Russell, Harry A (CWO) Born in Chatham NB on 04 Dec 1926 passed away in Fredericton NB on 18 May 2011, Harry served during the Second World War with RCNVR from 1944 to 1946 demobilized the re-enlisted in the Army and was posted to Royal Canadian Signal Corps in Kingston and retired in 1980. During his service his posting were: 1953/54 Cdn Comm. Z Dets in Kure Japan, 25 CIB Sigs, CMMFE Tokyo Japan, 1958/59 MCCD Vietnam (Indo-China) 1961 57 Cdn Sigs Unit (ONUC) Congo, 1974 Chief ComOp HQ UNEF Cairo. His decorations were Burma Star, CVSM & Clasp, War Medals 1939-45, ONUC (Congo), UNEF (Cairo) ICSC (Indo-China) CD & Clasps
During his school years Harry joined the Army Cadets and took training at Camp Utopia in New Brunswick. After finishing High School in Chatham in 1943 he tried to enlist in the Air Force but was too young. In 1943/44 he worked for #10 Air Observer School, in the meantime he enlisted in RCNVR and was called for duty in 1944. While serving in the RCNVR his duties were in the Atlantic, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean to India and Ceylon, through the MALACCA Strait clearing mines to Singapore then on to the Philippine Islands, Formosa Island and to Hon Kong until the war was over. Sailed to Wake Island then went on to the Hawaiian Islands where the shore was undertaken (seeing Pearl Harbour etc.) Then return to Canada (Esquimalt BC) for leave and demobilization in 1946.
Re-enlisted in the Army in 1946 and posted to Royal Canadian Signals Corps in Kingston Ontario from 06 Dec 1946 to 12 August 1948. In summer 1948 a shot posting to East Comd Sigs then posted to NB Area Sigs Tp from Aug 1948 to 23 Jul 1950. From 24 Jul 1950 to 04 Sep 1953 1 Army Sig Sqn in Ottawa Ontario.
From Sep 1953 to Sep 1954 posted to Japan/Korea while overseas was attached to Cdn Comm. Z Dets BCFK Kure, 25 CIB Sigs Tp, CMMFE Tokyo Japan returned to Canada and posted to East Ontario Sig Sqn (Kingston On) from 1954 to 1958, while in Kingston was attached to HQ East Ont Area (I Staff Trg) Signals Comms and Morse Code etc, to Army Cadets and Schools in Eastern Ontario Area.
Nov 1958 to Nov 1959 posted to MCCD Indo-China (Saigon) returned to Canada and posted to 1 Army Sig Sqn until May 1961 then posted to 57 Cdn Sig Unit (ONUC) Congo stationed in Elizabethville and opened station in Bukavu, returned to Canada and posted to 1 Army Sig Sqn in Ottawa until May 1963 then posted to Alta Sig Sqn Edmonton until July 1966, while in Edmonton was promoted to Master Warrant Officer.
1966 posted to NB Sigs Sqn Fredericton as QMS WO II (SSM) closed out NB Sigs and moved to CFB Gagetown CommDet (724 Comm. Sqn) from Jan 1967 to Jun 1973
1973 posted to HQ 73 Comm. Gp Winnipeg Manitoba (Comm. Supt) supporting stations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In Feb 1974 posted to HQ Canadian Contingent UNEF Middle East (Cairo HQ)
Harry was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 Fredericton, The Blue Helmets (Peacekeepers) and a volunteer with the Red Cross Canvassing and Diabetes Foundation.
The Funeral service will be held from Bishop's Funeral Home, 540 Woodstock Road Fredericton on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Monte Peters officiating followed by a Legion Tribute Service. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
PIERCE, Benjamin Ronald Cyrus - (Retired Warrant Officer, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and Correctional Officer, Collins Bay Penitentiary). Peacefully, with family by his side, at Kingston General Hospital, on Tuesday May 17, 2011. Beloved husband of Kathryn Nasheim. Dear father of Richard (Brenda) of Oakville and Gordon (Cindy) of Innisfil. Loving grandfather of Jason, Suzanne, Jackie, Liza and great grandfather of Emma. Also remembered by Jeff, Moira, Elaine, Jerry, Jim and longtime friends, family and Spooky the cat. Predeceased by his first wife Muriel Pearl Stevens, second wife Ruth Pierce, son Darold Roy Pierce and grandson Sean. Ben was loved for his sense of humor, anecdotes and his enjoyment of card playing. The family would like to thank the staff of Connell 3, KGH for their compassionate care as well as the management and staff at the Marriott Residence Inn. The family will receive friends at the Township Chapel of GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive on Friday May 20, 2011 between the hours of 7-9 p.m. A Private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations the Kingston Humane Society or the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family
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