September 1,1939 – September 2,1954: World War II

Descendants of the Black pioneers who remained in BC enlisted to fight for Canada.  Hiram Whims was born in Tennessee and immigrated to Salt Spring Island around 1859. Four grandsons served in World War I. Two great-grandsons served in World War II. We honour and remember the men and women who served and continue to serve in war, conflict and peace

Image: William “Billy” George Whims, was born on Salt Spring Island, the son of George Harim Whims. Billy was stationed in Petawawa, Ontario.  Courtesy of Salt Spring Island Archives