NO. 5

Published at the Hespeler, Ontario Plant of Dominion Woollens and Worsteds, Limited


Edith Neighbauer
W300878 AW1
Edith Neighbauer

H.Q. Rockcliffe Station
Ottawa, Ont.

Enlisting on February 11, 1942 with the Women’s Division, Royal Canadian Air Force, Edith Neighbauer had the honor of being the second girl from D. W. & W. staff to enter His Majesty’s Service. Today there are six D. W. & W. girls in the services, three in the Army, three in the Air Force, and, as yet, none in the Navy.

Born in Hespeler during World War I, Edith is on active service in World War II. Until enlisting she made Hespeler her home town, where she attended Public School. Later she attended night school in Preston for a few winters.

On leaving school she joined the sewing room staff of D. W. & W. Knit Goods department where for five years she was a hand finisher of knitted outerwear garments. In 1935 she was transferred to the Cloth Finishing staff and worked first as a cloth specker and then as a cloth examiner, which work she was engaged in, at the time of her enlistment.

Sewing, knitting and reading were all indoor hobbies of Edith’s while of the outdoor sports she enjoyed skating in particular. She was also a member of her church choir for some time.

On April 17, 1942, Edith was a member of the graduating class of airwomen cooks at the R.C.A.F. cooking school at Guelph, and is now attached to the Rockcliffe Station, at Ottawa.

Third Victory Loan Success

D. W. & W. Employees Pledge One Eighth of Pay to Buy Bonds

D. W. & W. employees, given the largest quota they have yet been asked to reach in Victory Loan campaigns, secured their objective on the third day of the loan. In this campaign the objectives of all industrial employees were set on the same basis. The loan is intended to cover a twenty-five week period and industrial employees were asked to subscribe in the form of bonds or war savings certificates 12 ½% of their earnings for the twenty-five weeks. The fact that D. W. & W. reached its objective means that as a whole they have pledged one eighth on their pay to help win the war and this entirely apart from the compulsory savings included in income tax. Practically every one of the fifty concerns in South Waterloo employing more than fifty people have done likewise. As this is written the campaign is still in progress but there is every indication that Victory Bonds alone will account for almost one eighth of D. W. & W. pays and that War Savings Certificates will raise the total pledged to one seventh. Beyond the facts it does not seem necessary to comment. Surely this shows we mean business.

We have not raised this money without putting the screws on our friends and our neighbours. We make no apology for it and we will do the same next time. But now is the time for you to insist that all be treated alike and that savings bank depositors with idle funds vegetating at 1 ½ per cent get some real pressure and not just a polite letter from their bank manager. Why should they not be brought down to the bank and put on the carpet? We can take it and so can they.

Lunchroom Becomes Cafeteria

Gladys Johnstone, Marie Jones and Elizabeth Crane. Lunchroom Renovated to offer Food Service

Gladys Johnstone, Marie Jones and Elizabeth Crane staff the new equipment that turns the lunchroom into a cafeteria.

Victory Loan Campaign

Captain Wilkins of the Toronto Scottish Regiment addresses workers at DWW

The Third Victory Loan campaign got off to a good start at D. W & W. on Monday afternoon, October 19th, when Captain Wilkins (above) an officer of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, who took part in the Dieppe raid and has now returned to Canada to enter the parachute battalion, addressed five mass meetings in the plant.

In his address he told of the less publicized reasons for the raid on Dieppe, stating that the purpose was to gain information on equipment, fortifications, the morale of the occupation troops and the French civilians, and demolition of plants and military stores. He added that perhaps the greatest result of the raid on Dieppe was testing of the Canadian troops who proved their worth as real fighting men, he said, and are well worthy of your support.’

Capt. Wilkins also spoke of the 100 per cent co-operation of the Navy and Air Force with the Army at Dieppe. 

Mr. Karl Homuth of Preston introduced the speaker and stressed the importance of the Victory Loan in Canada’s war effort.


Bonner-Worth Mill, D. W. & W.’s Peterborough branch, were reported at eight o’clock in the morning of the first day of the loan as the first industrial canvass in Canada to reach their objective.

