Veteran Stories:
Clifford A. Boyles

Army

  • Clifford Boyles and fellow soldiers during basic training in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 1940.

    Clifford A. Boyles
  • Telegram from Mr. Boyles to his mother letting her know that he had landed safely in England.

    Clifford A. Boyles
  • Mr. Boyles received this prayer book from his captain at Ortona, Italy.

    Clifford A. Boyles
  • Mr. Boyles' Statement of Qualifications for post-war employment. While in the service he became qualified as a fitter and a driver.

    Clifford A. Boyles
  • Commemorative medals from the Netherlands and the City of Appeldorn given to veterans to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland.

    Clifford A. Boyles
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"I was my own boss with the support company. I did the work on their vehicles, and I did my job and I never had any complaints"

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My name is Clifford K. Boyles. I joined up in Nova Scotia in 1940. I took an automotive trade in Kingston and in London, and I went overseas in 1941 to London, to 2 Field Workshop. From 2 Field Workshop we made it into the brigade workshops, and then from there I went to Sicily as an armoured fighting vehicle mechanic – tanks, track vehicles and armoured cars. I stayed with the workshop up until 1943. Christmas of '43 I went up to the West Nova Scotia Regiment in (?), and I stayed with them through the war, fixing their carriers with the support company, and following them up to the front lines. From there we went over to France, and up through France into Holland. Didn't have too much of a pleasant life. We were stuck up in the front lines there from January '43 to '45 when we got out. I was my own boss with the support company. I did the work on their vehicles, and I did my job and I never had any complaints. We were all in there together.
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