I came across a reference to George Grimshaw while researching a book on Griffintown, an old Irish neighbourhood in Montreal. The reference was in a collection of newsletters written for servicemen in World War II by the Griffintown Club. It is only a brief mention in a list of updates on their locations:
The quote from Grif News No. 11, Feb. 1944, reads: "George Grimshaw is now reported POW in Japan. He was with the Royal Rifles in Hong Kong. He was taken prisoner on Christmas day 1941 and nothing was heard from him until Sept. 11, 1943. His letter, mailed, June 11, 1942, says he is in good health and passed the time by playing softball and volleyball."
I have been trying to find out what happened to him and to other members of the Griffintown Club who served in the war.
Do you think this might be your grandfather?
Lovell's Montreal Street Directory for 1940 lists two George Grimshaws, one on Seigneurs St., the other on Quesnel St. There was also a Charles Grimshaw at the Seigneurs St. address.
I am learning all over again in my reading how much we owe the brave war veterans like your grandfather,
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