D. W. & W. Exceeds Victory Loan Quota

Subscriptions Up To November 1st Total $60,750

According to the statement on the progress of the campaign released at November’s meeting of the Works Council D. W. & W. has once again gone over the top. Reports submitted at the November meeting show the total sales up to Nov. 1st at $60,750, the official objective for D. W. & W. being $56,050. In comparing results of this campaign with the last campaign, it was pointed out that while only 44 per cent of employees subscribed in the last loan, 66 per cent of employees subscribed to this loan, an increase of 50 per cent.

Council decided to hold the draw for the prizes in connection with the campaign, on Monday, November 9th at 5.30 p.m. in the lunch room.

Reports of Christmas Savings club Fund indicated that some $15,000 would be ready for distribution to depositors on December 9th. Council discussed the advisability of continuing the fund in 1943. However, after some discussion a motion was passed that the fund be continued in 1943 if the necessary arrangements can be made, and that weekly deductions be continued without a break after distribution of fund next month so that members could accumulate 52 weekly deposits for the end of next year.

The matter of lighting the parking lot was again brought before the meeting. It was pointed out that no action has been taken on this matter in view of the shortage of electricity. Members were of the opinion that this poorly lighted corner constituted a severe accident hazard, and suggested that a light on the corner of the parking lot would provide sufficient lighting.

Council received requests for men’s dressing room in Worsted Spinning Dept.; fountain bowls to be kept clean ; check to be made on bonus rates for Worsted Spinning & Twisting Depts.; maintaining sufficient aisle space for trucking through Wet Finishing & Cloth Dryer room.


Army……………………. 81
Air force ………….…… 54
Navy………..……………. 7

Letters from the Boys

The Editor:

Received your August edition of D. W. & W. News along with the cigarettes. Would you pass on my thanks for both this and the last issue of cigarettes please? I’m truly thankful.

Your paper certainly “pops out” some good surprises. The big surprise from this edition is that Pte. James Reid can really write. He managed a letter to you, but does he ever drop me a line? No! Just wait until I bump into him.

Everything is fine over here as far as I can see, but I’m getting short sighted. I’m on a course at present—the third since arriving here and am mainly glad to be here because it’s a great change from the mud-hole I just left, as far as food and quarters go.

All the Hespeler fellows in our regiment are well represented—in some most uncommon ways, too, so we won’t let you down.

It was in my mind to give you a real piece of poetry to publish, but it wouldn’t be fair to the amateurs—not mentioning any names of course.

This is beginning to be more than a “letter of thanks’ so I’d better scram before I commit myself. Cheerio and thanks again very much. All the best.


A35344 Bdr. George Oliver,
16th Field Batty.,
12th Fd. Reg, R.C.A.
Canadian Army Overseas.


Clarence Bartels and Ernest Jardine. Their fires must never burn out

Clarence Bartels and Ernest Jardine. Their fires must never burn out.

Letters from the Boys

The Editor:

Many thanks for the copy of D. W. & W. NEWS which I received today. I did not know that the old Firm was publishing a paper or I should have asked to have my name put on the mailing list long ago. Hope you can spare me a copy every month from now on.

Thanks, too, for the welcome shipments of cigarettes, one of which arrived last Monday. They really mean something over here as the local smokes are scarce, expensive and not up to our standard.

Shall not make this (my first “letter to the editor”) too long, but perhaps at a later date, may come again with some of my experiences, which may interest some other readers—in thirty months in England, one has had some odd ones.

Once again, thanks for the paper and the smokes. Best wishes to all.

Yours truly,
B.S.M. Giroux J.L.
1st Medium Regt., R.C.A.
Canadian Army Overseas.

The Editor:

I received your very welcome parcel of cigarettes today and thought it best to write as soon as possible and let you know I received them O.K. and of course to thank you very much.

I haven’t received the mill paper since I arrived in England but the ones I did receive came in handy as I found a few addresses and got in touch with the fellows. In one of your future editions you could say hello to my friends throughout the mill for me. There are too many to mention but there is one for each and every one.

