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Elizabeth NICHOLSON (1916-1990)


1944, Wedding Photograph


Spouse: Orville Robert PENFOLD, Orville and George (age 9)

1 Elizabeth Anderson NICHOLSON (1916-1990) [165].

Born 16 Dec 1916, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. Marr Orville Robert PENFOLD 5 Jun 1944, Edinburgh, Scotland. Died 24 Aug 1990, Ottawa, Ontairo, Canada.1

The Cupar Cracker - May 1945 - War Brides' First Impressions - We regard it a great privilege to present these first impressions of two of our newly arrived war brides from Britain.

We wish them health, happiness and prosperity.

Mrs. Clarence Baxter, who hails from Southern England and Mrs. Orville Penfold, who arrived from Edinburgh, Scotland, only a matter of days before we prevailed upon her to give us her impressions of Canada, had this to say:

"As a newcomer to this Canada of yours, I would like to voice what appeared to me to represent the 'highlights ' of my arrival. My journey across country could not altogether be termed strange, as it vividly resembled the one from which I have just come, - Scotland! The factors of my journey were embodied in the sociability of the Canadian people, the beautifully colored lights of Regina, and particularly the abundance of luxuries which we from the Old Country have for the past five years learned to forget. One can easily visualize my amazement at the sight of a bowl of real eggs, representing approximately two years rations, accompanied by a three months ration of lovely ham, sitting quite innocently on the kitchen table , It was also quite a thrill to be able to buy what we wanted without the surrender of coupons; a privilege which we whole -heartedly appreciate. In conclusion of my little 'party piece', I should like to convey my kindest thoughts and best wishes to all at Cupar, and a special wish to the boys and girls of Cupar who are in uniform, in the hope that it may not be long before we can all be able to enjoy the fruits of a victorious and lasting peace in this wonderful l country of ours, Canada!"


Sp. Orville Robert PENFOLD (1912-1975) [164], son of George Edward PENFOLD (1889-1972) [128] and Annie Jeannette STUART (1885-1948) [129].

Cupar Cracker – Christmas 1944 Issue, pages 5 & 6.

Wedding Bells

On June 5th, 1944 Miss Betty A Nicholson, of Edinburgh, Scotland, and LAC Orville R Penfold, of Cupar, Sask., were united in marriage at St Serf’s Church Edinburgh. The brides maid was Miss Gladys Nicholson, sister of the bride. The groom was assisted by LAC Stanley Manson of the New Zealand Air Force. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride at 690 Ferry Road, and later dinner was served at the Peacock Hotel to a number of guests. LAC Manson sang the Maori love song in both English and Maori. The happy couple spent a short honeymoon in Aberdeen. We wish them both good luck and lots of happiness. – Edinburgh Eclipse.

The above news item only goes to show how careful the newspaper reporters in Edinburgh have to be. Now if the Cupar Cracker reporter had covered that particular wedding, he undoubtedly would have sent us something like the following

“After several nerve wracking postponements, owing to the exigencies of the Service, a wedding of great local interest was solemnized at the St Serf’s Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 5th. 1944, when Betty A Nicholson of that city became the bride of Orville Robert Penfold, R.C.A.F., of little old Cupar, Saskatchewan,

Betty was supported by her kid sister, Gladys Nicholson, while the Airman was upheld by a Wings from New Zealand, Stan Manson

The bride looked swell in a floor length creation of satin or something and wore a corsage of pure white geraniums The bridesmaid was dressed in the same, or something similar. Due no doubt to the lack of food coupons, the usual sumptuous repast at the home of the bride was perforce dispensed with and in its place a mess of haggis was served to the guests at the Peacock Hotel, around the corner. After the usual flow of fatuous remarks and felicitations Stan Manson livened things up by singing a Maori love song entitled. “Glmaoha Hitherao Jao” As an encore he sang the same song in English. It turned out to be, “Gladys, Where Art Thou?” Not a few who heard the Maori rendering remarked on the similarity of the Maori and Gaelic language.

It is not the custom in Scotland for the wedding gifts to be put on display, but we learn on the best authority that the bride’s gift to groom was a beautiful plastic moustache cup, neatly engraved with a Scotch thistle and bearing the motto “nemo me impune lacessit” Although the groom’s gift to the bride has not yet been announced we have it from the most reliable source that it will be the moustache he has so carefully cultivated during his long stay Overseas

After a short honeymoon in Aberdeen (Of all places) the groom left for ‘somewhere in England’, while the bride returned to her lonely vigil in the castle city. To them both we sincerely wish a speedy reunion and a long and happy future wi’ his ain folk in this Canada of ours.


I am researching my uncle - Douglas Ernest Paul who was born in 1918 and died in WW2 at Bawdsey England in 1941.

I have recently come into possession of some letters from him. He mentions a "buddy" at Yatesbury in England (would have been studying radar I guess) whose name was Orville Penfold. I am assuming Orville was Canadian as was my uncle. Another name mentioned is Wally Pink. I assume that his name was actually Walter.

I wondered if you could tell me anything about this particular Orville Penfold who would have served in the Canadian or UK Air Force in WW2.

Doulas Ernest Paul and his friends at Yatesbury.

Doug left Canada in late December 1940 or early January of 1941. He sailed to Englandon a passenger ship – unnamed for security reasons in his letter home postmarked January 18 1941. This letter was mailed on his arrival in England.

On January 19 1941, he wrote home to say that his address was R74343 LAC Paul, D.E.

Hut 66

Squadron C

Wing 4

RAF Yatesbury

Near Calne

Wiltshire England

In the letter, he says that the course was to start the next week and is “absolutely secret”.

He says that he is bunking with his two pals Orville Penfold and Wally Pink. Since he has only just arrived, I assume that Wally and Orville were on the same boat with Doug on the way over.

In another letter, Doug says that he and his friends met a Mrs Broome in Calne about the first week in February. This Mrs Broome had two daughters were about 12 and 16. No names were given but the 16 year old played the organ and piano at the Anglican church in Calne.

The course at Yatesbury was to have been 6 weeks long. At the end of the course, Doug was sent to Bawdsey – another secret Radar station on the south coast of England near Ipswich. He was killed in an air raid in May 1941 and is buried in Ipswich.

[Notes from Ann Belanger- March 2012 - email: ann.belanger at ]



1"Cupar Cemetary - Penfolds Listed".