Veteran Stories:
Irvin Albertson

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  • Left to right: 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; Victory Medal; Coronation Medal; Canadian Forces Decoration.

    Irvin Albertson
  • Commemorative medals thanking veterans for the D-Day Landings (left) and the Liberation of Holland (right).

    Irvin Albertson
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"I went up to Belgium and I served in the Battle of the Scheldt Estuary, and the liberation of Holland, and I ended up the end of the war just outside Emden in Germany, where the peace terms were announced"

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My name is Irvin Albertson, and I enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in June 1940. I actually put in an application to join. I served in Kingston, Petawawa and Debert, and I went overseas in 1941. I served in England, and I trained there with the 14th Field Regiment RCA, 34th Battery, in 3rd Canadian Division.

We were sent to France on June the 6th, 1944. I have a copy of the routine order that posted me there. I served in Europe through D-Day and the Normandy campaign. The race across France to the channel ports. I went up to Belgium and I served in the Battle of the Scheldt Estuary, and the liberation of Holland, and I ended up the end of the war just outside Emden in Germany, where the peace terms were announced.

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