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Kenneth Alleyne Medford, DSM


A/CPO Torpedo Coxn, V5989, RCNVR / 


Chief Petty Officer, RCNR


Born: 14 Dec 1917


Died: 25 Aug 2010, Montreal, Quebec


Awards and Decorations: DSM, 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, CVSM and Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal


MEDFORD, Kenneth Alleyne, DSM - Ken passed away after a short illness. He is predeceased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Medford of Montreal, brother Austin and sister-in-law Beverly. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, sons Gary (Karen) and Brian, nephews Kenneth and Gordon (Sylvia) and sister-in-law Edith. He was born in Montreal and was a long time employee of the CNR at Headquarters. He served for 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, participated in the Battle of the Atlantic in many convoy battles during WW2 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. At his request, a private Anglican service was held September 1st at Boundary Bay Cemetery in Delta. A drop-in reception in his memory will be held at the family home on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 1330 to 1630. Donations to charity of choice or Delta Hospital Foundation. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946.6040 (The Vancouver Sun 04 Sep 2010)


DSM Citation: MEDFORD, Kenneth Alleyne, Acting Leading Seaman (V5989) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Sackville - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 November 1942 and London Gazette of 18 November 1942. - "For devotion to duty and courageous service before the enemy. Acting Leading Seaman Medford, by prompt action in laying and firing the 4" gun in and engagement with a U-Boat in thick fog, caused damage to the U-Boat and thus made a substantial contribution to the result of the engagement."


Ken enlisted in the RCNVR on 17 Sep 1940 and was demobilized at HMCS DONNACONA on 07 Sep 1945


Ships served in:


HMCS BADDECK - Served in Baddeck 18 May 1941 - 05 Apr 1942 as OS/AB LR3, RCNVR. Commissioning crew

HMCS SACKVILLE - Served in Sackville 06 Apr 1942 - 03 Mar 1943 as A/LS Layer Rating 3rd class, RCNVR

HMCS KAMLOOPS - Served in Kamloops 01 May 1943 - 21 May 1944 as A/CPO Torpedo Cox'n, RCNVR

HMCS WENTWORTH - Served in Wentworth 22 May 1944 - 20 Jul 1945 as A/CPO Torpedo Cox'n, RCNVR



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(1) Portrait of LS Medford  (2) Ken's first parade at Montreal Division RCNVR, Jul 1940  (3) First pay muster - the 50 cent piece and nickel were saved as a souvenir  (4-5) Letter received by Ken Medford congratulating him on his award of the DSM - but also informing him of the death of a Lancaster pilot. The letter is from Ken's boss at CNR.  Ken took leave from CNR to join the Navy and went back to his job after the war.  (6) Ken Medford's membership card for "The Beaver Club". The Beaver Club was a club for Canadian's near Trafalgar Square in London  (7) Letter to Ken Medford with a copy of his citation for the award of the DSM from The Canada Gazette  (8) Telegram to Ken Medford from his parents - 16 Nov 1942



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(9-10) Ken Medford's annual assessment while on HMCS Sackville with comments on the back from his assessments on while on HMCS Kamloops and HMCS Wentworth (11) Newspaper article on awards to crew members of HMCS Sackville after action with U-boats  (12) Ken Medford interviewed after action with U-boats  (13) Newspaper article on HMCS Sackville's action with U-boats  (14) Newspaper article on Ken Medford's promotion to Petty Officer  (15) Ken Medford's membership card for the C&PO's mess at HMCS Donnacona  (16) Family that served - Top L:  Ken Medford with 1st cousin Gordon Brooks RCAF with wife Ivy. Top R: brother M. Austin Medford RCAF. Bottom L:  first cousin Eustace Heath RAF. Bottom R: Ken Medford with his brother Austin



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Awards Ceremony - CPO Ken Medford being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal at HMCS Donnacona - Jan 1946

(17-18) Capt. Campbell, CO, HMCS Donnaconna awarding CPO Medford the DSM(19) After the presentation, CPO Ken Medford, his wife Sylvia and Capt. Campbell  (20) Newspaper article from the Montreal Herald 26 Jan 1946  


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Some of Ken Medford's wartime memorabilia

(21) Wood Hammock spreader to keep the head area open. Spike and unofficial knife (blunted as per regulation) and handmade sheath used throughout the war. The standard pusser's dirk that no one used. A blade sharpener. And his oilskin sou'wester.  (22) a lead corvette - possibly made from ship's ballast  (23) Lamp made from a 2pdr Oerlikon shell casing  (24) an ashtray made from a 4-inch shell casing


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(25) As civilian rep for the Navy League Cadet Corps NorthCrest #8, Ken Medford is shown presenting an award to S/Lt Paquette (top right) at the 1962 Annual Inspection. The Corps had a complement of up to 115 cadets and held parades at Maple Hill School, Montreal East. The corps had a 16 cadet guard (.22 rifles fitted to take spike bayonets) and a large drum and bugle band that played in many local parades of all sorts. At top left, officers in the centre of the picture are Lt Roy Barker XO and Lt Ken Hall CO , both of whom gave of tremendous time and effort over many years.  (26) Ken Medford visits HMCS Sackville 60 years later - source: the Trident Magazine  (27) Remembrance Day ceremony / parade, Ladner, BC 2001


(28) RNCVR cap tally given to Ken Medford by Lyle Fitzpatrick who served in the RNCVR during World War 1



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