A Royal Canadian Engineers Dieppe Casualty Group
1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Bar; War Medal 1939-1945; and Efficiency Medal with CANADA scroll, George VI (SGT. G.E. HOWSAM RCE). Naming is officially impressed on the EM. Plated, court mounted with swing bar pinback, ready for wearing, very fine. Accompanied by two string attached dog tags (stamped: A.18119 SGT. G.E. HOWSAM C. OF E. CDN.) and copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Personal Selection Report, Discharge Certificate, Canadian Efficiency Decoration Elligibility Form and Notification of Death. Footnote: George Edward Howsam was born on February 25, 1912 in Biggar, Saskatchewan. He had previous military experience with the 48th (R) Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, from March 1937 until September 1939. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 1 Field Park Company, Royal Canadian Engineers on September 18, 1939, in Sarnia, Ontario, stating that he had served previously in the Infantry/Artillery, that he was married and that he had two trades, Machinist and Carpenter. He was trained at London and Petawawa and departed for overseas service in December 1940 as a Corporal, disembarking at Gourock, Scotland. While in the United Kingdom, he was qualified Pioneer 'C' and employed as a Pioneer with trades pay throughout his service. With the war raging in France, the Canadian forces were ordered to country's northern coast. Sapper Howsam embarked for France on August 18, 1942 and was part of the Dieppe Raid, where he was wounded on August 19, experiencing shrapnel in the back and shoulder, along with a bullet wound in the first finger on his left hand, in addition to suffering from chronic bronchitis. He returned to the United Kingdom, to recover from his wounds. Howsam was recognized as " an N.C.O. who has evidently done a good job without complaints and whose experience is wide enough to warrant serious consideration for placement as A/I at R.C.E., C.T.C. He has courses in Bridging and Field Engineering. Is also familiar with mines, bombs and demolitions. Was Pln. Sgt. in France and served mainly in supervising locating and disposal of mines and booby traps. Also instructed reinforcements from Canada for 9 months at C.E.R.U." He continued his Pioneer service once he recovered from his wounds, later achieving the ranks of Acting Lance Sergeant, then Lance Sergeant. By February 1944, he was an Acting Sergeant, disembarking in France on June 12, and seeing action in both France and Belgium, suffering slight fragmentation wounds at one point. He returned to the United Kingdom at the end of September, reverting to the rank of Corporal and remained in action until he returned to Canada in December 1944. Howsam returned from overseas on compassionate grounds as P.O.W.E. and was temporarily posted at Ipperwash before being transferred to C.E.T.C., Petawawa Military Camp. He was discharged from active service on June 21, 1945 in London, Ontario, so that he would be able "to return to Civil Life, at his own request by reason of long service". He returned to work as a maintenance man with the Watford Public Utilities and died in 1991 in Watford, Ontario. Howsam's military service with the 48th (R) Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, from March 1937 until September 1939 and his war service with 1 Field Park Company, Royal Canadian Engineers from September 1939 to March 1945 confirmed his eligibility for the Canadian Efficiency Decoration.