Lambton at War


The Second World War

Elwood J. Hyatt

Elwood J. Hyatt was born November 5, 1919 in Enniskillen Twp. He joined in 1941 and did basic training in Chatham, Ont.  He was active in

  • 55 field regiment, Petawawa
  • East coast 104th Coast battery, Halifax, N. S., R.C.A.
  • Percival Cove, Peggy’s Cove on coastal guns
  • Shelbourne, N. S. on search lights
  • Gaspe, Quebec, winter training
  • August, 1943, was sent overseas

Hyatt saw service in England, Holland, Belgium and North Germany with the Highland Light Infantry from Galt, Ontario.  He returned December, 1945, on H.M.T. Queen Elizabeth, to Halifax, Nova Scotia and from there by train to Galt.

Dec. 1945:   Daughter Mary Allison remembers going to the train station in Galt with her mother.   “Dad was coming home from war”.  I was sitting on my uncles shoulders and overwhelmed by the huge crowd.  There was so much emotion as the train pulled into the station, soldiers leaning out the windows cheering and waving.  Everyone was calling out ‘welcome home’.  I remember seeing people crying and wondered why….wasn’t this a happy time?  However when ‘this stranger’ greeted us, I refused to have anything to do with him.

Mother and I lived with my maternal grandparents while Dad was away.  On return Dad bought a farm in Brooke Twp. near Inwood (Weidman) and lived there for 50 yrs., buying more acreage over the years.  He raised Shorthorn cattle and worked for a butcher part time.   He said he had learned to cut meat on the ship home from overseas.   He was well known in Lambton Co. as ‘Shorty’.   Few knew his first name.                

He was a 4-H beef leader for many years and member of the local fair boards, often announcing beef cattle classes’ fair day.   Ask him to auctioneer for fun and he could do that too.  Even after a hard, tiring day in the field, he was always available to give my sister and I rides to the arena, local dances, 4-H and Jr. Farmers meetings, etc.

Late 60’s they sold the cattle, rented out the land, continued to live on the farm and Dad worked at C.I.L. for several years.   They enjoyed travelling, visiting Europe twice, reuniting with people in Holland, England and Scotland.   He also visited the Canadian War Cemetery’s in Holland.  He often talked about the many friends he made during the war years and tearful when mentioning the ones that did not return home.

I remember him saying, it didn’t take him long to dig a fox hole to hide in because he was so short.  He sold the farm middle 90’s and moved to Sarnia.

“Dad passed away January 29, 2005, age 86 yrs.  Thanks Dad for the memories, your daughter, Mary.”

~ Story told by his daughter Mary Allison, Sarnia