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1939-1945 Star.

The 1939-1945 Star that was awarded to Cameron Hill for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Also includes the accompanying medal ribbon as well as the original box that the medal was received and stored in.

Hill, Cameron Clare

A Wartime Log.

A log book published by the War Prisoners Aid of the Young Men's Christian Association in Geneva, Switzerland and given to Cameron Hill while he was a prisoner of war during the Second World War. Includes the original letter sent with the book to Cameron Hill by the Young Men's Christian Association.

Cameron filled the log book with poetry, diary entries, lists of rations, excerpts from correspondence, contact information for fellow prisoners of war that he met, and artwork completed by himself or other prisoners of war. In addition, Cameron pasted greeting cards, a photograph as well as Italian and German prisoner of war camp vouchers into the book.

Inside a pocket adhered to the back cover of the log book, Cameron stored additional items he accumulated before and after he was captured as a prisoner of war. This includes a Royal Canadian Air Force leave or pass form issued to Cameron in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as cinema and opera house tickets for shows in England and a ticket from Iceland for an unknown event or activity. In addition, the pocket contains a Christmas card from the Vatican dated to 1942, an additional memorandum book filled with diary entries, Italian stamps, loose notes, a postal censorship slip, 1 Deutsche Mark, and a 10 Belgian franc banknote.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Africa Star.

The Africa Star that was awarded to Cameron Hill for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Also includes the accompanying medal ribbon as well as the original box that the medal was received and stored in.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Air Observer’s half-wing badges.

Three Air Observer’s half-wing badges, also known as ‘O’ badges, that were issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force

Berthing card and meal card.

A berthing card and meal card issued to Cameron Hill during the Second World War likely when he traveled on a troopship sailing from Halifax Harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England between August and September 1941.

The berthing card indicates that Cameron was assigned to cabin S22, in section 3 of the Sports deck. The meal card indicates that Cameron was assigned to eat first meal (breakfast) during the second sitting at table number 28. The name of the ship that Cameron traveled on is unknown.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Cameron Clare Hill fonds.

  • SCA195-GA424
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1939-2017]

Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill and his family during the Second World War and in the years following. Includes records related to Cameron’s military training, uniform and personal gear, and service overseas. Also contains records related to Cameron’s time held in custody as a prisoner of war as well as his liberation and repatriation home to Canada and his life in later years.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.

The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal that was awarded to Cameron Hill for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Also includes the accompanying medal ribbon and silver bar as well as the original box that the medal was received and stored in.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Caterpillar Club : application for membership.

Correspondence, a reference letter, an application form and additional material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill when he applied to the Caterpillar Club. Cameron was accepted into the Caterpillar Club in 1988.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Certificate presented to Cameron Hill by the City of Kitchener.

A certificate presented to Cameron Hill by the City of Kitchener on behalf of the citizens of Kitchener to welcome him home on the occasion of his return from service with His Majesty's Canadian Forces. The certificate is signed by the City of Kitchener Mayor Joseph Ignatino "Joe" Meinzinger (1892-1962) and the City Clerk.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Compass.

A small compass that belonged to Cameron Hill during the Second World War.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Correspondence received by Britton Hill and Grace Hill.

Thirty-five items of correspondence received by Cameron Hill's parents, Britton and Grace Hill, from acquaintances, friends, and various government offices or agencies during the Second World War, primarily while Cameron was held in custody as a prisoner of war. The items of correspondence include letters, greeting cards, telegrams, cablegrams, and airgraphs.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Correspondence received by Cameron Hill.

Seven items of correspondence received by Cameron Hill from his mother, Grace Hill, friends, and various government offices or agencies during the Second World War. The items of correspondence include letters and forms received by Cameron when he was deployed overseas in England, while he was held in custody as a prisoner of war, and after he was liberated by the Allied powers.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Correspondence written by Cameron Hill.

Fifty-six items of correspondence written by Cameron Hill primarily to his parents, Britton and Grace Hill, during the Second World War. The items of correspondence include letters, postcards, telegrams, cablegrams, and airgraphs written by Cameron when he was deployed overseas in England and in the Middle East as well as when he was held in custody as a prisoner of war.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Correspondence.

