We happened to be in Amsterdam on May 4th this year, visting friends of my husband. Our friends took us around Amsterdam and showed us the National Monument at Dam Square. Later that night
Queen Beatrix would place a wreath to commemorate the war dead. Our friends had invited their daughters and one of the girl's boyfriends for dinner that evening. The young man was about 25 years old. He knew we were from Canada and he told us: Thank you for saving my Country , during the war. I felt humbled. He thinks Canadians are great people and he is thankful for something that happened over 40 years before he was born. I wonder how many 25-somethings could say the same in Canada.
So thanks again to the soldiers in my family who served their Country. I know it wasn't easy and I know all the scars are not visible.
James Meehan was a private in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Service # B98340. He enlisted on 19 January 1940 and was discharged on 15 February 1945. He served in the United Kingdom and France as a cook and a driver. He went to France in July 1944 and was hospitalised in October 1944 and evacuated back to a hospital in England in November 1944 due to "shell shock". His official discharge was 15 February 1945. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp (CVSM) 39-45.
George Meehan was a Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Special Reserve, Service # J41871. He enlisted July 9, 1942 and was discharged in September 25, 1945. He did not serve overseas. He is listed as Aircrew from 1942 to 1944 and Pilot from 1944 to 1945. He flew the Moth (Tiger & Menasco), the Harvard and the Yale aircraft. In 1944 he was a Staff Pilot- Training Officer and from January 1945 to August 1945 he served as Flight Control Officer and Deputy Flight Commander. He also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from Oct 3, 1951 to Nov 10, 1952 in the Auxiliary Aircrew List Pilot Branch as a Flying Officer.
FERGUS PATRICK HOWSON O'LEARY 1910 - 1946
Fergus O'Leary was a Corporal assigned to the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, service # B/119600. He died July 28, 1946 at Chorley Park Military Hospital in Toronto. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.
After WW11 he joined the reserves from 1947 to 1948. On Oct 22, 1948 he enlisted in the regular army with the Army Catering Corps where he was a cook. During this period he was stationed in the Far East, possibly Singapore and/or Hong Kong (1950-1952), Osnerboook, Germany (1956-1964) Aden, now Yeman (1964-1966) and then based in England, he was sent to Northern Ireland (1966-1967). His discharge date was December 6, 1967 with the rank of Corporal.