The Twin Memorial Cross Group to Pte. Carmichael
The Twin Memorial Cross Group to Pte. Carmichael - Killed during Air Raid - Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; and two GRVI Memorial Crosses (B.92155 Pte. G.T. CARMICHAEL). Naming is officially engraved on the MCs, the others are unnamed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patinas on the CVSM and MC, light contact, near extremely fine. WWII medals are in their boxes of issue, the CVSM clasp in its packet of issue, the MCs in their cases of issue, all are very fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twenty-four pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Will, Official Canadian Army Overseas Casulty Notification, British Death Certificate (Certified Copy of an Entry of Death Pursuant to the Births and Registration Acts, 1836 to 1929, stating his death "Due to War Operations"), Province of Ontario Certificate of Registration of Death (stating his death as "Killed - enemy air raid"), Letter from H.F.G. Letson, Major General, Adjutant General (informing his widow of his death in the United Kingdom, dated July 15, 1943), Department National Defence Estates Branch Claim Form (stamped August 13, 1943), Letter to his Widow from the Estates Branch (regarding War Savings Certificates to be transmitted to his mother, Margaret Carmichael, and Victory Loan Bond to be registered in his widow's name, Gertrude Carmichael) and Correspendence from His Widow to the Estates Branch. Footnote: Gordon Thomas Carmichael was born on September 13, 1921 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of William and Margaret Carmichael. He had four sisters (Dorthy, Lilian, Jean, Annie) and one brother (Allan). He signed his Attestation Paper with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps on June 28, 1941 at No. 2 District Depot, in Toronto, listing his next-of-kin as his mother, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was single and that his trade was that of Auto Builder. He was taken on strength at No. 2 District Depot (AP) RCASC "B" Wing in Toronto, on June 28, 1941 as a Driver. After five months, he was struck off strength at No. 2 D.D. and taken on strength at No. 22 (Basic) Training Centre, North Bay, Ontario on December 6, 1941. He was then transferred to No. 19 Army Training Centre at Camp Borden, Ontario on February 4, 1942. While at Camp Borden, he was named Acting Lance Corporal on March 1, 1942, reverting to the rank of Private on March 15th, then appointed Lance Corporal on March 16th. By March 26th, Carmichael was classified DR (IC) Class III (Wheel), reverting to the rank of Private again on March 31st. He was also granted permisssion to marry, taking Gertrude Lenora Carmichael as his wife, in Toronto, on April 2, 1942. He found himself in the Camp Borden Military Hospital from May 18 to 26, 1942, with an undisclosed illness. He was taken on strength by the Canadian Army Overseas on June 14, 1942 and attached to 81 Canadian Artillery Company, RCASC. Carmichael tragically loss his life when he was killed by an enemy air raid attack, while on pass, visiting the Whitehall Theatre, East Grinstead, Surrey, at 17:30, on July 9, 1943, at the age of 21. He is buried at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, England, Plot 45, Row A, Grave 2. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried. In his Will, Carmichael stated that "I Give, Devise and Bequeath unto my wife, Mrs. Gertrude Carmichael, all my estate and personal belonging." His personal effects and receipt from the Paymaster in the sum of five shillings and seven pence (the cash that was found on him) were sent to his widow Gertrude Lenora Carmichael of Toronto. She also received his Memorial Cross, as did his mother, Margaret, also of Toronto.