WWII GROUP OF FIVE – NAVY
Swing mounted as worn group of five, comprising: 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star with France And Germany clasp; CVSM and clasp; 1939-45 Canadian War Medal with MID leaf (these four unnamed as issued); Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve LSGC Medal, impressed: P.O. M.J.T. FORTUNE V1 5166 R.C.N.V.R. (Last one a very scarce medal, approximately 200 have been issued). All medals in good very fine condition. Petty Officer John Terrence Martin Fortune, MID gazetted 4 July 1944: "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine for courage and skill in HMCS Waskesieu in successful operations against U-Boats in Atlantic". HMCS Waskesieu was the first frigate completed on the west coast, being commissioned at Victoria, BC on June 16 1943. She left for Halifax on June 8, working up in Bermuda the following month. On her return from Bermuda, Waskesieu left for Londonderry. She served mainly in UK waters, but in 1944 was used in support of the Gibraltar and Sierra Leone convoys. On 24 February 1944 while on escort to convoy SC153, she sunk the U-257. In April, she made a trip to Russia to act as an escort for convoy RA59. She was also present at the D-Day operations. HMCS Waskesieu returned to Canada for a refit in September 1944. After completion in March 1945 she again worked up in Bermuda and proceeded to Londonderry via Horta. In January 1946 Waskesieu was being paid off in reserve, and subsequently sold to Indian Government in 1947. Very fine Canadian WWII Naval group.