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    Post by gimpycanuck on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:53 am

    Hi all, I am new at researching my Uncle's 2nd World war record, sadly he passed in 1972 plus I have very little to go on as my Uncle came from a strong Mennonite community, and from what I have learned his was not a popular choice. As a Mennonite myself I feel cut of the same cloth as my Uncle and remember him fondly. I am unclear but from snippets I have received from family he served with the Lord Strathcona Horse as a dispatch rider as well as tanker. He was slightly wounded by shrapnel while in service. I want to learn as much as I can, as my love and interest in WWII was born from the mystique of my Uncles service in the war. What direction and information should I need for this research, as little is available from my family.
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    Secondly, and certainly less important to me is the identification of a patch that I believe may have been 2nd World War vintage. It is a very unique patch, as I have never seen one before and all research has let me to a dead end. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    I could use any help I can get, especially with the research on my Uncle's war record

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    Post by pylon1357 on Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:58 am

    For your uncles service. Contact the LAC (Library and Archives Canada) I have provided a link that should guide you through the ordering process. If you have any questions regarding the process, post them and someone here will likely be along to help out.

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    Post by Bill on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:08 am

    Fort Churchill was the site of rocket testing post war. Both Canadian and US forces were involved, plus government and non-government agencies.
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    Post by Bill on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:10 am

    Can you read the shoulder title on your grandfather's uniform?

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    Post by Infanteer on Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:06 pm

    The holster appears to be leather as it is reflecting light. I wonder where this photo was taken and if it might possibly be a captured holster?

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    Post by edstorey on Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:08 pm

    The holster appears to be leather for a German P38. The photograph may have been taken in Europe at the end of the war.

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    Post by barriefield-brian on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:18 pm

    That's a nice patch. I have never seen one like it. Cheers Brian

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    Post by edstorey on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:41 pm

    Fort Churchill was the used for arctic and winter warfare training and testing, which is why it was used to test rockets.

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:12 pm

    I can not read the shoulder as the picture was not cared for before I got it, and yes I wondered about the holster, also the boots he is wearing just seemed different. I wish my family had been so close lipped about his service, and unfortunately most have died off.

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    Post by edstorey on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:29 pm

    The Boots are Dispatch Rider (Motorcycle) Boots as are the DR Breaches that he is wearing.

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the info on the boots, I knew my Uncle had done dispatch riding, and duty on tanks. But that is all I can find or learn about. I never did figure how a prairie boy from Niverville, Manitoba ended up with the Lord Strathcona Horse which I believe was more on the West coast, but I could be mistaken.

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:38 pm

    I think I figured out the holster. I believe it to be a GERMAN WW2 ARMY BROWNING HI-POWER GUN PISTOL BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER TYPE2, whether he had the original FN Browning Hi Power pistol made for the Germans, will be a mystery for me

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:27 pm

    Its amazing how far offtrack I managed to get. I was finally given three letters my Aunt received from my Uncle . At the time of these letters he seems to be in Holland with the 7th Recce. He mentions all the good natured ribbing between him and the boys from Montreal, Prarie Boy from a town in Manitoba no one had ever heard of vs Big city Montrealers. He states how much happier he is to have been transferred to this unit. But, no mention of his previous service or from which unit. If any of you can help as I am back to square one, but at least I can be sure of this one.

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    Post by Bill on Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:17 pm

    7th Recce was the recce regiment for 3 Canadian Infantry Divsion. The regimental name was the 17th Duke of Yorks Royal Canadian Hussars, and as you said they were from Montreal.

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    Post by Jonhno on Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:33 pm

    agree it appears to be a browning high power holster, as mentioned above write to the LAC and all your questions will be answered, will be a bit of a wait for the file but well worth it and you will have everything

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    Post by Chuck Biscuits on Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:49 pm

    Since im currently sitting with a tote that contains my holsters from ww2 in front of me i figured it the ideal time to compare..im looking at a nazi marked brown leather for the f.n.browning,a 1st pattern p38,a 2nd pattern p38,and both versions of the canadian web for the inglis browning...i think Ed is correct on both counts.that is a 2nd pattern p38 holster which he likely liberated and hes got a 4 medal ribbon bar on the tunic.my guess for the medals (left to right),1939-45 star,france and germany star,defense medal and c.v.s.m with maple leaf.it would suggest the photo was taken in 1945-46.

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    Post by George G on Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:45 pm

    My father in law was from a Mennonite family from Aberdeen Sask. near Saskatoon. He joined the the No 8 General Hospital in Dundurn. Sask. He landed on D day + 13 and went north.

    His mom and dad were okay with him signing up but after the war the church wanted him to apologize to the congregation. Since he had nothing to be ashamed of he told them to stick it.

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