WWII Manitoba Community Appreciation Document to WWI MM Recipient
WWII Manitoba Community Appreciation Document to WWI MM Recipient - Red, blue and black inks on yellowed white stock, illustrating the crossed Union Jack and Canadian Flag, inscribed "The Citizens of Hargrave Community / To Cpl. T.R. Phillip M.M. / To ever keep before you the appreciation which is ours for the service you have rendered to King and Country and to the cause of freedom in the Second World War. / Your devotion to duty will always be an inspiration to us in the days to come", his actual name is spelled with one "l" but is spelled with a double "l" on the document, 202 mm x 253 mm, yellowed, very fine.Footnote: Thomas Russell Philip was born on February 29, 1896 in Kingston on Spey, Morayshire, Scotland. He worked as an Office Boy at a Stock Broker's in Glasgow between 1910 and 1912, before emigrating to Canada at the age of 16 and working as a Farm Labourer in Miniota District, Manitoba, until 1916. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 179th Battalion CEF, later joining the 43rd Battalion (Cameron Highlanders of Canada) on April 3, 1916 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 20, stating that he was single, that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battalion was raised in Winnipeg, Mantoba under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916 and sailed October 4, 1916, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.Y. Reid with a strength of 32 officers and 890 other ranks. They arrived overseas on October 13, 1916, with Sergeant Philip seeing service in the United Kingdom and France, where his actions with the Cameron Highlanders gained him his Military Medal. He was discharged April 27, 1919. He returned to work as a Farm Labourer in 1919, on various mixed farms in Manitoba, until 1933, where he found work at Bert Hitchings mixed farm at Hargrave, Manitoba and worked there until 1940. He enlisted for World War II service on December 19, 1940, taken on strength with No. 10 Company, Veterans Guard of Canada, entailing 72 months service, 60 of which were in the United Kingdom. He arrived overseas on October 19, 1941 with the Canadian Army, his duties including that of Guard Duty, Training and Runner in a Commandant's Office. Corporal Philip was discharged from service on November 29, 1946, at No. 10 District Depot in Winnipeg, Manitoba, under the authority of C.A.R.O. 1029 (5)(c)(i), to return to civil life on demobilization. He settled in Brandon, Manitoba after the war. For his service in both wars, he received the Military Medal with First Bar (859916 SJT: T.R. PHILIP. 43/MAN:R.); British War Medal (859916 SJT. T.R. PHILIP. 43-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (859916 SJT. T.R. PHILIP. 43-CAN.INF.); Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945.