A letter received by Cameron Hill from David Gunby, a Professor at the University of Canterbury. Also includes a handwritten partial reply letter drafted by Cameron Hill that was likely never finished or sent to David Gunby.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Defence Medal.

The Defence Medal that was awarded to Cameron Hill for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Also includes the accompanying medal ribbon as well as the original box that the medal was received and stored in.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Deployment near El Alamein, Egypt.

Snapshots likely taken by Cameron Hill while he was stationed near El Alamein, Egypt with the No. 40 Squadron of the Royal Air Force in 1942. The photographs feature Cameron Hill, fellow aircrew, local civilians, landscapes, camels, and historic landmarks such as the Great Sphinx of Giza. The photographs were likely taken near El Alamein, Egypt but may also have been taken near the cities of Giza and Cairo in Egypt as well as Malta and Gibraltar.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Drawstring bag and personal items.

A drawstring bag that belonged to Cameron Hill during the Second World War containing some of his personal items including a sewing kit, hand mirror, and rifle cartridge and bullet.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Driving instruction.

A German driving instruction form possibly authorizing personnel to travel by car between the town of Gustrow and the city of Rostock in Germany to pick up their wages in Rostock.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Embarkation card.

An embarkation card issued to Cameron Hill on May 11, 1945 for travel from a holding camp in Germany to England. Also includes a supplementary document titled, Appendix B, certifying that Cameron underwent a medical examination on May 13, 1945 in Bournemouth and is fit to proceed on leave and be repatriated to Canada.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Embarkation cards.

Two embarkation cards issued to Cameron Hill for travel by ship from Douglas, the capital town of the Isle of Man to Fleetwood, a coastal town in Lancashire, England in May 1945.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Final settlement form and bank draft.

A final settlement form showing financial compensation for pay and allowances, clothing allowance, and a rehabilitation grant placed to Cameron Hill's credit at the Bank of Montreal, No. 4 Release Centre. The form is stamped with the date September 21, 1945.

Also includes a bank draft from the Bank of Montreal , No. 4 Release Centre issued to Cameron Hill. The bank draft is stamped with the date September 21, 1945.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Flight Sergeant badge.

A rank insignia badge for a Flight Sergeant that was issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force

Haversack.

A haversack that belonged to Cameron Hill during the Second World War containing a mess tin and a drawstring bag filled with his personal possessions. The haversack was possibly part of the kit issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Canadian Air Force or the replacement kit given to him by the Canadian Red Cross in 1942.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Hill, Britton: Young Men's Christian Association speeches, bulletins and related material.

Material created or accumulated by Britton Hill while he served as a board member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association during the Second World War. Includes transcriptions for two speeches and a tribute to a fallen solider as well as a copy of song lyrics for a song titled, Learn to Hope. One of the transcribed speeches was likely written and delivered by Britton Hill to members of the Young Men's Christian Association. The speech dates to November 30, 1943 and outlines how Cameron Hill was captured as a prisoner of war in 1942.

Also includes four copies of The Weekly Squeak, the official bulletin of the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association club. All four copies of The Weekly Squeak have handwritten notes written on the back of the bulletin.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Hill, Cameron : Wings Parade.

Snapshots of Cameron Hill and fellow aircrew taken during their British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) Wings Parade on June 7, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario.

Also includes a book titled, Canada's air heritage, that was likely distributed to all aircrew during the Wings Parade. The book was issued under authority of the Minister of National Defence for Air and describes the military careers and achievements of four Canadians who served with distinction in the Royal Air Force during the First World War including William Avery Bishop, William George Barker, Raymond Collishaw, and Alan Arnett McLeod.

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Hill, Cameron : military personnel file.

Copies of records from Cameron Hill's military personnel file held by Library and Archives Canada including attestation papers, reports, correspondence, claims, and additional material created or accumulated by various government offices and agencies in Canada.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Hill, Cameron.

A portrait of Cameron Hill, possibly a proof, wearing his Royal Canadian Air Force uniform notably including an Officer's cap, an Observer's Wing badge, and a service medal ribbon for the Africa Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. Also includes a folding photograph holder intended to store two photographs.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Honourable release certificate.

