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eMedals-A Second War Canadian RCAF Long Service Group

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A Second War Canadian RCAF Long Service Group



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A Second War Canadian RCAF Long Service Group

A Second War Canadian RCAF Long Service Group - Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Coronation Medal 1937; and Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George VI (E) FID DEF (1597 F/L M.W. CALLAWAY). Naming is officially impressed on the RAFLSGCM, the other medals are un-named. Court-mounted to a cardboard frame, original ribbons, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by the CVSM Overseas Bar packet of issue, his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces, along with copies of his Service Records, Permanent Force of Canada Attestation Paper, RCAF Officer's Application and Record Sheet (dated February 21, 1942), Medal Awards Computer Card (confirming his entitlement to the three Second World War medals) and Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notification. Footnote: Maurice William Callaway was born in October 7, 1904 in Tavistock, Devonshire, England, the son of Alfred Henry Callaway and Effie Maud Callaway. His father was a Public Assistance Officer in his civilian life and he had one brother, Alfred George Callaway and one sister, Margaret Callaway (later Luxton). He attended Grammar School in Tavistock from 1915 to 1918, then Westcliffe College in Seaford for Junior Matriculation from 1918 to 1921. His early interests were in football (soccer), swimming and music. Following his formal schooling, he took a Mining Correspondence Course in Sampling and Assaying, later employed as a Clerk with the Ministry of Health from 1924 to 1926, then with Witswater Gold Mines and Hollinger Gold Mines in "Sampling" from 1926 to 1928. Callaway signed his Permanent Force of Canada Attestation Paper as an Aircraftman 2nd Class (C10072, later 1597) with the Royal Canadian Air Force, on April 11, 1928, at Camp Borden, Ontario, at the age of 23, signing on for three years' service, stating that he was Single and that his trade was that of Clerk. He was part of the Permanent Active Air Force (PAAF) Unit, his physical stature noted as "Slightly under-developed" when he enlisted. He was graded a Batman & Orderly and posted to the RCAF Station at Camp Borden. He achieved the ranks of Aircraftman 1st Class on January 1, 1929 and Leading Aircraftman on October 1, 1929. He initially named his next-of-kin as his father but was later changed to his wife, Mrs. Agnes Callaway (nee Ward), whom he married on November 7, 1930 in Toronto, Ontario and together, they were to have one daughter, Marlyn Ruth Callaway. He re-enlisted for three years' additional service on three occasions (April 11, 1931, April 11, 1934, April 11, 1937). He qualified as a Clerk "B" on July 18, 1937 and as a Clerk "A" on December 31, 1937. He was awarded the Coronation Medal 1937 on August 2, 1937 and was promoted to the rank of Corporal on April 1, 1938. He took the Sergeant's Promotion Exams A and B on March 27, 1939, scoring seventy and seventy-nine percent respectively and was promoted to that rank on April 1, 1939. Callaway was serving in the Accounts Unit at RCAF Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, before leaving for war service overseas and posted to RCAF Overseas Headquarters at London, England on February 26, 1940. Although centralized in London, his service radiated him all over the United Kingdom, including Harrogate, Manchester, Cambridge, Newmarket, Barton Mills, Brighton, Exter, Glasgow, Liverpool and Plymouth. He was promoted to Warrant Officer 2nd Class on March 1, 1941 and to Warrant Officer 1st Class on July 1, 1941. Callaway received a commission in the RCAF Special Reserve (Non-Flying List), with the rank of Pilot Officer (Temporary Flying Officer) on February 21, 1942. He returned to Canada via the United States on September 16, 1942 and after three weeks, was posted to No. 1 'Y' Depot in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 9, 1942. He returned to RCAF Overseas Headquarters at London on March 21, 1943, where he was named Acting Flight Lieutenant on April 1, 1943, then Temporary Flight Lieutenant on July 1, 1943. For his Second World War service, Callaway was awarded the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. Post-war, he saw postings at Halifax, Toronto and Ottawa and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on October 1, 1946. In addition, he was awarded the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1947 (AFRO 249-1947). Callaway was discharged on March 10, 1952, at the age of 47, "having reached the compulsory retirement age and placed on the Retired List", his air service totalling just under twenty-six years and was a resident of Montreal, Quebec. He died on March 16, 1974 at Ste. Anne's Hospital in Bellevue, Quebec, at the age of 69.
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