Hrhdiddy said:Michael, thank you for the article. Question, does this mean he was to be made a Lieutenant? In 1951?
Michael O'Leary said:Yes. I could not find him earlier than that in the Gazette, and any wartime officer appointments and promotions should show up in that source. If he was born in October 1927, it is unlikely he saw service in the Second World War.
Approximately 700,000 Canadians under the age of 21 served in uniform during the Second World War
At the outbreak of the Second World War, teenage boys again flocked to the recruiting centres to enlist. Times had changed. They were rejected in larger numbers at the recruiting offices than in WWI. Despite this, many slipped through the net and got into a uniform. What happened during WWI was repeated in WWII. Some, but not all officers who discovered underage soldiers in their units returned them to Canada. In other cases, parents applied to the authorities to reclaim their adventurous sons, got them and took them home. It might have been a cat and mouse game that tested the authorities, but it was also testament to the patriotism of the nation's youth. Many of the teenage soldiers in this category from as young as 15 served during the war, but as adult soldiers, not boy soldiers.
Hrhdiddy said:I believe at the time he was at the University of Toronto.
As for the medal, it is the one that you show, we as kids called it the King George Medal. I do not know the other medals that exist for him. When he passed away my brother took position of all his military things. There are four children and we each got a piece of his war history, and we each got one of the buttons from his dress uniform.
As for what is written on his marker, that was put there by my mother and sister based on the things my father had told them.
Thank you so much for taking the time to help me on my quest. My family and I are a bit disconnected at the moment so I am trying on my own to figure things out. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Eligibility and criteria
On Friday, March 29th, 1940 Canada's Administrator in Council, W. Duff, signed Order in Council P.C.1022. This established the War Service Badge "Service" Class. This was for members of the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who have declared their willingness, or who have engaged, to serve in any of the said forces on active service beyond Canada and Overseas, during the present war, and who have been honourably ceased to serve on active service:
1. After not less than three months of continuous paid service
2. By reason of physical disability