Hubby had a shadow box made of his father's medals and photo. He knows little of his father, since he died in 1951 from an industrial accident, working as a lineman in Ottawa.
For JB's birthday last year (Nov. 15, 2015), I sent off materials for hubby's father's war records. (Here's where to find out how to do this.)
It was a long process, taking months. There are quite a few requests and they give priority to more than just the curious.
We were sent a letter, which was all I could give to hubby as a symbolic gift, saying it could take up to six months.
I had to send copies of either his death certificate or a photo of his tombstone, as well as his service number.
Finally a package arrived.
We were sent his discharge papers.
|This is how much he was given|
upon discharge: $919.69.
|Misspellings happen a lot!|
I did some research online.
|1920 - 1951|
We found, from his records, that he served with several companies (Coy): Canadian Forestry Corps in WWII. He was a mechanic.
This is part of the file they sent from his service records. They even sent an acronyms list! I typed it up, since I could read the fine print, and it was a bit convoluted. We can see where he was sent, and that he moved around the UK, then to France.
|He served in both: 25 COY CFC and No. 22 Company.|
1941 - 1945
Online, I found maps where the Canadian Forestry Corps served. Boulogne, France.