A BEM Second War Group to Atkinson
A BEM Second War Group to Atkinson -British Empire Medal (B.5070. SGT. LYSLE J. ATKINSON, R.C.A.S.C., on military ribbon); 1939-1945 Star: France and Germany Star: Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; and Canadian Forces' Decoration, GRVI (LT. L.J. ATKINSON). The BEM is officially impressed and individually court-mounted with dual push pin reverse, the CFD is officially engraved on the reverse of the suspension bar, the remaining six medals are unmounted. Very crisp detail, dark patina on the DM, original ribbons, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a miniature group of same, the BEM is period, the others are modern strikings, the QEII version of the CFD substituting for the GRVI version, court-mounted with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, extremely fine. Also included are twenty-three pages of copies of his Service Records, Certificates of Service, Application for the Award of the Canadian Forces' Decoration (dated February 8, 1954) and Award Documentation. Footnote: Lysle James Atkinson had been an Attendant for nineteen months at the Ontario Hospital, in Whitby when he enlisted as a Private on January 21, 1941 with the Canadian Army (Active Force) and was taken on strength at Chorley Park Military Hospital, Toronto. He was promoted to Acting Corporal on March 1, 1941, then struck off strength on transfer to the Camp Borden Military Hospital on March 31, 1942, where he was promoted to Sergeant on April 1st. One year later, he was promoted to Acting Staff Sergeant on April 1, 1942 and was later confirmed as Staff Sergeant on January 1, 1943. Six months later, he was struck off strength to the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps on July 8th and was taken on strength at No. 13 Canadian General Hospital at Picton, Ontario, reverting to the rank of Sergeant on July 10th. He soon proceeded to the United Kingdom on "Special Duty" in late July, arriving on the 28th with No. 13 Canadian General Hospital, designated as Cook "A". The new year saw him awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp on January 15, 1944. Atkinson was struck off strength to S.T. 3, Canadian Military Headquarters on February 10th, now drawing pay for Cook "C" and saw a promotion to Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class on March 1st. He ceased to be attached to No.1 Canadian Army Service Corps Reinforcement Unit on proceeding to London on May 27, 1944 and was confirmed as Warrant Officer 2nd Class on July 7th. He was Acting Quartermaster from August 7, 1944 to April 16, 1945 and during this time, was awarded the British Empire Medal. He was struck off strength to No. 1 Canadian Army Service Corps Reinforcement Unit to Canadian Military Headquarters on April 17, 1945, where he soon embarked the United Kingdom on April 26th for North West Europe, arriving on the 27th. He is documented as having volunteered for service in the Pacific theatre, but his service there was not required. He returned to Canada in October 1945, where he was struck off strength to No. 2 District Depot, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps at Toronto on October 14, 1945, returning to Chorley Park Military Hospital for a short time before being accepted for the Interim Force on September 12, 1946. He was transferred to Camp Borden shortly thereafter in October and was there when his war service terminated on November 30, 1946. He was credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom, North West Europe and France, earning him the CVSM, the 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal 1939-1945 and the British Empire Medal. He was at Camp Borden when he re-enlisted with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and was taken on strength as a Staff Sergeant on December 1, 1946 and promoted to Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class the same day. He was confirmed as Warrant Officer 2nd Class one year later, on December 1, 1947. He was transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 6, 1948, then posted to Fort Churchill, Manitoba on the 12th. Atkinson re-engaged for an additional five years' service on October 1, 1949 and saw a promotion to Warrant Officer 1st Class on November 26, 1950. He was at Fort Churchill until December 6, 1950, when he was placed on a series of temporary services as Quartermaster General. He began with a five hour stopover at Goose Bay, Labrador on December 16th, later returning to the RCASC School at Camp Borden in January 1951. He moved around to numerous locations over the next ten months in the same capacity, including Barriefield ON, Kingston ON, Montreal QC, Chicago IL, Picton ON, London ON, St. Jean QC, Halifax NS, before departing for Hanover, Germany on November 29, 1951. Atkinson returned to Canada in early January 1952, where he continued to see a number of placements, including Montreal QC, Toronto ON, Quebec City QC, Halifax NS, Kingston ON, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Camp Borden ON, Petawawa ON, London ON, Churchill MB and Oakville ON, which also included eleven hours in Washington, DC on November 16, 1952. He was promoted to Lieutenant on March 16, 1953 on engagement for an indefinite period and returned to Camp Borden, and it was during this period that he was awarded his Canadian Forces' Decoration. He saw his final promotion, this time to Captain, on September 5, 1955. His military service with the Canadian Army ceased on November 26, 1959. Atkinson died on April 4, 2000 at Barrie, Ontario.