I have a story that I would like to share with you. I have a young friend that runs an
antique shop, and he keeps an eye out books and articles that I might be interested in.
Well last night he brought me an original copy of the 'History of Antigonish County,
by Rev. D. J. Rankin. 1929.
It was in pretty bad shape and as he knows that I am not a collector of rare books and
knows that I am more prone to writing in books in my persuit of genealogy. He thought this
one would be ideal for me. He said, "You can write all over it and not worry about
it, as it is in terrible shape." He was right. After he left I spent the rest of the
evening going through the book. I came across this letter. It is in pretty fragile
condition. It was precious and especially as Remembrance Day is November 11th., more so.
So my first question was. What was I going to do with this letter? I hummed and hawed
about who should have it, but in order to do that, I had to discover just who were the
people. So it was off to the internet, but than I thought it might take too long to get an
answer. So, who ever had this book originally must have had some interest in Antigonish
and most likely lived in the area somewhere at some time. Maybe even close by. I had the
name MacLellan to start with, that's a good name for CapeBreton. I'll start there.
O.k. which MacLellans and from where? It is a big county and a bigger island. I had no
idea how long this was going to take me. O.k I have one book on Veterans called "In
the Morning, Veterans of Victoria County, Cape Breton" Ed. by Bonnie Thornhill and W.
James MacDonald, I'll start there.
Do you ever get that feeling that something, greater than you is guiding you. Well
that's what it felt like. Low and behold I had my answer, in less time than it is
taking me to write this. I knew immediately where this letter would reach its final
destination. I picked up the phone and called the Iona Royal Canadian Legion and told them
what I had and that I wanted them to have this letter for their war memorabilia
collection, they have there.
I knew who the MacLellan family are and the man gave me a number to call and I spoke to
the widow of the man mentioned in the letter as Corporal P.A. MacLellan. As I read the
letter to Rodena, over the phone, and told her what I was going to do with the letter. She
said, "That is beautiful." She told me what she found beautiful was that I
wasn't going going to throw it garbage, which is what she said most people would do.
Maybe they would, but I doubt you'd find a genealogical researcher that would.
Now here I will share the letter with you and than tell who these people are. Maybe
someone on this list will recognize that this is part of their research. If they are I
will be more than happy to send you a scanned copy of the original.
*** A LETTER to BRO. DUNSTAN (aka Malcolm MacLellan)***
Dear Bro. Dunstan:-
Many thanks for your good wishes and interesting letter. I am surely pleased to hear
from good old Malcolm!
I am pleased to know that you are well and like Theology. I was very sorry to hear
about your brother's death at Dieppe. It is a hard shock for your family. I am
receiving today a nice letter from your mother, enquiring about your brother, Corporal
P.A. MacLellan. He made the campaign of Sicily was wounded in Italy than was evacuated to
Africa where he recovered from his wound, then we came over to Italy together and all the
time I didn't know he was your brother and I suppose he didn't know I was a
Franciscan or maybe he was too shy to talk to me privately. I just discovered to-day that
that good boy was your brother. He left last week for the battlefield and so far he has
been well. Your cousin Father McLellan of St. Joseph's College, Edmonton who has been
in action since the beginning is returning to Canada. I met him a few times over here, he
is aging a lot.
Well good old Mal. may God bless you. Pray for me and my great family.
Sincerelly your in St. Fr.
Capt. A. Claude-Faboissiere
THE MACLELLANS, of OTTAWA BROOK.
IN THE MORNING, p. 431 & 432
ALL CALL IONA HOME, MacLellans # 543 (# 536 MacLeans) & 544
ANGUS & CATHERINE (MACLEAN) MACLELLAN, had three sons who fought in WWII.
JAMES ANGUS MACLELLAN, F89245
Jim Angus was the son of Angus and Catherine (MacLean) MacLellan, Ottawa Brook. Private
MacLellan served with the Cape Breton Highlanders in Canada and England (1941-1943). He
resided in Reserve Mines. Unmarried, he died on April 18, 1993, and is buried in Reserve
JOHN NEIL MACLELLAN, B37389
John Neil was born on October 6, 1913, the son of Angus and Cassie (MacLean) MacLellan,
Ottawa Brook. Corporal MacLellan served in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Royal
Canadian Infantry Corps. He was killed at Dieppe on August 19, 1942, and is buried in
Calais Canadian War Cemetery, France.
PETER ALLAN MACLELLAN, F54691
Allan was born on July 21, 1918, the son of Angus and Catherine (MacLean) MacLellan,
Private MacLellan served with the Cape Breton Highlanders and the West Nova Scotia
Regiment in Canada, England and Italy (1939-1945). He was wounded twice. He married Rodena
MacNeil, Ottawa Brook. He died on October 5, 1974, and is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery,
The children of ANGUS MACLELLAN & CATHERINE (aka Cassie) MACLEAN:-
02. TENA l
04. JOHN ANGUS
05. JOHN NEIL
10. PETER ALLAN
11. TENA ll (whom they adopted)
Bro Dunstan, the Francisan priest to whom Capt. A. Claude-Faboissiere wrote to now in his
80s. Rodena told me that he had been in hospital but is now at home. May God bless him and
keep him well.
May we never forget the sacrifices of those who served in war, for we owe them our
freedom. May we also remember to offer up a prayer for those serving today, for they to
are sacrificing themselves for us. God Bless them all.