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Private John McLeod

Private John McLeod served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War one. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Typical WW1 medasl trio

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He was born on October 11, 1883 in Stornoway, Scotland.

He enlisted with the 48th Infantry Battalion on March 31, 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia, he named his next-of-kin as his father, J. McLeod of Stornoroy.

He stated that he had previous military service with the 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers, that he was not married and that his trade as that of Blacksmith.

The 48th Battalion sailed July 1, 1915 aboard the R.M.S. Grampian, arriving in England on July 10th.

He was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Brigade on October 15, 1915 for service in the French theatre and placed with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles on January 2, 1916 in France. McLeod was wounded at the Battle of St. Eloi, suffering severe shrapnel wounds to his right forearm and admitted to No. 4 General Hospital at Camiers on April 11th. After three days, he was invalided wounded to England on the 14th and admitted to Kitchener Hospital in Brighton on the 15th, then transferred to the Canadian Division Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on June 8th.

After two months hospitalization in France and England, he was discharged on July 12th and transferred to the 35th Reserve Battalion. He saw another transfer, this time to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot at Crowborough on August 13, 1916, before being transferred to the Machine Gun Pool on February 7, 1917.

He arrived in France the following day and joined his new unit, the 13th Machine Gun Company in the field on the 14th. He was wounded at Vimy, suffering shrapnel wounds to both arms and shrapnel fragments in his left knee on May 3, 1917. He was admitted to No. 10 Stationary Hospital at St. Omer on May 5th, subsequently invalided to England one week later, and admitted to Military Hospital at Bagthorpe, Nottingham on May 12th. After two months treatment, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bearwood at Wokingham on July 14th, then discharged four weeks later on August 11th and posted to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot at Hastings. The knee continued to bother McLeod, as fragments remained embedded in his knee. He was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne on August 30th, where an attempt was made to rectify the situation. A month later, he was discharged on September 29th and returned to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot.

On January 1, 1918 he was posted to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot . In his Proceedings of a Medical Board document, dated April 18, 1918 at Seaford, Sussex, it noted the fragments of shrapnel in his left knee that were causing swelling and tenderness, with the doctor noting that McLeod “complains of pain in the left knee”. In another report, it noted that there was a “foreign body in (his) left knee joint” on November 18, 1918 and that he was somehow declared “Fit for Duty”. McLeod was attached to the Canadian Discharge Depot at Buxton for return to Canada, sailing on December 7, 1918 and later taken on strength at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated January 16, 1919 at New Westminster, British Columbia, it was noted that there was a “Foreign body in (the) left knee joint causing slight pain and stiffness in (the) joint.” It was recommended the he declared “Medically unfit.”

It also stated that he was now married to Mary McLeod of Vancouver. He was discharged by reason of “Medical Unfitness” on January 29, 1919 at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, credited with having served in France with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

He died on January 14, 1950, at the age of 66

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Private Charles Manseau

Private Charles Manseau in the 22 nd battalion (Vandoos) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 2002099. He received two War Service Badge Army, his class A was numbered 96793 and his War Service Badge Army Class B was numbered 57407. Usually those who received the class B badge did not receive the class A badge, this was a clerical mistake.

He was born on April 27 th, 1890 in Montreal, Quebec

Religion: Roman Catholic       Civil status: Single         Trade: student

Eyes: Brown     Hair: Brown          Height: 5′ 8″

Father : Horace Manseau                 Mother : Ernestine Manseau

1901 Canadian Census : He is not listed in the census

1911 Canadian Census: He is listed as living in Nicolet Quebec and born in April of 1892, two years after what he mentionned on his WW1 enlistment paper. His father was a doctor

December 20th 1916: He enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in the 150th battalion. He said that he had some service with the 80th battalion before he enlisted

March 3rd, 1917 : He embarked on transport ship Canada and sails to England. They arrived on March 15th.

March 10th : he was promoted to the rank of acting sergeant

April 3rd : He was reverted to the rank of private

April 4th : he was struck of strength of the 150th battalion

February 27th, 1918 : He was transferred to the 22 nd battalion in France

The 22nd battalion relieved the 21st battalion the night of the June 3rd to the 4th. On the 5th they were bombarded by artillery, 1 killed, 11 wounded. Private Charles Manseau was one of the wounded soldiers.

June 5th : Gunshot wound to the thigh (left thigh amputated) left hand ( 4 of 5 fingers amputated). Although Private Charles Manseau joined the conflict very late and served for only 4 months in France, it does show some soldiers who served from start to end without any major injury, and some like Private Manseau were there only a few months and would carry the results of severe wounds for the rest of their life.

June 26 th : He was transferred to England on H.S Cambria

October 30 th : He sailed to Canada on ship Neuralia: Arrived on November 10 th.

November 13 th : He was admitted to Ste Anne Hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

December 7th : He was absent without a leave until December 9th.

October 16th, 1919 : He was discharge

April 27th, 1967 : He died in Sarasota hospital in Florida, U.S.A.

Victory Medal and British War medal

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Sergeant Beverley Michael Mason C.D.

Sergeant Beverley Michael Mason served in the Logistic Branch of the Canadian Army. He was stationned  in Germany during the Cold War and in Iran in 1988 as part of an United Nations mission. He is entitled to the Special Service Medal (N.A.T.O. clasp), the United Nations Iran/Iraq medal and the Canadian Decoration.

January 15th 1969 : Enlisted in the Canadian Army.

