A Second & Korean War Efficiency Medal Bar to Lt. Burnside
A Second & Korean War Efficiency Medal Bar to Lt. Burnside - 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Korea Medal (SC 800313 G.W.E. BURNSIDE); United Nations Korea Medal (SC 800313 G.W.E. BURNSIDE); Efficiency Decoration, GRVI with CANADA clasp (Lt. G.W.E. BURNSIDE); and Canadian Forces' Decoration, Elizabeth II (A/S SGT. C.W.E. BURNSIDE). Naming is officially impressed on the KM, officially engraved on the ED and CFD, privately engraved on the UNKM, while the five Second World War medals are un-named. The initial "G" has been replaced with a "C" on the CFD. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, plated, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Canadian Army Attestation Paper, two Canadian Army Certificates of Service, Service Records, Second World War Medals Award Card, Korean War Medals Award Card, Canadian Efficiency Decoration Receipt of Award Letter and two additional letters. Footnote: George William Ernest Burnside had a long career with the Canadian Army. He was with the Non-Permanent Active Militia from September 26, 1924 to October 30, 1938, appointed a 2nd Lieutenant on June 26, 1933, followed by a promotion to Lieutenant on June 26, 1935 with the Canadian Corps of Signals. Burnside joined the Algonquin Regiment on February 15, 1937 as a 2nd Lieutenant, then placed with the Reserve of Officers as a Lieutenant from October 31, 1938 to July 21, 1940. With the Second World War well underway, he attended a Winter Training Course with the Algonquin Regiment at Port Arthur, Ontario from November 3 to 15, 1940 and qualified as a Driver In Charge, Class III at Shilo Camp, Manitoba shortly thereafter. He was attached to the Canadian Signals Training Centre from July 7 to November 28, 1942, preparing for overseas service. Now a Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Signals, he was struck off strength upon embarkation from Canada on December 29, 1942, arriving in the United Kingdom on January 7, 1943 and taken on strength of No. 1 Canadian Signals Reinforcement Unit. Three and a half months later, he was assigned to No. 3 Canadian Division Signals on April 22, 1943. Seventeen months after his arrival in the United Kingdom, he embarked for the European theatre, arriving in France on June 10, 1944, four days after the Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day). One year later, with victory having been declared in Europe, he volunteered for Pacific theatre duty on June 22, 1945 but was never accepted for such. He remained on the continent, embarking North West Europe on May 8, 1946, arriving in the United Kingdom the next day and struck off strength of the Canadian Army overseas on June 3, 1946. Burnside was struck off strength of the Canadian Army on July 23, 1946, by reason of return to Reserve Status, at No. 2 District Depot in Long Branch, Ontario, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. For his Second World War service, he was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, number 377743. He was placed with the Supplemental Reserves from July 1946 to January 1947, then joined the Algonquin Regiment, where he was to remain until January 1950. While with the Algonquin Regiment, he was stationed at Kirkland Lake, Ontario from January 1 to September 15, 1948 and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration with Canada Clasp as a Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, in July 1949. He returned to the Reserves in January 1950, until June of that year, when he was called out from the Canadian Army (Supplemental Reserve) for duty with the Canadian Army (Active Force) under the Canadian Army Overseas at Camp Petawawa Summer Camp, from June 11 to August 21, 1950. As a Staff Sergeant, Burnside was permitted to resign his commission in the Canadian Army on November 26, 1950, on joining the Canadian Army Special Force, in the rank of Signalman on the 27th (Area Order 473/50). Burnside signed his Canadian Army Attestation Paper at No. 5 Personnel Depot, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, on November 27, 1950, in Kingston, Ontario, engaging for eighteen months' service and naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Burnside. He was appointed a Lance Corporal on June 25, 1951 but relinquished the appointment on October 21st, upon being transferred to 25 CIBRG (25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Replacement Group) for service in the Korean theatre. He embarked Canada for the Far East on December 5, 1951, arriving on the 7th in Japan. He was designated to draw pay of a Radio Mechanic Group 1 effective December 2nd, later seeing an appointed to Lance Corporal on March 1, 1952. After almost five months preparation in Japan, he left for Korea theatre on April 26, 1952, disembarking in Korea the next day. He was promoted to Acting Corporal on July 17th, reverting to Signalman 1st Class on July 26th. After three months in the Korean theatre, he returned to Japan on July 27th, embarking the Far East on August 2nd, arriving in the Untied States on August 13th. Burnside was credited with having served three months in the Korean theatre and was awarded the Korea Medal and the United Nations Korea Medal. He was assigned to No. 1 Canadian Signals Regiment at Kingston on December 1, 1952, confirmed in the rank of Corporal with the Royal Canadian Signals on January 20, 1953 and was to draw pay of a Radio Mechanic Group 3 effective May 23rd. He was transferred to Camp Borden on May 26, 1952 and would served the remaining thirteen years of his career there. He passed his Senior NCO's Qualification Course on May 20, 1955, which was followed by two promotions in rank, to Acting Sergeant on May 30th and to Sergeant on September 6th. Burnside was assigned to the Royal Canadian Army Cadets School at Camp Borden in a teaching roll on March 31, 1956. He re-engaged for six years' service on October 20, 1958, was re-mustered from Radio Mechanic Group 3 to Radio Equipment Technician Group 3 on March 3, 1959, which was soon followed by his passing the Radiation Monitoring Course on March 20th. Three years later, he was promoted to Acting Staff Sergeant on May 1, 1962 and was to draw pay of a Radio Equipment Technician Group 3Z effective October 1, 1962. Burnside was awarded the Canadian Forces' Decoration on February 7, 1963 and was promoted to Sub Staff Sergeant on October 1, 1963. Nearing retirement, he was transferred to HL No. 6 Personnel Depot in Toronto, Ontario on May 27, 1965. Five months later, Burnside was discharged from the Canadian Army at No. 6 Personnel Depot, on October 22, 1965, credited with having served in Canada and the Far East. He was issued the Canadian Forces' Service Pin in November 1988.