WWII Memorial Cross - RCAF
WWII Memorial Cross - (A.C2 N.H.C. WYMAN R-251469). Naming is officially engraved. Crisp detail, contact marks, silver and enamelled RCAF wings hanger with pinback, very fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twenty-one pages with copies of his Computer Card, Attestation Papers, Service Records, Medical Records, Will (dated March 20, 1943), Official RCAF Casualty Notification (dated May 8, 1943), Province of Ontario Certifcate of Registration of Death and Department of National Defence Estates Branch Form (dated May 18, 1943). Footnote: Neville Hilton Carruthers Wyman was born in Swansea, South Wales on October 14, 1921. He was the son of Edwin Carruthers Wyman (father: born in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), later a Business Manager in Winnipeg) and Dorothy Josephine Wyman (nee Luce, mother, born in Cardiff, South Wales). He was age three when he emigrated to Canada with his parents, settling in Ontario for the next four years. They returned to England for two years, before coming back to Canada, again settling in Ontario, and later, Manitoba. It was here that young Wyman was educated at Earl Grey School (1935-1938), then at Kelvin Technical School (1939-1940), both in Winnipeg. Upon graduation from Kelvin, he attended the University of Manitoba (1940-1942) taking Science, then moving to Ontario, to attend the University of Toronto (1942-1943) Civil Engineering School as an Engineering Student. Between the school years at the two universities, he was an end of season Bell Hop at the Banff Springs Hotel. He also held down various summer jobs over the years, including office boy, farm labourer, taxi driver, usher and salesman. While still in Manitoba, Wyman signed his Non-Permanent Active Militia of Canada Attestation Paper on November 8, 1941 at Winnipeg, Mantoba, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Josephine Wyman and stating that he had 110 hours service with the University of Manitoba Training Unit (COTC) as a Private from 1940-1942. He completed his Annual Training at Local Headquarters (1941-1942) and in Camp (May 2-16, 1942). While at the University of Toronto, he was a Corporal during his COTC training (1942-1943). Wyman signed his Royal Canadian Air Force Attestation Paper on March 10, 1942, at No. 1 "M" (Military) Depot in Toronto, Ontario, the form stamped "Special Reserve" at the top, stating that he was single and acknowledging that he had made a previous application with the RCAF in Winnipeg in 1940 but had been declared "Unfit for aircrew" due to "defective vision". He qualified at NCOs Night School December 12, 1942, was appointed Acting Corporal in the new year on January 13, 1943, then promoted one month later to Corporal on February 13th. He was stuck off strength of the RCAF on March 18, 1943. He became sick while at No. 1 "M" Depot to on April 20, 1943, experiencing a "sore throat, fever, chills" for the previous twenty-four hours. The day after, he was transferred to the Riverdale (Toronto) Isolation Hospital on the 21st, the doctor noting that he "appears acutely ill", that Wyman was experiencing "pain in (his) abdomen on inspiration & on coughing" and that he "is unable to eat". Over the next two days, the doctor noted that Wyman's condition was deteriorating: "patient restless, mentally upset & odd moments when he is rational", that Wyman's "pulse rapid, irregular & of poor volume", his "condition - serious". By the early morning of the 23rd, he was on death's doorstep, the doctor noting the "patient unconscious" and Wyman's "respiration gasping". He was declared dead at 2 AM, at the age of 21, cause of death stated as "pneumonia due to scarlet fever with complications". His funeral was conducted the next day, April 24th, by Flight Lieutenant Maloney, Protestant Chaplain of No. 1 "M" Depot (as Wyman was an Anglican by faith), at the Necropoles Chapel in Toronto. He was cremated and his ashes were housed at the funeral home until further arrangements for their transport to England could be made. His mother was residing at the Royal Cecil Hotel in Toronto at the time of his death. In his Will, it stated that "I Give, Devise and Bequeath My Whole Estate" to his mother, and in the event of her death, his estate was to go to his sister, Opal Dorothy Case of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In his Department of National Defence Estates Branch Form, dated May 18, 1943, his mother answer all the questions. She was unable to complete the document until May 25th, noting her reason: "This form would have been completed and returned sooner, but I have been very ill since the death of my son. I would appreciate it very much if this matter could be completed and closed as soon as possible. There will doubt be several things to be taken care of in Toronto after you send me the personal effects of my son and I am very anxious to go to Halifax to be with my daughter. I have to be with her in June as she is going to have a baby. Once again I implore you to get this matter settled as soon as possible as you will agree the sooner I have finished with my son's personal effects and things connected with his death, the sooner I will be able to get over the shock of his loss." She received his Memorial Cross.