N.B. woman to travel to England to remember husband killed in 1945

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FREDERICTON - It's been more than 60 years, but Glaidus Clark is finally going to lay her first husband to rest.
The Fredericton woman was in her early 20s when she got word that John (Jack) Reid, a 20-year-old from Stanley, N.B., was missing and presumed dead after working in England as a wireless air gunner in 1945 during the Second World War.
Until recently, Clark never knew why or where his Lancaster bomber crashed.
Helen Nall, a woman in England, discovered a piece of Reid's plane on property near her home in Hoveringham.
She's been on a mission ever since to find out who the 14 men were who died at the site.
She's compiling their biographies into a book and over the past few months, she's been able to raise enough money to erect a memorial in their names.
Nall invited Clark to attend a dedication service to honour the men, which will be held in May.
"His body obviously isn't there anymore, but the place we will visit is the place where my Jack was killed," Clark said.
"I know it will be a traumatic experience for me, and I know I'll shed some tears, but I'll finally be at peace. It's the closure I've longed for all this time."
Clark will travel to England for 10 days with her daughter Lorna, who was only a toddler when Reid was killed.
Clark's eyes still fill with tears when she talks about the shy, quiet boy who stole her heart with his athletic drive and the way he swept her off her feet at a dance in Marysville, N.B.
Her positive attitude and the help of her family and friends helped her move on after his death, but the mystery of it has always lingered in the back of her mind.
"I was lucky enough to meet two other wonderful men and have two other lovely marriages in my lifetime," Clark said. "But I never felt I had enough time with Jack. I never felt he was laid to rest.
"Now I'm going to be able to say a proper goodbye thanks to a stranger who lives miles and miles away."
Nall, who wrote to the Fredericton Gleaner by email, said two stone monuments have been erected near the airfield where Lancasters JB125 and LM308 crashed.
"The object of the memorial is to remember the 14 men who died here in 1945," Nall wrote. "A lot of people have made donations to the fund for the memorial, including some Canadians, and local support has been overwhelming for the idea."
The dedication ceremony will be held May 30.

Organizations: Clark's

Geographic location: England, FREDERICTON, Stanley Lancaster Hoveringham Marysville

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