Old 04-15-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I recently acquired an antique canadian issue razor kit from I believe WWII

The soldier had put his regiment/serial number (I think?) on the case, and I am very curious to learn more about this regiment, or him personally and the deployments they were part of.

The number on the case reads: "R101028"

The initials following the number reads "JCM"

The razor kit can be seen here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48761/P4155399.jpg
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to CAW. It's in great condetion by the Picture. This is a "SWW" Canadian issued shaving kit, and seen a few.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Hello Ace, this is a hard one to help with. Other's on this site may have more information but I believe your find is actually a RCAF service number, not an Army service number.

During WW2, the RCAF other Ranks service number started with an "R"

SECOND WORLD WAR - RCAF OTHER RANKS.

The RCAF Special Reserve was created by Order-in-Council on 14 September 1939. Soon afterwards, "other ranks" were enlisted with an "R" number, which they kept unless commissioned.

For the Canadian Army, they used a letter to designate where the person joined the Army. These were as follows:

Regimental Numbering System

The Canadian Regimental Numbering System can provide you with information as to area where the soldier came from in Canada or at least where in Canada he joined the army. The Regimental number was always proceeded by a letter as follows:

A - Central Ontario

B - Toronto

C - Kingston

D - Montreal

E - Quebec City

F - Nova Scotia

G - New Brunswick

H - Manitoba

K - British Columbia

L - Alberta

M - Saskatchewan

N - Newfoundland

P - Permanent Force Joined the Army in the United Kingdom

If the first number is the number 6 you know he was a conscript soldier from Canada.

Later after the war the letter "S" preceded the letters listed above but the area stayed the same. Example SG was from New Brunswick, SF from Nova Scotia, SN from Newfoundland etc.

Now having said all that, trying to find out who's number this is, is difficult, as the WW2 files are not "open" (you can't just pop in a Regimental Number and it will tell you who's it was) UNLESS the service member died during the war or you have the name of the member and then it may be possible to order his military records, but as you only have initials, again it's difficult.

I've already tried to see if this service number is from a deceased service member and nothing comes up.

Maybe other's can help you or give you more info on this???

Not much help I'm afraid.

Cheers

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Old 04-15-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
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I just checked, and just the Service Number is hard. LAC Memorial Project page asks for full name.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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Thanks to all! Nice to be able to narrow it down to the RCAF.

I was able to find two names containing "J.C.M." in the RCAF in WWII. Probably long shots, but one was Sgt JCM Desrosiers - missing in action January 29, 1943
http://www.aquatax.ca/Memorial.html

I also found a J.C.M. Taylor, but not much else on him.

Many thanks in your assistance. Some things must remain a mystery :)

Regards,

Ace
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:19 PM   #6
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Thanks to all! Nice to be able to narrow it down to the RCAF.

I was able to find two names containing "J.C.M." in the RCAF in WWII. Probably long shots, but one was Sgt JCM Desrosiers - missing in action January 29, 1943
http://www.aquatax.ca/Memorial.html

I also found a J.C.M. Taylor, but not much else on him.

Many thanks in your assistance. Some things must remain a mystery :)

Regards,

Ace
It couldn't be JCM Desrosiers, here's his info and Service No:

Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947

Name: Joseph Claude Marcel Desrosiers
Birth Date: 12 Jan 1923
Birth Place: Rimouski, P.Q.
Residence: Montreal, P.Q.
Death Date: 29 Jan 1943
Service Number: R79377
Force: Air
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Next of Kin: Horace Desrosiers
Relationship: Pére
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