Photo Album, John "Jack" Chapple Tate and Mary (Welsh) Tate, July 1940, May 1941-June 1942
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- Dark brown photo album with a rectangular gold embossed tree on the front top left corner, and a piece of paper taped to the front top right corner labeled: “May 1941 – June 1942 Tate W Wedding July 20/40“. Black paper pages with black triangular corners securing each photograph to the pages.
The photo album was owned and compiled by either John “Jack” Chapple Tate and/or Mary (Welsh) Tate. Jack was a Flight Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and served from June 1941 to June 1942 with the Royal Air Force 407 “Demon” Squadron under the Coastal Command in England; when he returned to Canada he was stationed at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
The photographs depict Jack’s embarkation from Canada at the Halifax Depot, his crewmembers and they’re journey across the Atlantic, the multiple places in England they were stationed, and where they took their leaves. There are also photographs of Jack’s wife Mary (Welsh) Tate in Ayr, Brant County, Brantford, and Yarmouth. The last photograph in the album depicts Jack Tate and Mary Welsh on their wedding day on 20 July 1940.
2017EG001.045.1: R.A.F. CAMP, 9 Mi INLAND REYJEVIK
2017EG001.045.2: EMBARKATION DEPOT, HALIFAX
2017EG001.045.33: CONNIE, SUTHERLAND, MULLEN, SINGLETON / WALLY, BROWN, HERBERT, WILKINS
2017EG001.045.46: WALLY CREEDEN
2017EG001.045.51: BACK – SPICER, RICHARD, TATE, BRANTER, McCRUM / FRONT – PARKS, BRIAN, COOK, CONLIN, MEREDITH
2017EG001.045.61: JACK’S plane at Thorney Is.
2017EG001.045.66: JACK [wearing a Royal Canadian Air Force "teddy bear" flying suit]
- John “Jack” Chapple Tate was the youngest of three children of George R. and Gertrude Louise [Chapple] Tate, born in Paris, Ontario on 19 January 1911. He grew up at 79 Walnut Street, and attended Paris Central Public School, Paris District High School, and St. James Anglican Church. His sister Lucy Margaret Tate was a teacher at Paris Central School, and his brother George R. Tate was a foreman at the Gypsum, Lime & Alabaster plant in Caledonia.
Jack served as a Corporal in the 10th Brant Dragoons from 1925 to 1928 and in the Royal Canadian Dragoons for a month in 1925. He attended Brantford Business College from 1927 to 1928 taking book keeping, and worked as a grocery clerk for the following two years. He began working at Gypsum, Lime & Alabaster in 1930 and became a foreman a year later, working over the next ten years at the Paris and Caledonia branches.
In July 1940, he married Mary Kathleen Welsh of Ayr, Ontario. The couple lived at 78 Sheridan Street in Brantford. On 22 July 1940, Jack enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Hamilton. In the “Special Qualifications, Hobbies, etc., useful to the R.C.A.F.” section of his attestation papers, he writes: “I have no fear in the air and delight in aerobatics, tail spins etc. I have several times frightened the instructor as he will testify.” World War II Service Records reveal that he had applied to enlist in the RCAF in Hamilton September 1939, but the application was lost.
He trained at Camp Borden, Regina, Montreal, Debert, and Jarvis, receiving his Wireless Air Gunner’s wings and promotion to a Sergeant on 25 April 1941. In June 1941, he served overseas in the No. 407 “Demon” Long Range Patrol Squadron under the Royal Air Force Coastal Command. Based around England, the Demons’ used the Lockheed Hudson, operating as a “strike” squadron, attacking enemy shipping from September 1941 to January 1943. Jack took part in 43 operational flights, and his immediate crew was credited with destroying four ships in six attacks. Of the 54 Canadian members of the 407 Squadron to serve overseas during the Second World War, Tate was one of seventeen to return home.
On 28 April 1942, Jack received his commission as a Pilot Officer, and returned to Canada on 16 June 1942. He was posted to Yarmouth where he trained as a radio officer, and carried out flight operations along the St Lawrence Valley. During this positing, Mary moved to Yarmouth to join Jack, and assisted the local war effort by driving a military ambulance.
While temporarily stationed at Mont-Joli, Jack along with three crewmembers performed an anti-submarine patrol off the coast of Labrador during the early hours of 14 October 1942. Around 5:30 am, their Hudson aircraft fatally crashed near Chandler, Quebec. A lumberjack working in the area heard the explosion, and the site was discovered after three days of searching. The cause of the accident was unknown, although the investigation records suggest the port motor caught fire while in flight, and the aircraft was at too low of an altitude to bail out. Thirteen days prior to his death, Jack was promoted to the rank of Flying Officer.
Tate was buried with full military honours by the Royal Canadian Air Force in his home town of Paris, Ontario. A military funeral procession was led from St. James Anglican Church, down Grand River Street, along William Street, to the St. James Anglican Church Cemetery. John Chapple Tate’s name appears on the Second World War Memorial Plaque displayed at the Paris District High School.
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- Date Of Event
- 20 July 1940; May 1941 - June 1942
- Personal Name(s)
- Tate, John "Jack" Chapple
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Latitude: 43.2834 Longitude: -80.44968
Latitude: 43.1334 Longitude: -80.26636
Latitude: 44.26821 Longitude: -79.91136
Wales, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51.78333 Longitude: -3.2
England, United Kingdom
Latitude: 53 Longitude: -2
Nova Scotia, Canada
Latitude: 44.65015 Longitude: -63.5987
Latitude: 43.2 Longitude: -80.38333
Capital Region, Iceland
Latitude: 64.1184 Longitude: -21.85799
England, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51.61667 Longitude: -0.1
England, United Kingdom
Latitude: 50.81667 Longitude: -0.91667
Nova Scotia, Canada
Latitude: 43.83345 Longitude: -66.11557
- M. Eleanor (Tate) Gloster
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- Photo Album, John "Jack" Chapple Tate and Mary (Welsh) Tate, July 1940, May 1941 - June 1942, M. Eleanor Gloster. 2017EG001.045.
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