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The WWII Collection of
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Henk Bredewolt ~ Netherlands
Part II: 
The Manitoba XII Dragoons
1945
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Staghound, Holland 1945, Amsterdam
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Dragoon Trooper Ernie Tester
This is a very special story about Ernie.

Years ago (1998) I received a telefoon-call from the Tester family who live in Canada. 

The reason from this phone-call was, that a Mrs. Tester found some very old letters from war-time (1945/1946). These letters were from a Dutch family named La-Seur. Mrs. Tester told me that all these letters were for trooper Ernie Tester. But Trooper Ernie Tester was killed in the Reichswald, Germany, March 5th. 1945. He had been with the Dutch Family La Seur at Sint Philipsland.

At the end of 1944 Ernie Tester one of the liberators of Sint Philipsland (eight miles from Roosendaal). During his short time with the La-Seurs, the young trooper and this family had a great time together. Just after the war, Mrs. La-Seur sent a lot of Ernie's letters to his parents from trooper Ernie Tester but never received a reply. For 54 years Mrs. La Seur thought that Ernie was still alive.

Mrs. Tester asked me to find out something about these old letters, and I found Mrs. La-Seur for Mrs. Tester after 54 years. I told Mrs. La-Seur that trooper Ernie Tester was killed at Reichswald, Germany on March 5th., just after he had left their family.

She was very sad to hear this news after 54 years. It was also a great shock for her when I told her that Ernie Tester was buried a few miles from the town in which Mrs. La-Seur was living. After hearing this sad news, Mrs. La-Seur went directly to trooper Ernie Tester's grave in the Canadian war Cemetery at Groesbeek, where she lay flowers on his grave. 

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Mrs.  La-Seur visiting Trooper Ernie Tester's grave

So you see, after 54 years I have brought the families together. I feel that this reunion and mystery solved after 54 years is a very special story. I am still hoping to find more about Ernie Tester, including the squadron in which Ernie served.
 

Your friend from the Netherlands,
Henk Bredewolt
henkpolarbear@home.nl
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WARTIME PHOTO MEMORIES OF 
THE 12th MANITOBA DRAGOONS IN HOLLAND
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A photograph taken at the van Hasselt family home
in the town centre of Roosendaal Nov. 1944.

From left to right: 
Major Lyle Canton, Captain Ian Philips, Lt-Col. Pat Black

Some years ago I visited Mrs. van Hasselt, 
and I showed her the photographs.
She recognized the officers in the picture.
At that time Mrs.  van Hasselt was 90 years old,
but she told me a lot about the Manitoba Dragoons.
The house was still the same as in 1944, the lamp, chairs, etc.

Another photograph taken at the van Hasselt family house.

From left to right:
sitting Lt. ???,  standing Staff-Sgt. ???,
sitting Lt. Johnny Farret,  3th from right Lt.-Col. Pat Black,
2nd. from right Jack Calcutt, and 1st. right Major Mason.
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Another photo from Roosendaal Nov. 1944.

Troopers from the 12th. Manitoba Dragoons, 
In the back row, 3th. from right, Captain Norman Keith.

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