Devon Legion Past Executives
Mar 09, 2018

Devon's Discovered Archived Photo's
Nov 21, 2016

Devon Legion Building Upgrades - Summer 2016
Aug 22, 2016

AB-NWT Legion Military Service Recognition Books
May 12, 2016

Cliff Lanphear's Overseas Pictures
Apr 28, 2016


AB-NWT Legion Military Service Recognition Books
2016-05-12
In 2009 The Royal Canadian Legion Alberta - Northwest Territories Command headquartered in Calgary, Alberta began collecting stories of veterans for publication in their Military Service Recognition Books. I arranged to have submissions completed for four of the five Devon veterans that I was most familiar with at the time, namely Bob Bailey, Clare Evans, Cora McLeod and Alex Frame. The family of Bill Clemens had also completed a submission on behalf of Bill. The original submissions completed are detailed below which may differ slightly from what was published by the Legion Command editor in the referenced volumes of the Military Service Recognition Books.

Robert (Bob) Aubrey Berriman Bailey
Sergeant/Provo Marshall - Canadian Army
Military Service Recognition Book - Volume 2 Page 25


Biography
Bob Bailey was born on November 1, 1919 at Graminia, Alberta. Bob volunteered 25 August 1940 and joined the Edmonton Fusiliers. After basic training he was sent to New Westminister for training in small arms. He became a weapons instructor in small arms in Nanaimo where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. In 1942 Bob was sent to England where he instructed the Infantry Reinforcement Troop in small arms. In 1944 he transferred to the military police 2nd Division, Provo Infantry Division. In July Bob was sent to Normandy. While in the Provo he escorted German prisoners from the front lines to POW camps, some as far away as Canada. His Provo troop was also responsible for road reconnaissance and clearing. Within the Provo, Bob carried the permanent rank of Corporal although occasionally acted in a higher rank. After peace was declared on 8 May 1945, Bob continued to work with the Provo including escorting prisoners, searching for deserters, gathering intelligence, and returning property. Bob Bailey was made a Life Member of The Royal Canadian Legion Devon Branch No. 247 in 1999.

Submission completed in 2010 by Brian Morris with input from many sources.


ROBERT (BOB) BAILEY

Alexander Clarence James Evans
Pilot - Royal Canadian Air Force

Military Service Recognition Book - Volume 2 Page 105

Biography
Clare Evans was born on August 17, 1923 at North Sydney, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on March 4th 1942 at the age of 18. Clare made his first flight as a student pilot on September 29, 1942 and was then trained as a pilot instructor. As a pilot instructor Clare was posted to Claresholm, Alberta. Clare remained a pilot instructor in Canada till March 1945 when he went overseas to England. When Clare arrived in England during the Second World War, the war in Europe was coming to an end. Clare had no flying time in Europe so he returned to Canada to begin training for duty in the Far East however the war ended in August 1945 and Clare left the Air Force on September 10, 1945. Clare returned to the Royal Canadian Air force in 1950 and remained with the Air force until May 1969 when he retired.  Clare Evans was the President of the Devon Legion Branch No. 247 in 1997,1998, 2002 and 2006. Clare was made a Life Member of The Royal Canadian Legion Devon Branch No. 247 in 2005 and was Legionnaire of the Year in 2006. In 2011 Clare was only the second Devon Legion member to receive the Meritorious Service Medal.

Submission completed in 2010 by Brian Morris with input from many sources


CLARE EVANS

Cora McLeod
Leading Air Women (LAW) - Royal Canadian Air Force

Military Service Recognition Book - Volume 2 Page 223

Biography
Cora was born in September 1922, the daughter of Wilfred and Pearl Owre. Cora spent her childhood in Hughedon, Alberta. Cora joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division in 1942 on a trip to Calgary. At the age of 20 Cora left for basic training in January 1943. After basic training Cora became a qualified photographer posted in Rockcliffe, Ontario. Cora had taken amateur photography so the RCAF decided that this made Cora an excellent candidate for the RCAF School of Photography. Cora had many different tasks included in her job description. This included photographing the new air force recruits. One of Cora’s other tasks was to make slides for aircraft identification and to prepare a mosaic of Canada in the event Canada was attacked. Cora spent much of her time while working locked in a large vault piled high with wartime photos all of which were confidential. Although Cora had spent much of her time in photography labs, she was not sheltered from the horrors of war. Her job description also included making slides of the funerals of Canadians who were killed overseas. At the time of Cora’s discharge after the war Cora held the rank of “Leading Air Women”. Cora McLeod was Legionnaire of the Year in 2003 and was made a Life Member of The Royal Canadian Legion Devon Branch No. 247 in 2008.

Submission completed in 2010 by Brian Morris with input from many sources.


CORA McLEOD

Bill Clemens
Leading Air Craftman (LAC) - Royal Canadian Air Force

Military Service Recognition Book - Volume 3 Page 73

Biography

Bill was born in Riceville, Ontario in 1924. He enlisted in the RCAF in November 1941 in Ottawa and trained at Galt, Ontario under the War Emergency Training Plan, as well as at the Manning Depot, Toronto and the Technical Training School in St. Thomas, Ontario. He served as an Airframe Mechanic at No. 15 SFTS Claresholm, Alberta and spent four-and-half years in the U.K. with No. 435 Squadron, Blakehill Farm, Wiltshire; No. 1666 H.C.U. at Wombleton, Yorkshire; No. 427 and 429 Squadrons at Leeming, Yorkshire; and No. 1664 H.C.U. in Yorkshire. He also served with No. 436 and 437 Squadrons at Down Ampney, Wiltshire, mainly with the RAF Regiment and Bomber Command. He was discharged at Lachine, Quebec on September 6, 1946. Bill has been a member of the Devon Legion Branch No. 247 for over sixty years and was the Devon Legion's first Legionnaire of the Year in 1996. He was Branch President for three years from 1984 to 1986 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2009, the first Devon Legion member to be given that honour.

Submission completed in 2011 by the Clemens Family.


BILL CLEMENS

Alex Frame
Pilot Officer - Royal Canadian Air Force

Military Service Recognition Book - Volume 3 Page 123

Biography

Alex Frame was born on January 22nd, 1918 in Champion, Alberta. He first joined the army but felt that was not to his liking so after 6 months he transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force where he became a Pilot Officer. Alex trained in bombing, communication and navigation and graduated as an air observer. Alex was further trained with radar for blind bombing operations. Alex served with 226 RAF Squadron, Second Tactical Air Force and with the Holland Air force. He was located in both Holland and Germany during the Second World War. He was one of only five Canadians stationed at Geilenkirchen, Holland in 1945. During the Second World War, Alex performed 50 combat operations over German territory bombing airports and other strategic locations in Europe. His primary role was to calculate when the bombs were to be dropped from a formation of bombers. Alex always flew in the lead plane of any bomber formation. Alex Frame was the President of the Devon Legion Branch No. 247 in 1969,1970 and 1974. Alex was made a Life Member of The Royal Canadian Legion Devon Branch No. 247 in 2007. Alex is the longest serving member of the Devon Legion.

Submission completed in 2011 by Brian Morris with input from many sources.


ALEX FRAME