Captain Aylmer McIntosh Gilbert served in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (RCEME) during WW2 and the Korean War. He is entitled to th Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (no clasp), the 1939-1945 War Medal, the Canadian Korea Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, the United Nations Service Medal Korea and the Canadian Decoration with clasp.
His father, Henry Victor Gilbert served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. His story can be found by clicking here
1935: He enrolled in the Non-Permanent Active Militia Ontario Regiment tank as a boy soldier
March 1936: He enrolled in the Non-Permanent Active Militia 98th Field battery. Honourably released in April 1938
March 1939: He transferred in the Royal Canadian Artillery
October 14th, 1941: He transferred in the 55th Field battery Canadian Artillery Canadian Army (Active forces) SA-64776
February 2nd, 1943: He was confirmed in the rank of Acting-Sergeant
April 14th: He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
July 1st: He was confirmed in the rank of sergeant
January 30th, 1946: He was accepted in the Interim Force
July 12th: The War Service badge no 1079170 was issued to him
September 30th: He received the War Medal 1939-46. He enlisted at the RCEME School in Barriefield
October 25th, 1948: He transferred to no 6 RCEME in Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 21st, 1949: He was promoted Warrant Officer class II
October 19th, 1950: He transferred to RCEME in Kingston
November 17th: He transferred to CASF (Fort Lewis U.S.A.)
May 4th, 1951: He disembarked Far east (Korea) with the No. 25 Canadian Support Workshop
January 2nd, 1952: He started attending the Officer School candidate program in Borden, Ontario. He was given the service number ZA4896
July 16th: He was promoted Lieutenant with Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
September: He was transferred to the 1st Radiation Detection Unit
December 15th, 1952 6:00: He was to proceed to Chalk River, Ontario. A nuclear accident just happened on December 12th. He returned from that assignment on December 20th 18:30. 170 military personnel were affected to the clean-up
January 13th, 1953: He was sent to the Canadian Army Staff in Washington. He was back from Washington in Barrifield on March 1st
January 18th, 1954: He received his Canadian Decoration (issue # 370)
April 1955: Armed forces special weapons project (U.S.A.)
May: He was transferred with the 1st Radiation Detection Unit
August: He was transferred to the Army Headquarter Quartermaster General Branch Directorate R.C.E.M.E.
June 9th, 1956: He was part of the Atomic Weapons Research Project (Operation Buffalo – United Kingdom) to Maralinga, Australia until November 16th. He was part of a select group of Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and British officers to see the effects of a nuclear explosion on target response items. These servicemen were known as the Indoctrination force.
Picture of the bomb explosion at Maralinga
December: He was transferred to the Army Headquarter Quartermaster General Branch Directorate R.C.E.M.E.
May 1957: He flew to Sydney, Australia from Vancouver, Canada
July 1957: He was part of the Atomic Weapons Research Project (United Kingdom)
October: Army Headquarter quartermaster General branch Directorate R.C.E.M.E.
July 11th, 1960: He was promoted to the rank of Captain
March 24, 1963: He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. He departed on March 27th.
September 3rd, 1964: He arrived in London, England. He returned to Canada September 13
March 31st: He received the clasp for his Canadian Decoration (issue # 769)
March 26th, 1965: He arrived in Marville, France. He departed on April 4th. Marville was the site of a Canadian air base near Belgium border. The RCAF First Canadian wing had a tactical nuclear attack squadron stationed there.
March 1966: He was transferred to Materiel Command Headquarters CFB Rockcliffe
September 16th, 1968: He retired Canadian Forces headquarters. He is listed as living at Wolfdale Crescent Ottawa, Canada
February 4th, 1987: Received the Canadian Services Force pin
September 25th, 1992: He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea
Picture of miniature medals attributed to Captain Gilbert