Lest we Forget

In this part of our website we should like to pay tribute to a few Canadian soldiers who either served in or transited through Tweedsmuir Camp during World War Two and are interred at Brookwood Military Cemetery.

This page is organised in date order.

B 51623 Sergeant G Spencer

Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment)

9 February 1942, Age 38

B 52219 Private FL Wayner

Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment)

2 March 1943, Age 32

On 6 March Lt. Col. Lent (then commanding 1 NETD) wrote to Private Wayner's wife:

Dear Mrs Wayner,

You will have heard by now the news of the tragic death of your husband, a loss which must be made greater through occurring so far from home. I wish to offer you my deepest sympathy.

Frank was buried at Three O'Clock this afternoon in Brookwood cemetery. Brookwood is the cemetery where Canadians in the last war, as in this, have been laid to rest. A special part of it is laid aside for Canadians. It is a large cemetery near Woking in Surrey, not far from London.

The coffin was borne by eight of his friends, and the service was conducted by Hon. Capt. McNeill, United Church Chaplain to the Forces. The Last Post and Reveille were sounded over the grave by Pte. WV Wright of the Lorne Scots. The pallbearers were: L/Cpl. H Kingsley, L/Cpl. J Stephens, Pte. RJ Jarvis, Pte. L Reece, Pte. AA McMullen, Pte. J Howey, Pte. J Norton and Pte. WO Gravowski.

At the inquest yesterday the Coroner returned a verdict of "Accidental Death". Your husband's personal effects are being sent to Officer i/c Estates; he will forward them to you in due course.

Frank has been with us at this unit since August last year and he will be missed by many friends he had made here. At the time of his death he had been working in the Officers' Mess and the sincerity with which he was regarded by his fellow soldiers was shown today by the number of officers,mess staff and others at the funeral. He was liked by all who came in contact with him.

If there is any more information I can give you about the funeral or about Frank himself, please let me know.


RW Lent, Lt. Col.

Officer Commanding No. 1 Cdn. NETD (Lorne Scots)

{1 Canadian Non-Effective Transit Depot / Lorne Scots War Diary / January to December 1943 - The National Archives (PRO)}

Private OR Anderson

Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

6 March 1943

Private Anderson died in hospital while waiting to be repatriated to Canada. From the 1 NETD War Diaries it is unclear whether Anderson served in Tweedsmuir Camp.

B 93774 Sergeant FR Comery

Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

13 October 1943, Age 53

Sgt. Comery was buried at Brookwood Cemetery on 16 October.

"Present were Lt. Col. Lent, A/Major MS McAlpine, Capt. JW Negru (Medical Officer), his mother and sister, and eight pallbearers from the Sergeants' Mess. Last Post and Reveille blown. Capt. C Storey officiated."

{1 Canadian Non-Effective Transit Depot / Lorne Scots War Diary / January to December 1943 - The National Archives (PRO)}