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Decorations and medals.
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[19--], 1992-1995 (Creation)
- Martin, John Gartshore
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John Gartshore Martin, Col. DSO, MID, Q.C., was an officer in World War II and later became a lawyer in Kitchener, Ontario. The youngest son of John Alexander and Jessie (Wilson) Martin, John studied at the University of Toronto and was employed at the Waterloo Manufacturing Co. Ltd. until he enlisted in the Canadian army in 1941. At that time, he was posted to the Highland Light Infantry regiment as a reinforcement officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Before enlisting, he was a member of the Scots Fusiliers of Canada and trained with them at Niagara, Brockville, and Camp Borden. He also worked on staff at a military school in Vernon, British Columbia before being posted overseas in September, 1943. In 1944 he was transferred to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment (infantry), which participated in the landing at Normandy and the Allied advance through Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany. Martin was promoted to the rank of Major and was awarded several medals, including a Distinguished Service Order and mention in despatches. After returning to Kitchener in 1946, he married his fiance Mary Ann Kabel (daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Art Kabel of Kitchener) and enrolled in law school at Osgoode Hall. Upon graduating in 1949, he practiced law in Kitchener and retired as a senior partner of the law firm Clement, Eastman, Dreger, Martin & Meunier. Martin was involved in community service at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and several organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He and Mary Ann had three children: Cathryn Jean, John Jamieson, and David Alexander.
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Decorations and medals awarded to members of the Martin family, and various military insignia and memorabilia. Includes decorations awarded to John Gartshore Martin:
- Distinguished Service Order,
- 1939-1945 Star,
- France and Germany Star,
- Defense Medal,
- Canadian Volunteer Service Medal,
- War Medal 1939-1945 (oak leaf),
- 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, and
- a miniature set of these;
- medals commemorating 50th anniversary of the D-day landings and of the liberation at Bergen-op-zoom; and
- other military insignia memorabilia.
File also includes the Order of the British Empire (with miniature) awarded to John Alexander Martin; and a Silver Cross awarded to Jessie Martin on the death of her son William Jamieson Martin.
Material is oversized. Some corrosion on one insignia.