Category: Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

Categories: Canada, Military Decorations | Dieppe Raid, 1942

The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service from September 3, 1939, to March 1, 1947. The medal was established on October 22, 1943.

The medal is circular, made of silver (.925 fine silver), 1.42 inches (36 mm) in diameter. The obverse depicts seven marching figures, representing men and women of the army, air force, navy and nursing service. Around the rim is the inscription 1939 CANADA 1945 VOLUNTARY SERVICE VOLONTAIRE. The reverse shows the coat of arms of Canada. The medal is linked to a straight suspender by a small ring passing through a small fixed ring at the top of the medal. It is suspended from a 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide with a royal blue centre 0.5 inches (13 mm) flanked by two equal stripes of scarlet and dark green, the dark green being on the edges.

There were 1,183,000 eligible, with 650,000 medals and 525,500 bars awarded.

Overseas Bar
A silver bar with a maple leaf at its centre is awarded for 60 days service outside Canada; Newfoundland counted as outside Canada. A silver maple leaf is worn on the ribbon in undress.

Dieppe Bar
The Dieppe Bar is awarded to those who participated in the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942. The bar bears the word DIEPPE in relief on a pebbled background, on top of the bars is an anchor surmounted by an eagle and a Thompson sub-machine gun.

Hong Kong Bar
The Hong Kong Bar is awarded to those involved in the Battle of Hong Kong during the period 0f December 8—25, 1941.

Bomber Command Bar
The Bomber Command Bar was announced to honour those who served in Bomber Command during World War II by Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney and National Defence Minister Peter MacKay on June 25, 2012.[6] This bar is awarded for minimum one day service with Bomber Command. On April 15, 2013, the design of the bar was unveiled. The bar is silver with a depiction of a four engined World War II era bomber in the center, superimposed on a pebbled back ground. The first bars were presented on August 26, 2013, by Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino in a ceremony at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. Bomber Command Veterans, their families, and families of deceased veterans entitled to the bar were in attendance.

The ribbon was issued during the war; the medal after the war.


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Person Profiles (22)


17 May 1913 St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada - 28 Mar 1993 photo
07 Dec 1924 Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada - 13 Apr 1945 photo


20 Sep 1893 Boyndie, Banffshire, Scotland, United Kingdom - 15 Aug 1958 photo
03 May 1898 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 20 Nov 1966 photo
27 May 1912 Tiger Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada - 11 Sep 1944 photo


23 Jul 1903 Hamilton, Bermuda - 23 Feb 1991 photo
09 May 1921 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada - 08 Jun 1944 photo


05 Jan 1914 Franklin, Manitoba, Canada - abt 22 Dec 1941


27 Nov 1918 Lakeville, Wilmot, Carleton, New Brunswick, Canada - 30 Aug 1990 photo


27 Feb 1923 Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada - 29 May 1944


17 May 1924 Ceylon, The Gap No. 39, Saskatchewan, Canada - 12 Apr 1952
13 Jun 1925 Everett, Lorne, Victoria, New Brunswick, Canada - 27 Jan 2012
20 Jul 1923 Blue Mountain Bend, Victoria, New Brunswick, Canada - 18 Feb 1986
27 Nov 1922 Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canada - 18 Sep 1999 photo


22 Jul 1920 Carnew, County Down, Ireland - 27 Feb 1945 photo

M cont.

30 Nov 1919 Clarksville, Johnson, Arkansas, United States - 18 Jun 1947 photo
02 Sep 1915 Coldstream, Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick, Canada - 23 Sep 2008 photo


15 Jun 1918 Copper Cliff, Greater Sudbury, Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada - 25 Jul 1944


23 Apr 1914 Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 08 Aug 1944
25 Oct 1915 Petersfield, Manitoba, Canada - 25 Nov 1977 photo


15 Apr 1900 Colfax, Richland, North Dakota, United States - 29 Aug 1960
10 Jul 1914 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada - 22 Dec 1943

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