A certificate acknowledging that Cameron Hill served on active service with the Royal Canadian Air Force from October 14, 1940 and was honourably released and transferred to the Reserve, General Section, Class "E" on September 21, 1945.

The certificate also includes a brief physical description of Cameron, the dates he was held in custody as a prisoner of war, and a list of the two decorations and medals he received during active service. During active service, Cameron received the Canadian Volunteer Service medal and clasp as well as the Air Gunner's badge.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Identification card.

An identification card issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Air Force on May 28, 1945 while he was temporarily stationed on the Isle of Man with leave to Bournemouth, England between May 11, 1945 and May 31, 1945. The identification card includes a brief description of Cameron's height, build, eye colour, hair colour, and date of birth. In addition, a small portrait of Cameron was pasted onto the identification card.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Identification tags.

Two identification tags issued to Cameron Hill during the Second World War when he was held in custody as a prisoner of war at Stalag XVIIIC (317), a German prisoner of war camp located in Markt Pongau, Austria from September 27, 1943 to November 25, 1943.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Leading Aircraftman badges.

Three rank insignia badges for a Leading Aircraftman issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force

Liberation and repatriation.

Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill during the Second World War after he was liberated by the British Second Army, near the town of Kittlitz in Germany and eventually repatriated back to Canada. Includes a compass, embarkation and identification cards, receipts, and other related material.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Lighters.

Two metal lighters that belonged to Cameron Hill during the Second World War.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Maps of Axis prisoner of war camps.

Three maps showing the locations of Axis prisoner of war camps in Germany, Italy and adjacent countries during the Second World War. The maps were possibly accumulated by Cameron Hill's parents, Britton and Grace Hill, while Cameron was held in custody as a prisoner of war.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Medal bar brooch.

A medal bar brooch that belonged to Cameron Hill. The brooch was used to mount the five medals he was awarded for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War to his uniform likely in swing mounted style.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Mess tin.

A mess tin that belonged to Cameron Hill during the Second World War. The mess tin was found inside Cameron's haversack and was possibly part of the kit issued to him by the Royal Canadian Air Force or the replacement kit given to him by the Canadian Red Cross.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Military training.

Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill during his time enrolled in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) including photographs, a coupon, an invitation, and a book.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Money belt.

A money belt that belonged to Cameron Hill during the Second World War.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Notes for the general information and guidance of the next-of-kin or other relatives of airmen reported missing, deceased, prisoners of war, or interned.

Air Force pamphlet; no. 10 published by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The pamphlet provides general information on a variety of topics to the next-of-kin or other relatives of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel reported missing, deceased, prisoners of war or interned. Topics include personal effects under Air Force control, dependents allowance and assigned pay, moneys on deposit in banks, claims for pension, dispatching letters and parcels, and war graves.

The pamphlet was likely received by Cameron Hill's parents, Britton and Grace Hill, while Cameron was held in custody as a prisoner of war.

The text inside the pamphlet is written in English and French on inverted pages.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Overseas deployment.

Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill during the Second World War while he was deployed overseas in England and Egypt.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Particulars of dental treatment.

A form confirming that Cameron Hill required dental treatment dated May 14, 1945. The form was signed by a dental officer and the specifications of the treatment Cameron required were written in a type of shorthand.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Personal account of John Edward Beckett.

A personal account written by John (Jack) Edward Beckett, also known as Shorty, about the prisoners' parcels he and other Allied prisoners of war received from the Red Cross while held in custody during the Second World War.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Poems.

Four poems possibly acquired by Cameron Hill or his parents, Britton and Grace Hill, during the Second World War including Songs of Assurance by Clara Bernhardt, Our Heritage by Helen Middleton, Why Should We Fight for England? by Harold S. Wood, and Old Pals by an unknown author.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Postwar.

Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill and his family after the Second World War including certificates, war medals and ribbons, financial records, correspondence, and other related material.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Press clippings and related material.

