His father, William Buckley Dodsworth was born in Parrsboro.
The Chronicle Herald, Thursday, May 24, 1984, pg. #38; Reel #6220, NSARM,
OBITUARY: William B. Dodsworth
Great Village, Colchester County - William Burpee Dodsworth, 67, of Great
Village, died Wednesday in Colchester Hospital, Truro.
Born in Amherst, he was a son of the late William and Gertrude (Chappell)
He lived in Great Village for a number of years and was a member of St.
James United Church. A veteran of the Second World War, he served in the
Royal Canadian Navy and crossed the Atlantic 38 times with the corvettes. He
was awarded the British Empire Medal.
He is survived by his wife, the former Eunice Walton; two daughters,
Christine (Mrs. Alphonse Landry), Dartmouth; Katherine (Mrs. Ronald
Downing), Onslow Mountain; three sons, Roger, Oshawa, Ont.; James and Peter,
both of Great Village; four brothers, Layton and Ralph, both of
Whittenburg[sic]; Guy, Bedford; Stewart, Winnipeg; and 14 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a sister, Bernadette.
The body has been cremated. Memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday
in St. James United Church, Great Village, Rev. Daniel Gunn officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Diabetes
Source: Dave Winter, 20 Mar 2017
Eunice Mollie Dodsworth
Dodsworth, Eunice Mollie, 89, of Truro, passed away Friday September 18th,
2009 in Wynn Park Villa, Truro. Born in Dunston, England, to the late John
and Ida (Briggs) Walton, she moved to Canada in 1943 as a war bride,
spending most of her life in Old Barns and Great Village. She was quite an
artist and an avid reader; she loved music and gardening and was also a keen
walker. Her quirky sense of humour will be sadly missed by her many friends
She is survived by her sons, Roger, Ontario and Jim, Great Village;
daughters Christine Landry, Truro and Katherine Downing (Ron), Bible Hill;
sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren as well as her
brother, Roger Walton (Australia) and sisters Elsie Shepherd and Joan
Weighill, both from England.
She was predeceased by her husband William Burpee Dodsworth and son Peter,
and also by two of her sisters, Ida (Nellie) Parker and Millie MacLeod.
No visitation by family request. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at
11am in St John¹s Anglican Church, Truro, with Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating.
Family flowers only, but donations in memory may be made to the Alzheimer¹s
Society or to a charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the
Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be
sent to the family by visiting the ³Guest Book² at:
Eunice Mollie Dodsworth nee Walton English War Bride 1944
Editor's Note: The following memoir is based on an interview that was
conducted by Elinor Maher
and Beverly MacLellan for the Colchester Historical Society Museum &
Archives as part of the museums Year of the War Bride research and exhibit
of 2006. The Pier 21 Society would like to thank Ms. Maher, Ms. MacLellan
and the war brides that contributed to this collection by sharing their
experiences and impressions of the war years and their early days in Canada.
Name: Eunice Mollie (nee Walton) Dodsworth Parents: Ida Ellen (nee Briggs)
and John Walton Home: Dunston-on-Tyne, North East England
Birthdate: February 18, 1920 What are some of your war time memories:
Eunice grew up with four sisters and one brother, who now lives in
Australia. Her father was a crane driver who worked six and a half days a
week. He rode a bicycle to work.
There wasn¹t much bombing in that part of England but blackouts were
William (Bill) Burpee Dodsworth from Nappan, Nova Scotia.
Petty Officer Dodsworth was one of the first divers in the Royal Canadian
Navy and was part of a team of ten divers who cut through four feet of ice
to repair a damaged corvette. For this he received the British Empire Medal
for diving in extreme conditions.
Bill made thirty-eight trips across the Atlantic on 'destroyer escort' duty,
searching for German submarines on corvettes.
How did you meet your husband?
Eunice was a student nurse when she met her future husband. One quiet Sunday
afternoon she was working, tidying a linen closet in the hospital, when Bill
came along and said, "Can I help you?" She said, "No, you must be that
Canadian." He was the first one she had met.
