A Canadian Second War Group to the 48th Highlanders
A Canadian Second War Group to the 48th Highlanders - 1939-1945 Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945. Very crisp detail, dark patinas on the silver medals, star has been cleaned, original ribbons, mounted to a suspension bar with swing barpinback as worn by the veteran, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Particulars of Family of an Officer or Soldier of the Canadian Field Force, Service Records, Discharge Certificate, WD12 Confidential Paper and Death Notification. Footnote: John Bunting was born on September 17, 1901 in Belfast, Ireland. He signed his Attestation Paper on November 22, 1939 in Toronto, Ontario, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married to Mrs. Violet Bunting of Toronto and that his trade was that of Truck Driver. Upon enlistment, he had one daughter, Evelyn Bunting, age 15 and his father was Robert Bunting of Toronto. In regards to his education, he completed Grade 11 in Toronto in 1917 and left school for financial reasons, later attending Alexander Muir Night School for bookkeeping and general subjects between 1917 and 1919, while working a regular job as a messenger in the jewellery department with the T. Eaton Company in Toronto from 1916-1921. He then took a job with the firm as a driver on delivery service from 1921-1936. In 1936, he changed jobs, and was now employed as a Waiter in the beverage room of the Cameron Hotel on Queen Street West in Toronto, until his enlistment with the 48th Highlanders in 1939. He embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 18, 1939, disembarking at Gourock, Scotland on the 31st. Bunting was admitted to Connaught Hospital at Aldershot on March 5, 1940, then discharged on the 18th. He embarked Plymouth, England for the European theatre on June 13, 1940, disembarking Brest, France on the 14th. Although no clear explanation is documented in his records, he re-embarked St. Malo, France the next day, on the 15th, disembarking at Southampton on the 16th. Bunting was hospitalized twice more, as he was admitted to 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on October 1, 1941 for six weeks, being discharged on November 8th, and again admitted to 9 Canadian Field Ambulance on April 6, 1942 for two additional days, being discharged on the 8th. Bunting was struck off strength from the 48th Highlanders and taken on strength by the 4th Canadian Infantry Reinforcement Unit on May 28, 1943, Six days later, on June 3, 1943, he was struck off strength from the 4th Canadian Infantry Reinforcement Unit and taken on strength at Canadian Military Headquarters. He returned to Toronto on June 8, 1945 and was struck off strength upon being discharged on July 20th, at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto at the age of 43 years and 10 months. Bunting was credited with sixty-six months overseas service in the United Kingdom and France, as a trained infantryman and is also documented as being employed as a batman for four years. He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp on January 15, 1944, and the other three medals after the war. He planned to return to civilian life upon demobilization, but not as a Truck Driver, as the constant mounting and dismounting from the truck was too hard. His wish was to join the civil service, by either putting his experience in working in the beverage room of the hotel and his attained knowledge of beers and spirits to good use, by working at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, or failing that, the General Post Office. Bunting died on May 27, 1975 at the age of 73.