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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

Martin Cowal

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Martin Cowal, Stoker 1c, V71640

 

Crossed the Bar: 11 Oct 1999

 

War Medal 1939-1945,  Atlantic Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

 

HMCS Star

 

HMCS Montreal - 12 Oct 1943 - 25 Oct 1943

 

HMCS Donnacona

 

HMCS Bowmanville - 02 Jan 1945 - 27 Aug 1945

 

HMCS York

 

HMCS Star

 

Top Photo: Martin Cowal at HMCS Cornwallis

Letter from Dept. of National War Service delaying report to camp date for Martin Cowal

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Internal memo from Martin Cowal's employer stating that his military training has been postponed till Sep 1942.

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Internal memo from Martin Cowal's employer stating their the company's request to have his military training delayed has been denied

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Naval Training and Active Service Record for Martin Cowal

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Stoker Training Course photo - 91 Class

Instructor taking over, LS D. Jury, Jan 1944

 

(1) Wallace  (2) Ford, A., Burlington, ON  (3) Illife(Sp?), G., Montreal, QC  (4) Grove, Red Deer, AB  (5) Jury, D., Hamilton, ON  (6) Allan, B., Hamilton, ON  (7) Medon, A., Weston, ON  (8) Clewer, G., Trois Rivieres, QC  (9) Halowitz, Niagra Falls, ON

 

(10) Fox  (11) Strachan, G., Calgary, AB  (12) La Grandeau (Sp?), L., Toronto, ON  (13) McKeown, H., Toronto, ON  (14) Metcalfe, T., Regina, SK  (15) Lawrek, F., Dysart, SK  (16) Shumka, M., Kenora, ON  (17) Gilchrist, J., Calgary, AB  (18) Sinclair, G, Calgary, AB  (19) Doyle, E., Montreal, QC

 

(20) Hunter, J.  (21) Cowal, Martin.  (22) Harman, R., Oshawa, ON  (23) Hutchinson, A., Toronto, ON  (24) Kinley, Toronto, ON  (25) Ceils (Sp?), H., Toronto, ON  (26) Adams, T., Calgary, AB  (27) Doyle, F., Hamilton, ON  (28) Turnbull, BC

 

Click here to view a larger version of the course photo without numbers

 

Click here to view the names on the back of the photo

 

From the collection of Martin Cowel

Courtesy of Martin Cowel Jr.

Martin Cowal's certificate for purchase of Victory Bonds

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Certificate of Discharge for Martin Cowal

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Martin Cowal's Permission to Wear Uniform after his honourable discharge

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Statement of War Service Gratuity for Martin Cowal

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Letter or review and final closing of pay account for Martin Cowal

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

Letter to Carolyne Cowal with regards to her rehabilitation grant from Martin Cowal's service

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

German flare pistol

 

Webmaster's note: Martin Cowal told his family that the pistol game off a German U-boat.  HMCS Bowmanville was not involved in the boarding of a U-boat during the war, but she was present at Lisahally when the surrendered U-boats came in - which is when this pistol was likely acquired.

 

Click here to view two close ups of the engraving on the pistol

 

Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.

 

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