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A Second War Canadian DSO Group

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A Second War Canadian DSO Group

WWII DSO Group of Eight, Distinguished Service Order, George VI (GR1), Silver-gilt and enamel, reverse officially dated “1944”, in Garrard case of issue; 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal, Silver; CVSM with overseas bar; 1939-45 War Medal, Silver, all with forwarding boxes; Canadian Memorial Cross , George VI on pin bar, (reverse engraved: MAJOR D.H. McCALLUM), in case of issue with Canadian Government memorial remittance card; Birks Silver Memorial Bar, (engraved: MAJ. D.H. MCCALLUM, D.S.O. R.C.E. DIED IN HIS COUNTRY’S SERVICE 25 JULY 1944),in original card folder with Government of Canada memorial remittance letter. EF. Footnote: Douglas Harvey McCallum was born on 21st October 1909 in Carberry, Manitoba. He was commissioned in the Militia as 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Engineers (N.P.A.M.) in December 1937. On 6th September 1939 he joined the Canadian Active Service Force and was sent to England at the end of 1939. In August 1940 he became a Captain and in May 1943 was promoted to a Major in command of 31st Field Company RCE. He was part of 21 Army Group that landed in France on 9th July 1944 and very quickly saw action at the River Orne crossing for which he received his DSO. He was killed in action on 25th July 1944 by enemy mortar fire. The province of Manitoba honored him by naming Lake McCallum after him. Comes with copy of Service Record and other information. Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette 21 December 1944, Canada Gazette, 4 November 1944:- “During the night 18-19 July 1944, 2 Canadian Corps made an assault crossing of the River Orne. This operation was one of the most important of the entire campaign, and its failure would have had a serious effect on the whole operation in Normandy. As part of the Corps plan, 31 Canadian Field Company, the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers, had the task of constructing a bridge over the River Orne at Caen to allow the passage of the so necessary supporting arms. Failure, therefore, to complete construction of this bridge would have had serious effects on the army plan. Major McCallum was in command of this operation and though harassed by mortar and sniper fire and by enemy planes, carried on with the task and brought it to a very successful conclusion. His courage and ability were of the highest order and undoubtedly contributed to the success of the operation.”
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