Private Olliver Cole
Cape Breton Highlanders
Liberator of the Netherlands
Military Heritage of Summerside
The Military presence in Summerside began in 1941 when no.9
service flying training school was established to train
personnel for action in WWII. Later no.1 general
reconnaissance school RCAF Station and finally Canadian
Forces base Summerside were intergral parts of the community
until it was closed in 1989. Thousands of Canadian men and
women have called Summerside home while posted here during
Summerside volunteers served with distinction in the great
war, WWII and Korea. This mural celebrates the rich military
tradition of this community and is dedicated in honor of its
many veterans who served so courageously during time of war.
veterans illustrated represent the many that have served.
Also depicted are the ensignia and ships of the merchant
navy, including the Corvet HMCS Summerside.
Flying officer Charles E. Monty completed two tours
of operation over enemy territory as a rear gunner with
bomber group. The survival rate for such service was
atrociously low. Flying mostly in Halifax bombers, Monty
received the distinguished flying cross from King George VI.
Company Sergeant Major Harry J. Bishop served with
the North Nova Highlanders in France, Holland, Germany and
Africa, where he was wounded. Bishop received the military
medal from Alexander of Tunis for conspicuous gallantry in
action at the battle of Bienen, Germany.
Nursing sister Bea Rankin sailed from Halifax in 1943
on the Queen Elizabeth along with 27000 other passengers.
She served at the 10th general hospital near London,
England. In 1944 she was transferred to France and then to
Antwerp and Bruges, Belgium where she served until the War's
Captain Fred T. Peters joined the British Navy in
1905 at the age of 16 and served in both world wars. He
ranks as the most decorated island veteran and the only
native islander to be awarded the Victoria Cross. His VC was
for valour while serving as captain of the American Coast
Guard Cutter Wainey (on loan to the british army) during the
WWII battle of Oran. Peters also received the distinguished
services order, the distinguished Services Cross and Bar,
the US distinguished Services Cross and an Italian
The merchant navy suffered heavy loss of life while manning
inarmed ships engaged in accompanying supply convoys to
Europe. They were at the mercy of German submarines
operating in the North Atlantic. The heavist casualties
occured in 1942 during the battle of the Atlantic