What I Found in a WWII Canadian Service File

While I was working on the book I was compiling for the Jordan family I learned that William or Syd as he was known had served in WWII. I filled out the paperwork from Libray and Archives Canada, sent away for the file, and waited.

Yesterday it arrived, an initial look through of the file and it seemed similar to the WWI service files that LAC has uploaded on their website. During my quick flip-through, one page caught my eye and I let out a little (well maybe a big) squeal. The very first time I laid an eye on my relative as an adult, and in uniform.  Not only one picture but 4, all photocopies, I wonder if they have the originals?JQppAmr4QDq2zXxc6H6q5g

I went back through the file a second time examining each page and there were a couple more things that I found quite interesting. It listed Syd’s education level, where he attended school and a list of the places he worked since leaving school. Anyone know what a pin boy is?fullsizeoutput_668e

If you are familiar with the Canadian WWI service files, similarly there are also the pages listing what courses he took, where he served during the war and any promotions.

Once discharged, Syd went on to work at other jobs but included in the file is that he reenlisted, was stationed in Germany and received permission to marry while there. In 1961 he was again discharged from the army. ArBQBv9HT%iLflmBn5xe2w

This service file has really added to my knowledge of Syd and I am grateful that LAC has allowed us to order them (with some restrictions).

If you would like to order a service file I have heard the wait time has been extended to 18 months. More information on ordering a WWII service file can be found on the LAC website.





  5 comments for “What I Found in a WWII Canadian Service File

  1. Joe O'Hagan
    June 14, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Hi Patricia Looks like a great find that very interesting. Are used to be a pin boy in my younger days at the Walkerton bowling alley. This was before automatic pinsetter’s were around and you had to manually pick up the pens and set them up so that the bowlers could throw the ball down the alley and knock them back down. Pin boys would normally get hit by the odd bowling pin especially when aggressive throws were made of the bowling ball. Best regards Joe O’Hagan

    Sent from my iPhone



    • June 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Of course, that makes sense. Thanks Joe cause all I could picture in my head was a young lad selling pins!


  2. June 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    WOWSER!! I had read that some files may contain photos, but alas, none of mine. Luck you, what a treasure!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      I wonder if the photo was taken when he signed up again? There is no date on it. Pretty thrilled here that’s for sure, and I was very excited to show it to his grandson!


  3. nicole stephens
    June 29, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I’m happy for you Patricia! You are so good, and work hard that’s why you always find interesting info’s! Bye the way, I was in Quebec city Thursday, and Friday, came back last night! Love visiting this city!


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