Old 03-12-2017, 06:28 PM   #1
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Hi,
My name is Heather and I am trying to find information about my uncle,

Lawrence Earl Sim - Rifleman. Died on June 6, 1944, at age 21 yrs. Was with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. L/104634.

I know nothing about the military, and actually what I have obtained here, except my uncle's first and last name, is from the Veteran's web.

Parents were Hugh and Lottie Sim. I am thinking Lawrence was born in Regina because from the time I was born, my grandparents called Regina home. Lawrence died 10 years before I was born.

My grandmother kept a framed photo of Lawrence in his uniform hidden in a trunk and I only got a passing look at it when I was 6 or 7 years old. Is there a way that I could get a copy of that photo?

I know I need to research WW2 more, but would my uncle have been conscripted, or would he have just signed up?

Many thanks for any and all help. Heather
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Heather.

Lawrence's service records are available on the Ancestry.ca website(http://search.ancestry.ca/cgi-bin/ss...2044&ml_rpos=1), these show that he was born on 19 Feb 1923 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

You should be able to get a free 14 day trial of the Ancestry website and so download a full copy of the available records.

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The War Diary for the RWR for June 1944, can be found here: http://lmharchive.ca/wp-content/uplo...peg-Rifles.pdf. Contained within this you will find details of what was reported to have occurred on the 6th June, and what the Regiment were doing between the 1st and the 6th.

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The CWGC record for Lawrence can be found here: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...AWRENCE%20EARL

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I really appreciate the photos! I will now go to Ancestry and look. Thank you for your help.

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Extrapolating from your acronyms post, appears he was a General Service man, so a volunteer. You might keep an eye out for any mention of 'called up/first call' if reasons for enlisting are recorded. My uncle was an L103 and elected to go active after receiving his notification that he was to be conscripted. Reasonable odds your uncle was the same.
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:38 PM   #9
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So far as I have looked it looks like my uncle volunteered. But I will keep an eye out for different information.
Abut the L - number ... does it signify other things besides being called a "serial number " ? I ask this because you indicate that your uncle was L103 (and my uncle was L104) and that he "elected to go active after receiving his notification that he was going to be conscripted".
Does your uncle's file contain paperwork indicating that he was going to be conscripted? Or was this something that was written on his original enlistment paperwork? My uncle's initial paperwork does not indicate his reason for enlisting. Is there somewhere else I might find more information about this?
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:09 AM   #10
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So far as I have looked it looks like my uncle volunteered. But I will keep an eye out for different information.
Abut the L - number ... does it signify other things besides being called a "serial number " ? I ask this because you indicate that your uncle was L103 (and my uncle was L104) and that he "elected to go active after receiving his notification that he was going to be conscripted".
Does your uncle's file contain paperwork indicating that he was going to be conscripted? Or was this something that was written on his original enlistment paperwork? My uncle's initial paperwork does not indicate his reason for enlisting. Is there somewhere else I might find more information about this?
Heather, his Regimental Number tells us this:

L - means he originally joined in Military District 12. This District was the Province of Saskatchewan.

104634 - tells us he was assigned to No 12 District Depot, Regina.

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