Founder of Homefront Archives and Museum of Regina

Brett and Bob Henderson with Captain Kevin Winfield at Camp Wainwright Erika Foley photo

Brett and Bob Henderson
with Captain Kevin Winfield

Robert (Bob) Henderson, founder of Homefront Archives and Museum of Regina, and author of German Prisoners of War and their Artifacts, 1940 -1948, visited Wainwright on Thursday August 25, spending some time at WATC and taking a tour of the base and the POW tower with Captain Kevin Winfield.

With Bob was his Brother Brett, an avid collector of R.C.M.P. memorabilia. The two enjoyed the visit to camp and later that evening visited with Captain Winfield at his home to see Kevin’s collection of POW and military artifacts and uniforms.

Friday morning they travelled to Edmonton to visit Leo Hamson, former Wainwright POW camp warden, and former POW at Wainwright, Siegfried Osterwoldt. At Siegfried’s place Bob checked the impressive and carefully preserved collection of POW artifacts and archival papers. He was very impressed with many of the items. Leo also had some photos and items to show Bob.

Text & photos: Erika Foley


 Siegfried and Leo

Siegfried Osterwoldt, Bob Henderson amd Leo Hamson Erika Foley photo

Siegfried Osterwoldt, Bob Henderson and Leo Hamson

The Enemy Within

Both Leo and Siegfried were featured in the NFB documentary, The Enemy Within, which was shown twice at the Legion Hall. Some of the filming for the documentary was done at the old railway station and at WATC.

The two men were [recently guests on Lost and Found, a feature program on CBC Radio One.] The documentary has been shown on the History Channel and is also being shown in B.C. on the Learning Channel this month.

“If anyone wants to assist in the preservation of historic POW memorabilia, contact me at 306-543-5822, or by e-mail.” Bob noted.

Text & photos: Erika Foley