December 1970: Posted at CFB Gagetown

June 26th, 1972: Posted at CFB Petawawa

February 7th, 1973: Promoted to Corporal

September 25th, 1975: Posted at Lahr, Germany (entitlement to his Special Service medal N.A.T.O. clasp)

June 28th 1976 : Posted at CFS Churchill, Manitoba

August 14, 1978 : Posted at CFB Calgary with the 1st Service battalion

December 31st : Promoted to Master-corporal

March 12th, 1980 : Posted at the National Defence Headquarter in Ottawa

March 29th : Left the army for the first time

April 9th, 1981 : Re-enlisted with the rank of corporal in St-John Newfoundland. Posted to Chilliwack. Qualified as a cook and crewman. In Canada in 1980-81 there was a big recession and jobs were scarce, he was probably not able to find a job as a civilian and got back in the army.

January 2nd, 1982 : Promoted to the rank of Master-Corporal

1982 : He received his Canadian Decoration

April 24th, 1985 : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

August 23rd : Posted at CFB Petawawa

June 13th, 1986 : Posted at CFB Petawawa (location not retained)

August 10th, 1988 : He left Petawawa with the Canadian Forces contingent of approximately 500 members (most were members of the 88th Canadian Signals Regiment) for the Iran/Irak mission (Operation Vagabonb). Mid-December: Troops are to back to Canada from Iran/Irak

Mid-december : Troops are to back to Canada from Iran/Irak

December 1988 : Promoted to the rank of acting Warrant Officer

June 22nd, 1989 : Canadian Signals contingent received their medals in CFB Petawawa for the United Nations Iran/Iraq military observer group – UNIIMOG. He probably received his medal at this date since he was still in Petawawa.

August 15th : Posted at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia

May 5th, 1992 : Left the army

September 5, 1995 : Applied for the Special Service Medal (NATO bar)

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Logistic Branch cap badge and collar badges

Warrant Officer John Lyons C.D.

Warrant Officer John Lyons served in the Canadian Military Staff Clerk during WW2, in the first official United Nations mission in Egypt and post-WW2 in Canada. He is entitled to the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (without clasp), the War Medal 1939-45, United Nations Emergency Force Medal (Egypt), the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, the Efficiency Medal and the Canadian Decoration with clasp. His enlistment number is C-96293

He also worked for the Canadian Government as a civil servant and he is entitled to the Canadian Government Long and Efficiency Service Medallion.

Born in Ontario, Canada on February 21, 1921

Hair : brown       Religion : Presbyterian       Trade : Civil servant

Height : 5′ 11″     Weight : 165                          Eyes : blue

Prior to his enlistment he had a background in commercial school having completed his grade XI commercial course. He was working for the National Defence for 2 years before enlistment as a civil servant. He also served in the Governor’s General Foot Guards from October 1937 until June 16 1940.

June 17, 1940 : He enlisted in the Active Force

June 21, 1941 : He was promoted to the rank of acting-corporal without  pay

May 1, 1942 : He was promoted to the rank of Corporal

May 18 : He was transferred to Kingston to the Fingerprinting and Photographing Section

August 8 : He was promoted to the rank of Acting Sergeant

October 1 : He was transferred to St-John, New-Brunswick

October 30 : He was transferred to Vancouver, British-Columbia

January 19, 1943 : He was transferred to Petawawa, Ontario

March 1 : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

July 10 : He was transferred to Montreal, Quebec

December 7 : He was transferred back to Ottawa

December 16 : He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbon

December 10 : He was transferred to Debert, Nova Scotia

April 29, 1944 : He was transferred to Ottawa

June 15, 1945 : Married Corporal Marjorie Ella Prentice (W-21581)

August 18 : He received his Efficiency Medal (G.O. 223)

December 12 : He was accepted for the Interim Force

July 1, 1946 : He received his War Service Badge “General Service class” no 1466607

September 2 : He received his War Medal 1939-45

August 27, 1947 : He was demobilized from the Active Force and re-engaged on the same day in the Permanent Forces with the rank of Private. He was living at 226 Lyon street in Carleton, Ontario

July 12, 1951 : He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant

1953 : His wife Marjorie left him, Noranda, Quebec. Together they had two children, Barry and Brian.

September 23, 1957 : Left Canada for Italy and disembarked in Egypt on September 27th with the UNEF mission. he was there for 12 months.

June 1, 1958 : He received his United Nations Emergency Force Medal

October 6 : He arrived in Canada from Egypt. He was posted to Ottawa with the office of the Judge Advocate General.

July 24, 1961 : He was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

September 3, 1962 : He was promoted to the rank of acting Staff-Sergeant

August 1, 1963 : He was promoted to Staff-Sergeant

November 1, 1965 : He was transferred to Ottawa. By that time he had remarried

September 3, 1968 : He was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer. His Canadian Decoration was issued to him between that date and December 17

December 17 : He was discharged from the army.

Warrant Officer John Lyons discharge certificate (front and back)

1984 : He received the Long and Efficiency Service Medallion denoting 35 years service as a civil servant for the Canadian Government.

June 7, 1984 : Died. He is buried in Beechwood cemetery in Ottawa section A, range 96, gr 41. His last address was 2 Goulburn Crescent, Ottawa and was still a civil servant. He is buried with his father but the gravestone does not have his name on it. The obituary does mention that he was married to Rita Marchildon making her his second wife.

March 12, 2002 : He received  the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal posthumously.

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