A Rare Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Medal Group to Stoker Forbes
A Rare Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Medal Group to Stoker Forbes - 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Geo VI, (D) IND. IMP. (STO PO W.A.A. FORBES). Naming is officially impressed on the RNVRLSGCM. Court-mounted, original ribbons, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by his 19th Albert Dragoons Attestation Paper, Naval Service Records, Medals Award Card (confirming his award of the four Second World War medals) and a Letter Confirming His Award of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (dated March 7, 1944). There were only 200 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal issued to Canadians. Footnote: William Albert Atkinson Forbes signed his Attestation Paper as a Trooper with the 19th Alberta Dragoons, Active Militia of Canada, on June 4, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta. He served just less than six years with the 19th Alberta Dragoons, before being discharged on February 15, 1935, at Alberta Dragoons Headquarters in Edmonton. Six months after his discharge from the 19th Alberta Dragoons, he enlisted as a Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, on August 3, 1935, seeing service aboard H.M.C.S. Naden. He was later promoted to Stoker 1st Class and saw service with three other ships: H.M.C.S. Skeena, H.M.C.S. Edmonton and H.M.C.S. Fraser in his three years' service prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Upon the outbreak of the war, Forbes enlisted as a Stoker 1st Class (V12196) with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve on September 15, 1939, beginning sea service on November 12th. He joined H.M.C.S. Ottawa, serving from November 14, 1939 to August 24, 1941, in the Pacific and Atlantic theatres, and in Greenock, Londonderry and Liverpool. During his tenure with H.M.C.S. Ottawa, he was named Acting Leading Stoker on October 15, 1940, which was followed by his posting to H.M.C.S. Stadacona, where he was named Leading Stoker on October 15, 1941 and Acting Stoker (Petty Officer) on January 1, 1942. He served with H.M.C.S. Beaver on Local Service from March to May 1942. He was transferred to H.M.C.S. Baddeck for the "Triangle Run" from May to October 1942, also filing his Last Will and Testament on October 8th. He saw postings at H.M.C.S. Stadacona and H.M.C.S. York during 1943 and was named Stoker (Petty Officer) on January 1, 1943. He was transferred to H.M.C.S. Gaspe on January 1, 1944, entrusted with sweeping exercises out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, followed by service aboard three other ships over the next twenty-two months: H.M.C.S. Nonsuch (effective May 25, 1944), H.M.C.S. Protector (effective August 5, 1944) and H.M.C.S. Algonquin (effective May 26, 1945). Forbes returned to H.M.C.S. Naden on November 12, 1945 for eight days, before seeing his final transfer, to H.M.C.S. Nonsuch on November 20th, where he was discharged from active service on December 21, 1945, credited with having served in Canada and on the High Seas on Sea-Going Ships-of-War (Atlantic Zone).