A Second War Long Service Medal Group to Lt. Wilson R.C.A.F.
A Second War Long Service Medal Group to Lt. Wilson R.C.A.F. - Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945 with MID Oak Leaf; and Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George VI (E) FID DEF (136 F/L A.C. WILSON). Naming is officially impressed on the RAFLSGCM, the Second World War medals are un-named. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patinas on the Second World War medals, MID Oak Leaf is loose, near extremely fine. Accompanied by his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces, along with copies of his Attestation Papers, Service Records, Medal Awards Computer Card (confirming his awarding of the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945 with MID Oak Leaf), and Obituary. Footnote: Albert Cutting Wilson was born on October 5, 1910 in Manchester, England, the son of James Barton Wilson and Ana Ann Wilson. The family immigrated to Canada, settling in Ottawa, Ontario. His formal education consisted of seven years at Wellington Street Public School (1916 to 1922), followed by four years at Technical High School (1923 to 1926), with interests in softball, swimming, bowling, basketball, golf, wood carving and music. At the conclusion of his schooling, he was employed with Continental Paper Products in Ottawa as a Machinist Apprentice for the next two and a half years (1926 to 1927), followed by nine months with Victoria Foundry Limited in Ottawa as a Machinist Apprentice (1927 to 1929) and three months with the International Nickel Company in Sudbury (1929 to 1930). He left the work world to attend a Business Course at Henry's Business College (1930 to 1931), which turned out to be his ticket into joining the Permanent Active Air Force. Wilson signed his Permanent Active Air Force Attestation Paper (C36296, later 136), on April 30, 1931, in Ottawa, Ontario, at the age of 20, stating that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Clerk Stenographer. He was designated an Aircraftman 2nd Class Standard Group and graded a Standard Clerk. Five and half months after enlisting, he was posted to the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario on October 12th, which was followed two months later by his appointment to Acting Sergeant on December 24th. Early in 1932, he was to take a wife, marrying Evelyn Shepherd Devenny on March 26, 1932, in Buckingham, Quebec, with the Reverend G.R. Hurst performing the ceremony. The couple were to have three children between them: a son, Donald Eric Wilson (who was to later become a Major) and two daughters, Audrey Joyce (later Mrs. Timothy Kenny) and Constance Ann Wilson, and they were to give him six grandchildren before he died in 1967. He was re-mustered as Clerk "C" on December 1, 1932, named Leading Aircraftman and re-mustered as Clerk "B" on May 1, 1934. He re-engaged for three years' service on two occasions: April 30, 1934 and April 30, 1937. He was promoted to Corporal on February 17, 1936, to Sergeant on April 1, 1938, then re-mustered as Clerk "A" on April 29, 1939. Wilson signed his Particulars of Family of an Officer of Soldier of the Canadian Active Service Force Paper, on October 22, 1939 and was to soon see overseas service after his promotion to Flight Sergeant on December 1, 1939. He was appointed Temporary Warrant Officer 2nd Class on June 1, 1940 and posted to Overseas Headquarters at Odiham, Hertfordshire, England on July 6, 1940. He was appointed Acting Warrant Officer 1st Class on September 15, 1940 and qualified as an Instructor at an Anti-Gas Course at Rollestone Camp in England (September 1 to 14, 1940). He was re-mustered as Clerk Administrative "A" on March 1, 1941 and promoted to Warrant Officer 1st Class, Administrative Officer on July 14, 1941, taking on the rank of Flight Officer effective August 1, 1941, serving with both 418 and 423 Squadrons while overseas. He signed his RCAF Officer's Application and Record Sheet on August 13, 1941, at London, England, where it was noted that he had experienced "eye strain working in artificial light". He was placed on appointment to RCAF Headquarters in Great Britain overseas with 418 Squadron on January 3, 1942, followed by his promotion to Acting Flight Lieutenant two days later. He was posted to RAF Station Bradwell Bay on April 15, 1942 and named Temporary Flight Lieutenant on July 30, 1942. He was transferred to 423 Squadron on October 14, 1942 and posted to 423 Squadron, Headquarters No. 6 Group at Linton-on-Ouse on November 10th. Wilson returned to Canada with No. 6 Group and was posted to RCAF "R" Depot at Rockcliffe (near Ottawa) on July 26, 1943, followed one year later by his assuming the position of Temporary Squadron Leader on August 1, 1944. For his Second World War service, he was awarded the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. Wilson was Mentioned in Depatches (AFRO 874/44) and awarded the MID oak leaf to the War Medal 1939-1945, which was later followed by his award of the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (AFRO 340/49). Wilson was posted to Allied Force Headquarters in Ottawa from 1947 to 1952, followed by a transfer to RCAF Station at St. Hubert, Quebec. Flight Lieutenant Albert C. Wilson was discharged from service on August 7, 1956, at St.-Hubert, credited with having served in Canada and the United Kingdom. He died from arteriosclerotic heart disease on October 13, 1967, in Ottawa, Ontario, at the age of 57 and is buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Section G, Range 43, Grave 45.