England, Eddie

Eddie England Jr. was born in Portsmouth, England, to parents Edward and Beatrice (Major) England. The youngest of 3 siblings, his sisters were Vera and Beatrice. Edward Sr., having served in the Royal Marines, obtained a farm through the VLA in Brownlee SK. Sailing from Liverpool England on the Montclare on March 6, 1926, the family landed at St. John’s NB, and took a train to Saskatchewan. But the farm in Saskatchewan was not what they hoped for, so in 1930 they moved to Spirit River AB. Eddie and Beatrice attended school in Spirit River. The family took a homestead 5 miles south of Spirit River and built a log house. In 1937, Eddie’s father took another homestead in Willowvale where Eddie finished his schooling. He worked for awhile for a man called Eugene Dion, before joining the Army in WW II.

After a while, Eddie transferred to the Navy. During that time he met and married Norma Taylor. Transferring once again, to the Air Force, the couple was stationed in Germany. They had 4 children: Shelley, Darrell, and Randy who were born in Canada, and Cindy born in Germany. After moving back to Canada, they stayed with the Air Force for a few more years. They moved to Prince George and Eddie worked as a steam engineer at the Air Base.

Source: Memories and Moments pp. 170 – 171 (Photos p. 171), p. 277 (photo in uniform)