Well time is limited so will have to close for this time and hope to be back soon and see the old bunch. Thanks again for everything.

Pte. Howard Armstrong
No. 1 Coy. C.A.S.C. (R.U.)
Canadian Army Overseas.

The Editor:

Today I received another shipment of three hundred cigarettes from you, also the monthly copy of the D. W. & W. News for which I am very grateful.

They have been arriving regularly every month, the best part about it is, they usually arrive about a day or two after I have smoked my last one, so you know they are appreciated very much after having to smoke “limeys” as we call them.

If my memory serves me right, in one of your papers you said it would be alright to send pictures. Right? I am sending two of a pal and myself lighting one of your smokes (don’t laugh—they were taken unawares).

I don’t know whether it would be of any interest to you or not, but I was married over here on July 25th, 1942.

Well I must close now thanking you for the cigarettes and your paper.

Yours sincerely,
A31356 Gnr. Frank Coulton,
100th Bty. 4th Lt. A.A. Regt.
Canadian Army Overseas.

Jack Coughlin’s Family

Vera and Barry John, wife and son of A.C.2 Jack Coughlin, R.C.A.F.

Vera and Barry John, wife and son of A.C.2 Jack Coughlin, R.C.A.F.



Sept. 20th, a son, David Charles, to Mr. and Mrs. George Anderson.


Marguerite Cain to Norman Huras. Reside in Preston.

AW1. Pauleen Ames of Vancouver to Sgt. William Lamb of the R.C.A.F., now stationed at Halifax.

Jean Brown of Leeds, Yorkshire, England, to Gnr. Frank Coulton who is serving overseas with the R.C.A.

Sadie Burn to Alfred Kemp. Reside in Galt.

Gladys Hortop to Peter Lindhorst. Reside in Hespeler.

Norman Huras whose marriage took place recently was presented with a clock and a 32-piece set of dinnerware by the members of the Woollen Stores Dept.

Louis Ferguson and Milton Craig have been called for military training.

D. W. & W. enlistments for this month include Edgar Stremble, John Unger and Geo. Barron with the Air Force, and Fred Glanville and Larry Johnson with the Army.

The R.C.A.F. presented air gunner badges to anther graduating class at No. 7 Bombing & Gunnery School at Paulson, Man. Among the graduates was Bill Lamb of Hespeler, who also received the rank of sergeant.

George Barron was presented with a pen and pencil set by the members of the Dye House before leaving to report for duty with the R.C.A.F. 

Jr. Fireman Willard L. Kinzie who has gone overseas with the corps of Canadian Fire Fighters for Great Britain, is the first D. W. & W. employee to enlist with the overseas fire fighting service. He enlisted at Ottawa in August and has been in training since then with his corps. Before enlisting he was employed in the Weaving Dept.


Frank Coulton

Gunner Frank and Jean (Brown) Coulton, Married in England, July 25th.


A59655 Pte. Howard L. Armstrong,
No. 1 Coy., C.A.S.C. (R.U.)
Canadian Army Overseas.

R183763 AC2 Ball R. J.
No. 1 Manning Depot, R.C.A.F.
Toronto, Ont.

R111044 LAC. Beckman, B. C.
R.C.A.F. Station,
Boundry Bay,
Ladner, B. C.

A37975 Pte. Brent, J. A.
“B” Coy., H.L.I. of C.
Canadian Army Overseas.

R84360 LAC. Cakebread, E. F.,
No. 2 R. D., R.C.A.F.,
Bell Lake, Nova Scotia.

R155161 AC2. Jack Coughlin,
No. 1 I.T.S., Eglinton Hunt Club,
Toronto, Ontario.

A27136 Pte. James F. Crane,
H.Q. 4th Can. Inf. Bde.,
Canadian Army Overseas.

R103319 LAC. Jack A Crawford,
c/ o Coast Construction Co.,
Camp 7, R.C.A.F. Station,
Tofino, B.C.

B108509 Pte. Elgin Culp,
No. 25 Basic Training Centre,
Simcoe, Ont.

A89015 Pte. Cusack, Karl E.,
R. C. 0. C.,
London, Ontario.

