James Graeme Mohan, Boer War Veteran

Huronia Museum is very pleased to announce that it has acquired the service medal of James Mohan who volunteered for active military duty in South Africa in 1901-02 and served again with the South African Constabulary in 1903. He originally joined the Canadian Artillery Battery D as a gunner and served in several campaigns including Cape Colony, Orange Free State, and South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. Some 7,638 Canadians and 12 nurses served in this war.

This is the first “Boer War” medal the museum has ever acquired. Gary French spotted the medal on Ebay and was able to neogtiate a fair purchase price from the owner, Richard McDonald of Bellevue, Washington, USA.  Anyone who wouldlike to “help” with the purchase please contact Jamie Hunter, Curator, Huronia Museum at 705 526-2844 or director@huroniamuseum.com

Memorial Crosses – Pilot Officer L. D. Bowman

Memorial Crosses – Pilot Officer L. D. BowmanThe Huronia Museum recently acquired memorial crosses from World War II that were given to the family of a Midland man. L. B. Bowman.

Boston IIi bomber edit bw for hm blogPilot Officer Lloyd Douglas Bowman was a crew member of a Boston III light attack bomber # Z-2283 (also known in US Forces as the Douglas A-20 Havoc) that failed to return from a mission on 10 June 1942 and presumed lost to enemy action. Three other crew members were lost as well, two RAF and another RCAF crew member that was an American from New Jersey. Bowman was from Midland, Ontario. All four have no known grave and their names are found on the Runnymede Memorial. They were members of the 107th RAF Squadron.

Huronia Museum wishes to acknowledge the generosity of  Andy Fraser of Hawkstone, ON and L.D. Bowman of Coldwater, ON for all their assistance and generosity in seeing these objects coming to the collections of Huronia Museum.

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The silver cross with ribbon was given to Bowman’s mother, Levinia Bowman. The silver cross with bar was given to his wife, Ethel.

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Bowman’s decorations: left to right: 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-45

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Bowman’s flight log

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Bowman’s diary

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Consolation card from the KIng

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Bowman’s uniform badges

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photographs by Huronia Museum Communications Volunteer William J. Gibson