Nick Lees: Family and friends remember Second World War veteran Gord King


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UPLOADED BY: Nick Lees ::: EMAIL: nleesyeg@gmail.com ::: PHONE: 7808034812 ::: CREDIT: Nick Lees ::: CAPTION: Second World War bomber pilot and centenarian Gord King was remembered by family and friends last week at a celebration of life. He is seen here not long ago dancing with his daughter and Hall of Fame curler Cathy King. Her dad was no big fan of the movie The Great Escape, she says. It featured Americans as heroes, but her dad said he had no recollection of Americans being in the camp.
Second World War bomber pilot and centenarian Gord King was remembered by family and friends last week at a celebration of life. He is seen here not long ago dancing with his daughter and Hall of Fame curler Cathy King. /Nick Lees

Only 76 prisoners made it through the more than 100 metre-long main tunnel before a guard relieving himself spotted hot air coming from a hole in the March snow.

The alarm sounded and 73 men were recaptured.

Adolf Hitler, furious about the break, ordered 100 prisoners executed. But Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels told him that might cause the Allies to harm German POWs. Hitler dropped the number to 50.

German soldiers loaded 50 prisoners into trucks to supposedly bring them back to camp,” King once told the Journal.

“When they stopped for the men to relieve themselves, they machine-gunned them in the back. The men were not executed, they were murdered.”

After the war, King returned to Winnipeg and married his fiancée, June. The couple had been together since the age of 14 and June had sent hundreds of letters to imprisoned King. They moved to Edmonton in 1964 and were together until June died in 2011.

Last year, several streets, a pond and a gate in the new Keswick neighbourhood in southwest Edmonton were named for King.

“Dad was always very humble and happy and loved flirting with female staff in his Kipnes Centre for Veterans,” says daughter Cathy. “He was also a fun guy to be around and my partner Bruce Saville and I took him with us everywhere.

“He enjoyed Rotary and Masonic memberships, supported the YMCA and curled until he was 90. He was a member of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, helped with Meals on Wheels and regularly visited friends in hospital. Dad was also the President of the Canadian Prisoner of War Association.”

One of Cathy’s last fond memories is the day before he passed away, her father was shown a photo of his four-day old great-grandson William. “Dad had a great smile and said: ‘Oh wow, he’s got lots of hair.’”

Nov 11 1999 Page A18 Gord King with home-made compass made at the Stalag Luft 3 prisoner of war camp/ 991110.LUC with home made compass from prison camp For John Lucas: Please get pic of Second World War prisoner of war Gord King. He was shot down on his first mission and spent three years in a POW camp for airmen. He also took part in the Great Escape, although luckily, he wasn't one of the guys who got out. Of 76 who made it out of the tunnel, 50 were executed on Hitler's direct orders. King has some momentoes which might make great props a compass made in the camp, his Nazi prisoner ID card, dog tags, etc. (He's also the father of curler Cathy Borst.) Thanks, Jeff
Gord King, photographed in 1999, with a home-made compass made at the Stalag Luft 3 prisoner of war camp. john Lucas/Postmedia, File
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