V-37113 O/D John Cunnington,
A Block B-5 H.M.C.S. Cornwallis,
c/ o Fleet Mail Office,
Halifax, Nova Scotia.

B84186 Driver Geo. Edmonds,
2 Cdn. Div. Supply Coy.,
(6 Coy.) R.C.A.S.C.,
Canadian Army Overseas.

Can. R103382
LAC. Farnsworth H. G.,
R.C.A.F. Overseas

R173353 AC2 Lloyd Fleischhauer,
No. 1 Manning Depot, R.C.A.F.
Toronto, Ont.

A103016 Fuller L. H. Sigm.,
Can. Signals Reinf. Unit.
Canadian Army Overseas.

R173178 AC2 Fisher A.G.,
No. 1 Wireless School, R.C.A.F.,
Montreal, Que.

R150338 AC2. Gowing, J. W.,
No. 1 Wireless School, R.C.A.F.,
Montreal, Que.

A56867 Pte. Greaves, Howard,
No. 7 Coy., 3rd Can. Div. Inf. Reinf. Unit,
Canadian Army Overseas.

A104178 Pte. Fred Glanville,
No. 14 Pl., “C” Coy.,
No. 12 B.T.C. (C.A.) (A),
Chatham, Ont.

A67732 Pte. Leonard Haw,
A. D. & M. S.,
Woodstock, Ont.

A67864 L/Cpl. Hodges, E. A.,
No. 12 Basic Training Centre,
Chatham, Ont.

V37126 Percy T. Harvey O/D
A Block B-11
H.M.C.S. Cornwallis,
c/ o Fleet Mail Office,
Halifax, Nova Scotia.

B83469 L/Bdr. E. Howlett,
No. 5 Coy., No. 1 C.S.R.U.,
Canadian Army Overseas.

A67851 Pte. Bruce Jackson,
No. 32 Provost Corps,
Camp Borden, Ont.

A56874 Pte. B. King,
No. 12 Basic Training Centre,
Chatham, Ont.

R169948 AC2. Peter Little,
No. 5 Manning Depot,
Lachine, Que.

B46888 Pte. Martin J. R.,
No. 7 Defence & Employment Platoon,
Lorne Scots,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

B84070 Sgt. Harold Morris,
41 Cdn. Gen. Trans. Coy.,
Canadian Army Overseas.

R139464 AC1. Scheffel A.A.H.,
R.C.A.F., No. 9 S.F.T.S.,
Centralia, Ont.

R161003 AC2. Murray Seeley,
No. 1 Bombing & Gunnery, R.C.A.F.
Jarvis, Ont.

R165585 AC2. Strachan L.E.,
R.C.A.F. Station,
Bella Bella, B.C.

R145685 LAC. Turner E. M.,
No. 2 S.F.T.S., B.B. 11-N
Uplands, Ottawa, Ont.

R165411 AC2. Edgar Wilkins,
No. 6 I.T.S.,
Gould Street,
Toronto, Ont.

R131005 LAC. Wilson W. D.,
Ferry Command,
Dorval. Que.

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1 Comment

  1. Glen Allen

    A few lines to let you know I am well and also to thank you for the cigarettes and papers which I get from time to time. It is nice to know that we are still thought of, and it helps to keep our spirits up when we get mail from our homes and friends. We have had a very good summer but now it looks like we are in the rainy season, as we have had rain for the last few days. We are in good billets now, so don’t mind a little rain. I am with a section of very fine fellows and we find lots to do to keep us busy and also to enjoy ourselves. We have a show in camp twice a week put on by the “Sally Ann”. I am on a motor engineering course just now and every Sunday we go about 20 miles to a rather large town to the school there and we have a few hours afterwards to take in a show or go skating. Then we have been kept fairly busy on schemes, so we don’t get time to be lonesome.

    Well, that is about all the news for this time. Remember me to the rest of the boys and thanks again for the cigarettes and papers.

    Yours sincerely,

    A37521 Pte. Glen Allen,
    H.L.I. of C., Canadian Army Overseas.


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