David Norman King

November 28, 1921May 5, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, British Columbia.


David Norman King

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November 12, 2018

David is my 3rd cousin, he was always very kind to both my mother and I. I am very proud of both Dave's and his brother George's military service in WW2.

Dale Gervais

July 26, 2014

Dale Gervais

July 26, 2014

I knew Dave King through another veteran friend of mine (Norman Quick) in Ottawa. Dave King was a driver for the Public Relations Group during WWII, and drove members of the Canadian Film & Photo Unit to their assignments.

He was wounded in Anzio, when a shell landed near their jeep, killing photographer Lieut. Terry Rowe, and injuring Capt. Colin McDougall. Dave told me in a phone conversation in 2010 that he still had shrapnel in him from that incident.

As a driver, Dave was the preferred choice for Major 'Jack" McDougall, head of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit. Dave said, "He seemed to like me."

During the war Dave King was on hand to see the arrival of Col.-Gen. Johannes Blaskowitz for the surrender of the German forces to the Allies in Holland, on May 5, 1945. Ironically, 69 years later to the day, Dave would pass away.

Drivers within the PR Group were a special bunch, requiring nerves of steel, and survival instincts to manoeuvre the treacherous terrain of war. They accompany the cameramen in getting their stories. They carry on through mud and rain.

I want to thank his son Wayne for notifying me about the passing of his father. My only regret is that I never got the chance to meet Dave. However, I will make sure his name is remembered in the history of the Film Unit through my website dedicated to their memory.