A First War Group to the Royal Canadian Dragoons
A First War Group to the Royal Canadian Dragoons - 1914-15 Star (1477 PTE. H.W. WILSON. CAN. A.S.C.); British War Medal (1477 PTE. H.W. WILSON. C.A.S.C.); Victory Medal (1477 PTE. H.W. WILSON. C.A.S.C.); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. Naming on the First World War trio is officially impressed, the Second World War pair are un-named. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his First World World Index Cards, Attestation Papers, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificate, along with copies of his Second World War Service Records, Service Award Card and RCAF Certificate of Service. Footnote: Harry Wallace Wilson was born on June 12, 1896 in Gateshead, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, the son of William Edward Wilson and Lavinia Wilson. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (1477) with the 2nd Canadian Field Bakery, on December 7, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 18, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Lavinia Wilson of Toronto, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Baker. He embarked for England on April 24, 1915 aboard the S.S. Missanabie, arriving shortly after. Upon the completion of his training in England, he entered the French theatre with the 2nd Canadian Field Bakery, Canadian Army Service Corps, on September 16, 1915. Wilson was admitted to No. 11 General Hospital at Boulogne with "Myalgia" (muscle pain, a symptom of many diseases and disorders) on November 17, 1915, then transferred to the Convalescent Depot on the 21st, before being discharged on December 2nd, returning to his unit in the field. Six weeks later, he was admitted to No. 14 General Hospital at Wimereux with "Scabies" on January 11, 1916 and after two weeks' treatment, was discharged to duty on the 25th. One year later, he was transferred to the Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot on January 4, 1917, then struck off strength on proceeding to Canada on January 25th, where he was discharged at Quebec City, Quebec, on March 8, 1917. Wilson re-enlisted, this time with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, signing his Attestation Paper on May 29, 1917 in Toronto, two weeks shy of his twenty-first birthday, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Lavinia Wilson of Toronto, stating that he had two and a half years' previous service with the 2nd Field Bakery, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Baker. He signed an additional Attestation Paper on February 20, 1918 in Toronto, at the age of 22, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Lavinia Wilson, now of Halifax, Nova Scotia, stating that he had two and a half years' previous service with the 2nd Field Bakery, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Baker. At the time of his signing this third Attestation Paper, his father was serving in the Canadian Navy in Halifax aboard H.M.C.S. Niobe. Wilson arrived in England on March 18, 1918 with the Royal Canadian Dragoons and was taken on strength at Somerset Barracks on the 20th. He was transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Troop at Maresfield on May 20, 1918, then posted to the Machine Gun Cavalry Squadron onSeptember 20th. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, he was posted to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot on April 13, 1919, then transferred to the Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park on May 15th for return to Canada. He was struck off strength to Canada on June 2, 1919 and was discharged upon demobilization on June 11, 1919 at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, and now a Bus Driver by trade, Wilson answered the call to duty, re-enlisting on September 2, 1940, as a Corporal at the Militia Training Centre in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 42. He was discharged on September 27th at Toronto, struck off strength on reverting to Non-Permanent Active Militia status. One week after his discharge, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force at No. 1 Manning Depot in Toronto, on October 5, 1940, in the rank of Aircraftman 2nd Class (R.78013) for the "Duration of Hostilities". He was posted to No. 8 RCAF Station at Trenton, Ontario on April 5, 1941, where he attended a Service Police Course. He was transferred to No. 1 Initial Training School in Toronto on May 17, 1941 and promoted to Acting Corporal (unpaid) and Aircraftman 1st Class, seeing additional training at Leaside (ON), Clinton (ON), San Francisco (CA), Black Rock (NY) and Buffalo (NY), followed by a promotion to Leading Aircraftman on August 17, 1941. Wilson was discharged on September 17, 1942 at No. 1 Training Command Headquarters in Toronto, upon appointment to a commission as a Flying Officer. He was posted to No. 5 Manning Depot in Lachine, Quebec on September 19, 1942, then posted to Trenton, followed by postings to various RCAF bases in British Columbia (Boundary Bay, Gordon Head, Bella Bella and Sea Island) between 1942 and 1944. He was posted to No. 4 Wireless School in Guelph, Ontario from June 1 to December 11, 1944, to No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School at Fingal, Ontario from December 12, 1944 to February 4, 1945, followed by a posting to No. 4 R.C. in Toronto. Wilson was struck off strength on February 17, 1945 "by reason of Retirement, on completion of a term of voluntary service during an emergency and was transferred to Class "E" General Section of the Reserve" (Special Section, Non-Flying List, Provost and Security Branch), credited with having served in Canada from October 4, 1940 to September 17, 1942 in the ranks, and as a commissioned officer until February 17, 1945. For his Second World War service, he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945.