree. Take a photo (even a selfie) posing with your Christmas tree and send it to ShiloBrats email (posted above), ladies include your maiden name, and we will add your Christmas Spirit to ShiloBrats home page photo rotation up to December 30. Check daily for new photos.

Added: December 10, 2017
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Howdy from us Westies.
William 'Bump' Murphy here. An early Merry Christmas to all.
I have not been on in a bit. ..My Mum Dad and all the children of William Geo. Murphy/Audrey Murphy including Ernie. William. Gale. Larry. Roseanne and Guy lived at number 7 Ubique up until summer of 1960 or so. Long time and good friends of all other Ubique residents. Should be advised for the 'brats' site of that fact (# 7).
My bother Ernie ( deceased) played on the Shilo Bruins hockey I believe the team was called. My Dad and Mum ran the coffee stand at Sports Palace. ....We lived in H -Huts before first small PMQ across camp before moving to freshly built larger houses. We had coal furnaces in the first one we lived in. Went to nursery school in that house. ..My Dad was one of the bus drivers from the Transport Motor Poole section.
Brrrrrr. All of us camp brats spent a lot of time in them there winters fighting snow fences and snow drifts. ....Summers were hot and do not know whether the bugs or the ' foggers' of DDT. chems or whatever it was that sprayed the homes and streets was the lesser of evil. Gopher hunting and catching grasshoppers.
Waggle Springs was only a place where my Dad would take me on some weekends to help 'Jack' fish.
My Dad was bartender at Sgt's mess so I helped him clean the mess dirty tables and cigarette ashtray and cans on Sat and Sunday morn..
I certainly remember many names. The guys mostly. Chris Evoy and a couple of the Martin boys were our best friends. As were the Findlay boys. The Whitings were across street form us. Funny that now I cannot remember the name of our neighbors in our duplex.
Anyway just checking in to let you know we were there at good 'ol # 7.
Chuckle. True story here. My Dad had a hot temper and my brother Ernie aquired a ' Bowie' knife against his wishes. Dad promptly punched a hole in the gyproc wall just before where you would walk up the stairs. He tossed in the knife and holster and plastered back up the hole. Knife was probably still there when they knocked down # 7. I have many stories like that one. ..Mum Dad and all us kids living there.
We put the first grass on that slip of property. Each family was responsible for their own half. Drives and garage were done after that.
later Wm.


Added: December 1, 2017
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Thanks Mike, fixed now.

Added: November 25, 2017
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Thanks for the reply directing me back to the 60s info but not the amount of info etc as there was when it was 50/60 combined page. I guess the early - mid 50s group is getting smaller as most of us are moving on.

In the Shilo Little League - 1956 Red Sox photo on the pre 60s sports page, I am incorrectly identified as being in this photo. I left Shilo during the summer of 1957 after grade 6. This is probably a 1957 photo taken after I was gone.
Thanks
Mike :)


Added: November 23, 2017
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What happened to the 50s/60s page and the all links to the information and pics etc that had been posted by members?

Added: November 23, 2017
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Hi again-I have been going through the site and have found it really interesting. There was a picture of the Honest John Missile, my Dad was part of NATO and working on that and the Hawk Missile, we were posted to El Paso and Shilo, for that and he was posted to Fort Churchill without us for over a year. I was looking at the maps and pictures, there are honestly big trees now, because when I lived there there was nothing. I remember having to get my Father's written permission for any soldier who dated me. I only dated one, Gary Emery. My Dad was very strict. Can anyone out there remember when the PMs were patrolling the streets and there was a curfew and you would always have to show the written letter, (if you were with a young soldier). As I said previously, we obeyed the rules, not like today. The pictures of the houses bring back so many memories, good and bad, I remember them so differently, haha. My husband brought me back to Camp Picton, (I kept bragging about what angreat place it had been, I should have never returned. It was no longer a base, the houses had been sold and really not looked after and the feeling I had when we drove away was sad and I started to cry. This was not the place I had called home so many times, I should have JUST lived with my memories. Haha Thanks again for letting me yack, there is so much to go through on your site, it was really a great idea to have.

Added: November 15, 2017
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Hi Everyone-I just discovered this site and was surprised to see the 1963 Yearbook with my picture. It certainly brings back a lot of fantastic memories. I had a crush on Dennis Good, and I dated a soldier by the name of Gary Emery (super guy). My Dad then was posted to Ottawa, Lahr and Larkhill, England, Ottawa. As a PROUD ARMY BRAT, we just made friends fast, because we never knew when we would be posted or where. It certainly isn't like that today, some kids never get to travel like we did. Yes, it affected my schooling and friendships going from Picton, El Paso, Ottawa, El Paso, Picton, Ottawa, El Paso, Picton, Ottawa, Shilo, Ottawa, Lahr, Larkhill, Ottawa, BUT, I saw the world, learned that a lot of civilians hated us, that Americans didn't know where Canada was, but all in all, I wouldn't have changed one thing. I am still an Army Brat, and will be till I die. Haha You don't get that these days, the Camps are nothing like we had back then. We all stuck together through thick and thin. I remember going to Brandon, Saturday mornings on the Army bus with the Gang, and having civilians spit at us or throw eggs or tomatoes. Remember, we weren't the HEROS that they make out the soldiers are today. Well, I am here to say, our Mothers didn't talk to the press, they gave up their careers (my Mum was a Canadian Nursing Sister, four years of University), when there was a probkem with the running around when the husbands were on scheme, it was dealt with right away, by the CO No one went and squealed to the press, we were a close knit group and we all protected each other, no matter what. Our Father's were heros to many of us and I certainly know mine was to me.

Added: November 14, 2017
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Mrs. Reid, my Grade 4 teacher at Greenwood School, And teacher to many of us, served in the Canadian Women's Army Corps during WW2. The Canadian Women's Army Corps was a non-combatant branch of the Canadian Army for women established during the Second World War to release men from those non-combatant roles in the Canadian armed forces as part of expanding Canada's war effort. Most women served in Canada but some served overseas. My mother also served in the CWAC. I posted a Special Edition on the web site a few years ago entitled "Snaps & Scraps of my Service Days" if anyone is interested to know more about the CWAC during WW2.

Added: November 13, 2017
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On Remembrance Day, like many of us, i think of my parents, both veterans, my two grandfathers, also veterans, and the many parents of my childhood friends, most of whom were veterans.

I also think of Mr. Rumble, my grade 10 teacher, not sure which subject. He was the only ww1 veteran i had as a teacher, or at least i think so. I remember him as a polite and articulate man, and he seemed so old. Younger than i am now i expect.

Thank you one and all for being role models for all of us.


Added: November 11, 2017
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Cameron Haggerty - a name out of the mists of time. It will be good to renew acquaintances.

Added: November 7, 2017
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