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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

John Clement Dean Thomas, DSM

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John Clement Dean Thomas, DSM, L/Coder, V11857, RCNVR

 

Enlisted: 11 Sep 1941   Demobilized: 10 Oct 1945

 

Born: 17 Aug 1921   Crossed the Bar: 18 Jul 1983

 

HMCS Unicorn

 

HMCS Bellechase - 28 Feb 1942 - 19 Feb 1943

 

HMCS Bayfield - 16 Mar 1943 - 21 Jul 1945

 

HMCS Chippawa

Medals for John Thomas, DSM

 

Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), The 1945 Star, The Atlantic Star w/France and Germany bar, The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and the War Medal

 

Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Bayfield - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 30 March 1946 and London Gazette of 11 December 1945 - "For distinguished service during the war in Europe." It is respectfully requested that the following rating may receive recognition and honorable mention for his devotion to duty and hard labour over and above the normal requirements of his rating. The above mentioned qualities in this man were observed by me during the working up programme, preparation for, and the actual execution of Operation Neptune and the subsequent minesweeping, and in my opinion, this ratings, by his efforts, accomplished a major part of the preparation for the assault in this ship.. Letter is signed by Lieutenant F.A. Cunningham, Commanding Officer of HMCS Bayfield.

 

Courtesy of Rick Thomas

Service Documents of John Thomas, DSM

 

           

 

Courtesy of Rick Thomas

 

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