A Second War Canadian Efficiency Medal Bar with Case
Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Maple Leaf Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; and Efficiency Medal with CANADA Bar (SGT J. W. DRAKE). Naming is officially impressed on EM. Very crisp detail, plated, original ribbons, court mounted with swing bar pinback, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by ribbon bar of same and Cigarette Box (in silver plate, marked "Cavendish Plate E.P. COPPER England" and stamped "756" silver, engraved "THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO" and "J.W. DRAKE FOR 25 YEARS SERVICE", raised University insignia attached, 91.5 mm x 137.5 mm x 44.6 mm high, tarnished), also near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Service Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: John William Drake was a Trooper, serving with the First Hussars. He was struck off strength and discharged from the service by reason of "being found indispensible to civil occupation" on September 23, 1939, at London, Ontario. He enlisted as a Private at No. 1 District Depot C.A.S.F. AF (Canadian Active Service Force, Air Force) with the Canadian Army on July 8, 1940, promoted to Acting Sergeant on July 25 and then Sergeant, on October 27.Drake was taken on strength by the RCAMC (Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps) on October 15, 1940. After various postings in London, Chatham, Listowel and Stratford, Ontario, he was struck of strength from the Candian Army and taken on strength by the C.A.O.S. (Combined Air Observers School) at Leavesden, England on December 12, 1942. He held the rank of Acting Staff Sergeant from February 1, 1943 to March 12, 1943, reverting back to Sergeant.Drake returned to London in September 1943 until June 1945 when he was transferred to Montreal, Quebec. He is listed as "Repub from Armed Forces Sleeper Company RCASC (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps)" in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario throughout June 1945. He is listed "On Command" to Halifax, Quebec and Vancouver, then to the United States in November 1945. He returned to Canada in November with the A.F.S. (American Field Service) Company, transferring to the Medical School at Woodstock, Ontario in December. Drake was discharged on April 30, 1946 at London, credited with having served in the United Kingdom and the United States during World War II.