Where there's a will there's a way
The 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1994 stirred memories far and wide including in the mind of a determined Frenchman who was only sixteen when a young Canadian 'soldier' turned up at the door of a neighbour in German occupied France.
Thus, Michel Juniau and his wife from Beaumont le Roger in the Commune d'Ecardenville la Compagne, France began the search for 'Jones Stanley.' Memories fade after fifty years; Michel thought that 'Jones' had lived on a farm somewhere in Canada before the war and that he had a sister named 'Lucie'. This was not much to go on but they persevered approaching the Canadian embassy in Paris and then writing countless letters to municipal offices all over Canada. It was a long process.
Sixteen year old Michel put on his best clothes to pose with the Canadian 'Jones Stanley' who was being hidden from the Germans by neighbours.
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Stan Gets a Letter
“I think it was through the newspaper article that you found trace of us. I have never forgotten you, and I didn’t know if you had died in the war. I still have several pictures, the letter of Christmas 1944 with your picture, a box of chocolates you sent me also a tie. I still have the little compass that you carried with you. I also Called Maurice Guillou the some of the people where you were hidden. I have tried to get news about you but nothing. I didn’t know if you were still living. This is a letter of massive joy.” _ Michel Juniau
Getting there was half the 'Fun'
Sojourn in France
Grateful Thoughts on Both Sides
Mr. Jones is grateful to the people in the French rural countryside who risked their lives to give him shelter 50 years ago. He said it is exciting to be in touch with them once again.
In Stan's files at the museum is another testimonial of thanks - from the municipal council of the area in France where he took refuge.