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Dateline Cowichan: Men and women sign up for the war effort
The Second World War had only just begun, and locals were enthusiastically enlisting to fight in Europe. Volunteerism was so high that recruiting was deferred early in October 1939 for the 62nd Field Battery and A Co., 2nd Battalion Canadian Scottish, both garrisoned in Duncan.
Eager to do its part in chronicling the war effort, the Leader announced each local enlistment. Among those listed that week were G. Radcliff, M. Rowbottom, C. L. Hawley, A. Mainwaring, R. F. Hayman, Jack Clements, Peter Annandale and A. deC. Denny, all scattering across Canada.
Meanwhile, Cowichan women had begun to register for voluntary service in case of emergency.
“They will join the women of Britain in proving that patriotism and ability are not confined to men,” nodded the Leader.
With national registration designed to reach every woman in Canada, committees were formed in every community, no matter how tiny. At a meeting of the Cowichan committee, headed by Maple Bay Road’s Mrs. D. A. Girvin, in the Alderlea Tea Rooms, residents learned the region had been divided into more than 20 districts. The list, including the communities of Vimy and Deerholme/Glenora, instructed women how to register.
Cowichan sportsmen who were members of Cowichan Fish and Game Association were granted the right to shoot over 5,000 acres of Indian (sic) reserve land. The association said it would prosecute anyone shooting there without a permit.
An unnamed motorist was fined $50 and $3.75 costs after pleading guilty to “driving in a manner dangerous to the public.” He lost control on the Koksilah bridge and smashed sideways into a car driven by Mr. Hamish Mutter, tearing its fabric roof.
Mining prospectors were investigating the El Capitan and Silverleaf copper-gold properties owned by Cowichan syndicates located near one another at the head of Cottonwood Creek at Youbou.