Military Service Recognition Book

135 ONTARIO COMMAND HAMILTON, William William was born in Banbridge, Ireland on July 8, 1902. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 and joined the Army on February 16, 1940. He served with the 48th Highlanders then transferred to the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. After serving in the United Kingdom and the central Mediterranean area, he was discharged on August 20, 1945. William was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the Canadian Efficiency Medal. He subsequently joined the Lorne Scots and was an active member of Orangeville Legion Branch 233 for many years. William passed away on June 17, 1987. HANCOCK, Ross O. A. Ross was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 12, 1925. He lied about his age and joined the Army at 16. He was found out and sent home so he joined the Air Force on February 2, 1943 at the age of 18. Ross was called to service with the Air Force and was part of the RAF Enquiry Service Unit #4 that served in Germany following the declaration of peace. Their job was to locate battlefields and downed planes and recover the soldiers who were M.I.A. when their craft crashed. They were given a limited time to accomplish the task and risked attack from the Russians who controlled East Germany. Their units often faced Russian fire but many soldiers rest in peace in marked and maintained resting places because of their efforts. He was discharged on September 30, 1947. Ross was a member of Harry Wray Legion Branch 302 for more than fifty years before he passed away on March 12, 2008. HANCOCK (THOMPSON), Dorothea J. Dorothea was born on January 22, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario. She joined the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force on July 21, 1942 and served with #4 Bombing and Gunnery after completing basic training at Rockcliffe, Ontario. As a Clerk/Accountant at two RCAF bases in Canada from 1942-45, she was responsible for generating and disbursing pay which amounted to about $.91 per day to her fellow airmen and women. Dorothea and her classmates were the first members to train at RCAF Trenton and she also served at Uplands. Dorothea married Ross Hancock, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, following her discharge on September 19, 1945. She has been a member of Harry Wray Legion Branch 302 for twenty-eight years.