A 2nd Lieutenant Commission Document to Military Cross Recipient
A 2nd Lieutenant Commission Document to Military Cross Recipient; Embossed with the Royal coat-of-arms with The Earl of "Athlone" (Governor General of Canada) overprint in black at the upper left, numbered in blue ink "64395" at the upper right, inscribed: "George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas. King, to Our Trusty and well beloved Cyril Cuddihy, Greetings. We, reposing special Trust and Confidence in you Loyalty, Courage, and good Conduct, do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint you to be an Officer in Our Canadian Army of our Dominion of Canada from the Eighth day of November 1940. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge your Duty as such in the Rank of 2nd Lieutenant or in such other Rank as We may from time to time hereafter be plased to promote or appoint you to, of which a notification will be made in the Canada Gazette, or in such other manner as may for the time being be prescribed by Us in Council, and you are in such manner and on such occasions as may be prescribed by Us to exercise and well discipline in Arms, both the inferior Officers, and Men serving under you and use your best endeavours to keep them in good Order and Discipline. And We do hereby Command them to Obey you as their superior Officer, and you to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as from time to time you shall receive from Us, or any your superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you. In Witness Whereof Our Governor General of Our Dominion of Canada hath hereunto set his hand and Seal at Our Government House in the City of Ottawa this Twentieth day of January in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty One and in the Fifth Year of Our Reign. By Command of His Excellency The Governor General", signed by "H. DesRosiers", Deputy Minister of National Defence, with the handwritten inscription in black ink "2nd Lieutenant Cyril Cuddihy / 2nd Bn., Le Regiment de Maisonneuve / Canadian Army" at the lower left, on a white linen stock, 316 mm x 396 mm, undulated, lightly soiled, very fine. Footnote: Cyril Cuddihy (TD-50545) was a Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion, Regiment de Maisonneuve RF when he signed his Canadian Active Service Force Attestation Paper on February 10, 1941. He began his military career in September 1929 as a Cadet COTC Loyola until June 1934. After a five year absence and with the Second World War in progress, he resumed his same status, from September 1939 until November 1940. He then began serving with the 2nd Battalion, Regiment de Maisonneuve RF as a 2nd Lieutenant, from November 1940 to February 1941. He was a Lieutenant CA (AF) and advanced to Major, while in service between February 1941 and August 1946. For his Second World War service, Cuddihy was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Bar and the War Medal 1939-1945. He was also a recipient of the Military Cross 1945. After a five and half year absence, he resumed his career as a Major CA (RF) with the Regiment de Maisonneuve from April 1952 to January 1954, when he applied for his Canadian Forces Decoration (MAJ C. CUDDIHY) after thirteen years and five and a half months service. He served until 1958.