Press clippings from various publications primarily regarding Cameron Hill, fellow aircrew, and prisoners of war likely collected by Cameron's parents, Britton and Grace Hill, during the Second World War. Also includes one holiday greeting card from Bob Spence and two photographs. The first photograph features Cameron and fellow aircrew at their British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) Wings Parade on June 7, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario. The second photograph features Bob Spence and Jack Wood near El Alamein, Egypt in 1942.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Prisoner of War.

Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill during the Second World War while he was held in custody as a prisoner of war (POW) and sent to POW camps in Libya, Italy, Austria, Prussia, Poland, and Germany. Includes a log, identification tags, correspondence, maps, and other related material.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Receipts.

Four receipts issued to Cameron Hill while he was temporarily stationed on the Isle of Man with leave to Bournemouth, England between May 11, 1945 and May 31, 1945.

Two of the receipts are from James Lay & Co. Limited, a clothier located in Douglas, the capital town of the Isle of Man for the purchase of a pair of pajamas and two suits. One receipt is for Cameron's tab at the Officer's Mess, R.C.A.F. Station in the town of Bournemouth dated May 29, 1945. One receipt is possibly for a hotel room or a similar accommodation also dated May 29, 1945.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Ribbon bars.

Six ribbon bars issued to Cameron Hill. The ribbon bars correspond to the five medals awarded to Cameron Hill for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War including the 1939-1945 Star, the Africa Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer War Medal, and the 1939-1945 War Medal.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Royal Air Force Observer's and Air Gunner's flying log book.

A flying log book issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The log book contains multiple entries written by Cameron recording details of flights and operations he participated in between May and September 1942.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Royal Air Forces Ex-P.O.W. Association reunion : prisoners' parcel reproduction.

A reproduction of a prisoners' parcel or box similar to those distributed to Allied prisoners of war by the British Red Cross and Order of St. John War Organisation. The reproduction parcel does not include any food, clothing, soap, cigarettes or other items that would have typically been sent inside the box to prisoners of war.

This reproduction parcel belonged to Cameron Hill and was likely given to him during the Royal Air Forces Ex-P.O.W. Association international reunion for kriegies held in London, United Kingdom from May 13-16, 1977.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Royal Air Forces Ex-P.O.W. Association reunion : programme and press clipping.

A programme outlining the events and activities of the Royal Air Forces Ex-P.O.W. Association international reunion for kriegies held in London, England from May 13-16, 1977. The programme belonged to Cameron Hill who attended the reunion.

Also includes one press clipping from an unknown publication describing a dinner held during the reunion where attendees, including more than 300 Canadians, dined with Prince Philip, consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Royal Canadian Air Force buttons.

Six buttons that were issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War likely as part of his service dress uniform.

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force

Training operations in England.

Snapshots likely taken by Cameron Hill while he was stationed in England at No. 11 Operational Training Unit RAF (11 OTU). The photographs feature Cameron Hill, fellow air crew, aircraft, landscapes, houses and historic churches such as Salisbury Cathedral and Wimborne Minster. Also includes a set of twelve souvenir photographs featuring landmarks in London, England that were possibly purchased by Cameron Hill during a leave.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Trans-Canada Air Lines passenger's coupon.

A passenger's coupon issued by Trans-Canada Air Lines for air passage between Stevenson Airport (now the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport) in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Malton Airport (now the Toronto Pearson International Airport) near Toronto, Ontario. The coupon was likely used by Cameron Hill to travel between airbases when he was enrolled in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).

Hill, Cameron Clare

Type B flying helmet.

A Type B flying helmet issued to Cameron Hill by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force

Uniform insignia and personal gear.

Uniform insignia and personal gear that was issued to or accumulated by Cameron Hill during the Second World War. Includes insignia badges, uniform buttons, a haversack as well as personal equipment such as a helmet, mess tin, compass, and other related material.

Hill, Cameron Clare

Voyage from Halifax Harbour to Liverpool.

Snapshots likely taken by Cameron Hill during his voyage from Halifax Harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England. The photographs feature Cameron Hill, fellow aircrew, ships, landmarks, landscapes, streets, and houses.

Hill, Cameron Clare

War Medal 1939-1945.

The War Medal 1939-1945 that was awarded to Cameron Hill for his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Also includes the accompanying medal ribbon as well as the original box that the medal was received and stored in.

Hill, Cameron Clare