A Second War Memorial Group to the Royal Canadian Air Force
A Second War Memorial Group to the Royal Canadian Air Force - Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; and Memorial Cross GRVI (R252191 CPL. R FARRELL). Unmounted, war medals are unnamed, with original ribbons. MC has "9" instead of an "8" in his service number versus his records (R252181), exhibits tarnishing, with replacement ribbon. Near extremely fine. Accompanied by fourteen pages with copies of his Service Award Computer Card, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate, Department of Veterans Affairs Service Interview Summary and Letters from the Canadian Pension Commission and the War Service Records Department. Footnote: Roderick Farrell was born in Benacadie, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia on October 23, 1900. He completed Grade 9 at Benacadie School and was able to speak, read and write both English and Celtic. He signed his Attestation Paper with the Royal Canadian Air Force on February 11, 1943 at No. 16 Recruiting Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, stating that he had no previous military service. He named his wife, Mary Ann Farrell of Benacadie, as his next-of-kin and stated that he had four children, all boys: John Hugh (age 6), Roderick Joseph (age 5), Alphonsus Cajetan (age 3), Peter Danier (age 1). A fifth son, Alexander James, was born afterwards. At the time of attestation, both his father, Hugh Farrell of Benacadie and his mother, Sarah McInnis of Shenacadie, Nova Scotia were deceased. As a teenager, he went into business with his father and farmed for the next four years (1916-1920), before working as a Miner (1920-1923). He accepted a position as Postmaster (Postal Clerk "A") at Benacadie (1926), in addition to holding down a job as a Farmer and owing the local General Store (1923-1933). He continued as have the Postmaster position as a "sideline", but gave up the farming and grocery business, in favour of taking a position with the Nova Scotia Department of Highways, in Sydney, Nova Scotia as a District Foreman (1934), later giving up both jobs in 1943, to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. He enlisted as an Aircraftman 2nd Class and did his formative training at No. 5 Manning Depot at Lachine, Quebec (April to June 1943). He soon attained the ranks of Aircraftsman 1st Class (April 13, 1943), Leading Aircraftman (July 13, 1943), Acting Corporal (October 1, 1944), all while a Clerk with the Post Office, where in the course of a year and a half (April 1943 to October 1944), he attained the Group Grades "S, C, B, A" thanks to a series of Postal Courses, eventually serving as second in charge of the Post Office, as well as later being promoted to Corporal. He is documented as having served in various locations in Nova Scotia (Halifax, North Sydney, Shelburne, Dartmouth, Greenwood) and Moncton, New Brunswick. He served with the RCAF for twenty-eight months, In his Department of Veterans Affairs Service Interview Summary, dated June 26, 1945 at Halifax, the interviewer noted that he "has (a) good service record for trade ("A" Group) and conduct." The RCAF had discovered that Farrell had a heart condition while in service. The interview was conducted, in order to help him find employment after his war service. It stated that his "Heart condition is such that he will be unable to undertake anything but the lightest forms of work with as little worry and effort attached as possible. He will require maximum amount of rest." He was 45 years old, with a wife and five children, all dependent upon him, Mary having run the 200 acre farm with a hired hand in his absence. It went on to state "The medical report indicates a condition which will make almost impossible his return to road construction foreman" and "that farm operation would not be a suitable alternative in that, being alone on the farm he would be frequently be called upon to work hard and long. He is very desirous of remaining in Benacadie but has indicated a willingness to obtain employment in Sydney if necessary. The latter would appear to offer the best solution with employment in Provincial of Federal government service (Post Office for instance) in keeping with his condition." The RCAF encouraged him to apply for a Pension. Two days later, Farrell was discharged on medical grounds at No. 1 Release Centre in Halifax on June 28, 1945. For his war service, he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945 and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, number 260668. Four years after departing the RCAF, he died of a heart attack on August 4, 1949 at Benacadie. In a letter dated June 19, 1953, the Canadian Pensions Commission determined that his death was related to his World War II service. In another letter, this one from the War Service Records Department, dated July 15, 1953, addressed to his wife Mary, it confirmed that she was to receive his Memorial Cross, upon her confirmation of address.