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Out of sight, out of mind.

Such was the case regarding an honour-roll list of names of Second World War veterans from Bible Hill that got tucked away for an undetermined period in a sooty, old furnace room. Now restored to its original glory, and even more so perhaps, efforts are underway to find a more public place of honour to hang the list so it can be better appreciated in future years.

The hand-lettered list, done on official parchment and headed by the words: "For King and Country," was complied by members of the former Bible Hill Women's Institute. For many years it hung on the walls of the College Road School, which was torn down in the mid-1980s. At some point, however, the honour roll was placed in the school's basement where it took up residence near a cold-air duct in the furnace room.

Enter Charlie Boyce. As a long-time village resident and former trustee of the three Bible Hill schools of the day, the honour list was brought to his attention by a school janitor who thought it deserved a more esteemed location than in a dust- and soot-covered furnace room.

"I can remember when I got it down off the pipes down there. It was pretty gritty," he said. "It was interesting to me because I had two brothers (from Truro) who served in the war. I knew a lot of these guys (on the list) and actually a lot of them were in the fire brigade."

Boyce brought the list home and had his wife, Della, clean it up. It was in pretty bad shape at the time and even the frame was starting to deteriorate. Boyd said he approached Bible Hill officials at the time about having the list displayed in the village office but was turned down. So,.it was placed in the village fire hall where it hung until earlier this year.

One of the names on the list is Lloyd Cavanagh of Cavanagh's Food Market. In recognition of 2005 being the Year of the Veteran, Cavanagh's son Ben had the list properly cleaned, matted and reframed. Now Boyce would like to see the list displayed in an area where it will do the vets justice. He plans to contact village officials to see if those now in charge will have a change of heart from the sentiment of year's past.

"It's sort of a memory of 150 guys and girls who served from the little Bible Hill area", he said. "It should be hanging in the village office, really."

By Harry Sullivan
The Truro Daily News

December 20, 2005

This village's honour roll of Second World War veterans has found a home

"We're gong to have it hung predominantly in the village hall," said Bible Hill Commission Chairman Rick Hilliard. "There was no question at all once we found out there was such an honour roll."

The framed, hand-lettered list was complied by members of the former Bible Hill Women¹s Institute and contains 150 names of men and women from the village who served during the Second World. War. After hanging for years in the former College Road School, it ended up in a furnace room for a time before being salvaged by village resident Charlie Boyce.

It was recently cleaned, matted and reframed and Boyce, who unsuccessfully attempted to have it hung in a village office about 20 years ago, expressed interest this week in trying again.

What he didn't know was that the commission had already voted on the matter. It was officially received by the village Tuesday night.

"We're very pleased," said Hilliard, who added a special cabinet is being constructed so the list can be properly secured.

Boyce said he too is happy with the outcome. "That¹s good news," he said.

By Harry Sullivan
The Truro Daily News

December 21, 2005