Remembrance Day Spotlight: Kenneth Milsom

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Kenneth during his post in Egypt

In honour of Remembrance Day and of all the men and women who gave their lives and fought for our country and our freedom, ESS would like to share the story of ESS client, veteran and career soldier of 30 years, Kenneth Milsom.

His early and teen years were spent living on a farm. Through his teens, he picked up whatever odd jobs were available to him at the time. When his family eventually moved to Toronto, Kenneth once again searched for available work and came upon the army. In February of 1940, at 20 years old, Kenneth decided to enlist thus beginning his 30 year military career.

Shortly after enlisting, Kenneth was sent to England in May of 1940 and was posted to the Canadian Military Headquarters in London for a period of 3 years. Here he fulfilled various administrative roles – completing any tasks that were assigned to him. Eventually the Brigadier took notice of his work and requested he be assigned to support him personally, marking the start of his journey as a full-time army clerk.

While stationed in London, Kenneth survived the prolonged aerial attacks against Britain known as “The Blitz”. This was a frightening time period in his military career. Another time where he found himself in the midst of danger was when he was temporarily posted to a field unit. As fate should have it, his unit was missed by a coordinated aerial attack by enemy forces who fortunately had the wrong coordinates.

Kenneth during his post in Japan

Kenneth moved frequently with his job, being posted wherever he was needed including France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Egypt. He recalls spending one Christmas Eve in Antwerp where the only food available to them was cold beans, bread and cake that their cook had managed to find. While living in Japan and Korea, being the adventurous spirit that he is, it was not unusual for Kenneth to jump on a bus, train or boat without a known destination as a means to explore.

His fondest memories of his career are those from when he was posted in Germany for 3 years from 1959 to 1962. He was able to move his family to Germany for this assignment and travel to many countries throughout Europe during his leisure time. Some of these travels included visiting Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. He also enjoyed his job involving coordinating the movement of troops and their dependents between Canada and Germany. Today, Kenneth owns many ornate German beer steins which are on display in his home.

After his posting in Germany, he and his family were moved to Edmonton where he completed his military career at the age of 50. After which they moved back to Toronto and he started a new career with Canada Post until he retired at 65.

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