Military Service Recognition Book

75 ONTARIO COMMAND COLHOUN, John Leslie John was born in Omagh, Ireland on November 21, 1895. He emigrated from Ireland prior to World War I and worked for the Bank of Commerce. He enlisted in 1915 and served with the 48th Highlanders, Canadian Infantry, in the second Battle of Ypres. On April 23, 1915, he was gassed by the Germans. He fought on but the French army retreated and he was taken prisoner. John was discharged in the Hamilton Hospital on July 17, 1919 and died in the Christie Hospital on April 13, 1921. COLLINS, Alger R. Alger was born on August 16, 1923 in Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick. He enlisted in August 1940 and served in Gander, Newfoundland with the Royal Rifles of Canada. Alger was killed in action in Hong Kong on December 23, 1941. COLLING, Melvin E. “Mel” Mel was born on February 9, 1919 in Lowville, Ontario and was a volunteer in the Air Force, reporting for duty on December 8, 1941. He trained as an Armourer at the Mountain View Bombing and Gunnery School in Manitoba then was sent to the RAF station at Middleton in St. George, England, attached to the # 419 (Moose) Bomber Squadron. In May 1944, he volunteered for hazardous duty, landing on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 as part of the advance unit of #419 Repair and Salvage Unit. This tour of duty took him to Brussels, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Vokel and Lunenburg, ending on the German airbase at Lubeck at war’s end. He was repatriated to Canada in September 1945. His service medals include the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal (United Kingdom), the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, and the Victory Medal 1939-1945. Mel passed away on January 29, 2008.