From the Archives: Prisoners of War

For Remembrance Day, the archives would like to share some of its records that document the experiences of those who served in the Second World War.

Sergeant Raymond Lafranchise enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) and served as a flight sergeant, wireless operator, and rear gunner. His plane was hit over France during his second mission. Lafranchise was taken prisoner and he spent two and a half years in Stalag II in Germany.







This postcard was sent by Lafranchise to Laura and Ed Savoie on August 27, 1942 while he was a P.O.W.








Captain Marcel Lambert was taken as a prisoner of war on September 1942 following the Dieppe Raid where he was reported killed in action. Below is a headshot of Lambert when he was admitted to prison camp OflagB, where he spent 33 months (Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert Historical Society, 2003.01.1982).





Lambert would return to practice law in Edmonton and was later elected Member of Parliament for Edmonton West in 1957. He went on to serve in various capacities in government: parliamentary secretary, Speaker of the House, and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs.