Military Service Recognition Book

91 ONTARIO COMMAND DEVLIN, Eric H. Eric was born near Perth, Ontario on December 1, 1920. He started his military career with 9 LAA Regiment, RCA, and with the Royal Canadian Regiment, serving in World War II and in Japan/Korea where he was wounded in action. He also served with NATO in Germany and with ICSC Indo-China. Eric is a Life Member of the RCR Association and is a Life Member of Perth Legion Branch 244 where he has served as President three times. has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Palm Leaf. He also spent 35 years as a volunteer with 585 Rideau Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and is a Life Member of 443 Rideau Wing, Air Force Association of Canada. In addition, he served many years on the Perth Town Council and has received numerous civic awards. DIEBEL, Kenneth W. Kenneth was born on June 9, 1925 in Hanover, Ontario. He joined the Army on May 14, 1943 and served with the 17th Duke of York’s Royal Canadian Hussars in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. After his discharge on March 29, 1946, Kenneth returned to civilian life, got married and raised a family before retiring to northern Bruce Peninsula. Kenneth has been a member of Lion’s Head Legion Branch 202 for sixty-seven years. He has served 25 years as Branch Treasurer, 14 years as District “C” Treasurer and is still looking after the pop tab collection for wheelchairs in tandem with Branch 229 in Elora, Ontario. DEWAR, Elmer W. J. Elmer was born on April 4, 1915 in Lost River, Quebec. He enlisted in the Army on August 3, 1940 and trained at Camp Valcartier in Quebec. After five to seven months of training, he traveled to Halifax for embarkation and crossed the North Atlantic Ocean in a convoy. The crossing itself took nine days. He disembarked at a Clyde estuary port in Scotland and was stationed with the Canadian Forestry Corps at Aboyne Aberdeenshire where he worked in sawmills and did forestry work such as cutting trees into logs for lumber, rail ties and crating for shipping supplies for the war effort. Elmer earned the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with a Ribbon and Clasp. He was a crack shot with a rifle and was a boxer for his unit. He was discharged on July 7, 1945 and worked as a millwright at a brickmaking plant in Kilmar, Quebec in the Laurentian Mountains. He also worked in the forest cutting logs and pulp, and used horses to pull the logs out of the bush. Elmer and his wife Frances raised 16 children. He died on September 13, 1981.