February 2, 1942
What was your family¹s reaction to the news you were marrying a Canadian?
"They thought Bill was a very nice man." Can you tell us about your wedding?
They both needed permission to get married. Eunice needed paperwork signed
by the hospital and Bill, like all servicemen, needed permission from the
Commanding Officer. The wedding took place in a small church in Dunston and
some sailors, friends of Bills,
Following the wedding Eunice and Bill went to London for a week¹s honeymoon
and stayed in a friend¹s apartment.
How did you come to Canada and what are your memories of the trip?
Eunice didn¹t think she¹d be so homesick. After the trip she discovered
Winston Churchill had been on the ship with her but they kept it top secret
for security reasons.
What was the date and memories of your arrival?
Christine was born in the Grace Hospital in St. John¹s, Newfoundland on
September 17, 1944.
They went of to have four additional children after they moved to Nova
Scotia: Roger, Jim, Peter and Katherine.
Where did you live when you first arrived in Canada?
Eunice joined her husband in St. John¹s, Newfoundland, where he was
stationed. However, it wasn¹t part of Canada in 1944. She was back and forth
several times between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. After Christine¹s birth
Eunice felt very much alone with no family or friends there and Bill away a
lot. When Christine was three months old they came to Nova Scotia to be with
his family. They lived in Wittenburg with Bill¹s brother Layton and his wife
Bessie Dodsworth, who later started the Wittenburg Greenhouse. Eunice
enjoyed helping out on the farm and had a grand time.
Bill was stationed in Halifax for many years and the family moved to Old
Barns and stayed there for ten years. Later they moved to Great Village.
Tell us about the adjustments you had to make. Eunice was surprised at the
good adjustment she made. Did you have trips home?
When Christine was four she and her mother went back to England by ship and
stayed three months. Eunice had to leave her two younger sons in Nova
Scotia. Later she flew over several times to visit.
Did your family come to Canada to visit?
Eunice¹s sister Millie had been a nurse in the RAF and moved to Ontario
after the war. Then she moved to Baddeck and worked in a small hospital
there. She married a local man and the families were able to visit back and
"Mother came out and visited both Millie and I. She didn¹t like Nova
Scotia¹s weather. She thought it was too cold. She stayed quite a long time
but went home because father was ill."
Did you or your children have difficulties obtaining Canadian Citizenship?
DODSWORTH, Roger William - At Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on Monday, December
Roger, in his 72nd year.
Loving father of Roger and wife Lisa, Darren and Cher, all of Oshawa.
Dear grandfather of Zoe Dodsworth, Carli Dodsworth and Nico McTague and
great-grandfather of Cyrus Dodsworth.
Brother of Christine Landry, Jim Dodsworth, Katherine Downey and the late
Peter Dodsworth, all of Nova Scotia.
Friend and former husband of Carolyn Lauzon.
Cremation will take place with a memorial service in the chapel of
McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa
(905-433-5558) on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:00 p.m. (visiting from one
hour prior to service).
Donations in memory of Roger to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be shared at makfuneralhome.com.
Born In: Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Nova Scotia, Canada
Dodworth Peter - We regret to announce that on Sunday, August 16, 2009 Peter
Dodsworth of Great Village died in the QEII Health Sciences Centre from
injuries sustained in a fall at home.
Peter is survived by, and will be sadly missed by his wife Pat; Daughter
Lynn (Derrick Lush) and their children Peter, Rebecca, Daniel and Maggie;
Son, Vincent Chapman (Lynn McNutt) and their children Ashley and Duane;
Mother, Eunice Dodsworth, Truro; Sisters Christine Landry, Truro and
Katherine (Ron) Downing, Bible Hill; Brothers, Roger, Whitby, Ontario and
Jim, Great Village as well as many very special nieces, nephews and friends.
In accordance with Peter's wishes there will be no formal visitation or
service. Friends, neighbors and relatives are invited to a gathering at his
home, 432 Lornevale Road, Great Village, on Saturday August 22, 2009 any
time after 1 pm. If you wish, a donation to a charity of your choice or a
kind deed to someone needing encouragement would be appreciated.