Trotter, Al

Trotter, Al

Al was born in 1922 and lives in Kamloops. He fought in Europe as a pilot where he flew 44 missions before being shot down after a bombing raid on the Opel Car Works in Russelsheim, Germany. He spent 268 days in a prisoner of war. Al endured interrogation, torture and was one of the soldiers involved in the 1,000-mile march from Breslau to Bremen, before finally being freed by Allied forces in 1945. He served the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years, taking on many duties until he retired as a Lt. Col. in 1970. But his battles weren’t over. Al didn’t know about a pension supplement that had been set up for veteran POWs in 1976. When he did learn about the supplement in 1991, it took 13 years to get money owed him. He credits MP Betty Hinton for her assistance. “Betty has been working awfully hard. I give her a lot of credit.”

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Matthews, Meryl

Matthews, Meryl

Meryl Matthews (Wain) was born on October 16, 1911 in Kamloops and has lived her entire life here. During the Second World War, she worked in the medical corps. After the war, she went to work at the Sentinel Newspaper she became women’s page editor, and later the city editor. In 1948, she married Fred Matthews. From 1963 to 1972 they ran the MM Garden Shop downtown from April to June. Meryl Matthews is a Charter member of the Kamloops Garden Club and Soroptimist International of Kamloops. She was elected alderman in 1972 before the 1973 amalgamation and re-elected twice after amalgamation. She served on numerous boards and was the first woman to receive the Freeman of the City Award. She currently resides at Cariboo Manor, a seniors care facility, in Westsyde. What a lady! … a Kamloops politician, volunteer and gardener extraordinaire. (from Rachel Long)

Fulton. John

Fulton. John

“Moose” was born in 1912, the eldest son of Frederick John Fulton, who arrived in Kamloops in 1889. The elder Fulton was a member of the BC Legislature from 1900 to 1909. his wife was the daughter of A.E.B. Davie of Victoria, a former premier of BC. John Fulton was a native son of Kamloops. On May 29, 1944 the Kamloops Airfield was dedicated by the Governor-General of Canada, Earl of Athlone, in honour of Wing Commander Fulton. Highlights of Fulton’s career included the great “1,000 plane” raids on Cologne, Bremen and the Ruhr and the conquering of the German Baltic Port of Rostock. On the return journey from one raid on the Kiel Naval Base, his Manchester bomber was shot and he was forced to make an emergency landing back in England. Fulton and his Squadron always returned to the Naval Base, without loss. (From website)