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?
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?
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.
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.