A Korean War Pair to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
A Canadian Korean War Pair to the PPCLI - Korea Medal (SM-18144 J.A. THOMAS) and United Nations Korea Medal (SM-18144 J.A. THOMAS). Naming is officially impressed on the KM and privately engraved on the UNKM. Un-mounted, original ribbons, extremely fine. Accompanied by a Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Cap Badge (two-piece construction, brass base with an overlaying silver insignia, 33 mm x 48.2 mm, intact lugs), a Canadian Army Parachutist Badge, a Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Shoulder Flash and a Korean War 25th Infantry Brigade Shoulder Patch, along with copies of his Service Records and Canadian Army Certificate of Active Service in a duotang folder. Footnote: John Albert Thomas enlisted with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps as a Private on May 31, 1952 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was struck off strength of the RCIC, HE No. 10 Personnel Depot in Edmonton and transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Calgary, Alberta, on June 8, 1952. Six months later, he was transferred to No. 11 Personnel Depot in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 3, 1952, posted to the Canadian Army Far East and placed on the "Holding List" for overseas service. Thomas embarked Canada for the Far East on December 11, 1952, disembarking in Japan on the 28th. Four weeks later, he left Japan for the Korean theatre on January 24, 1953, joining the 3rd Battalion, PPCLI upon arrival in Korea and after three months in the Korean theatre, returned to Japan on April 7, 1953. He embarked for Canada on October 30, 1953, arriving on November 14th and returned to No. 10 Personnel Depot in Calgary, where he was taken on strength of the 1st Battalion, PPCLI. He was posted to the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre from January to March 1954 for five weeks, attending the Para Jump Course No. 211. Thomas was discharged from active service on October 5, 1955, in Ottawa, Ontario, having served forty months in the PPCLI, credited with having served in Canada, along with ten months in the Far East, three of which were in Korea, entitling him to the Korean War Medal Pair. It is worthy to note, that much of the eight pages of his Service Records have been blacked out for security reasons.