WWII Group to John "Jack" Wickenden Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
WWII Group to John "Jack" Wickenden Royal Canadian Corps of Signals- 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, extremely fine. Accompanied by his Canadian Army Soldier's Service and Pay Book, three Canadian Army Soldier's Pay Books (August 1943 to January 1944, February 1944 to January 1945, February 1945 to January 1946), two Canadian Army Photo Identification Cards (one card issued in Kingston, Ontario and dated February 1, 1943, the other card issued in Stratford, Ontario and dated and June 7, 1943), three Toronto Police Association Membership Cards (dated 1946, 1947 and 1949, respectively), two Toronto Police War Veterans' Association Membership Cards (dated 1946 and 1951, respectively), a Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association Membership Card (dated 1947), two letters addressed to Wickenden (one dated July 9, 1945, addressed to him while with 7 Construction Section, 1 Canadian Corps of Signals, with an accompanying envelope postmarked July 17, 1945 in Toronto, the other letter undated) and a Studio Portrait Photograph of Wickenden in Uniform (colourized black and white, 203 mm x 252 mm). Footnote: Ernest John "Jack" Wickenden was born on October 5, 1921 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Charles Richard Wickenden and Annie Wickenden. His highest level of education consisted of two years of high school in Toronto and one year on night school in 1941. He enlisted as a Signalman with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals on October 26, 1942 at No. 2 Military Depot in Toronto, at the age of 21. He is documented as being with STC #26 in January 28, 1943, and while in Europe, was with 1 Canadian Railway Line Maintenance Section, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Wickenden was named Acting Lance Corporal on April 3, 1944, promoted to Lance Corporal on June 10, 1944 and disembarked in France a month later, on July 5, 1944. He returned to Canada after the war upon the ceasing of hostilities.