The Second World War B.E.M. group to Flight Sergeant Joseph Camp 426 Squadron- from Saint John, New Brunswick:
British War medal (GRI) to R84654 Flt.Sgt. Joseph C. Arrowsmith, R.C.A.F.; British Defence medal, Canadian Volunteer Service medal and clasp, War medal (these last three silver and unnamed as issued. Medals court mounted, as worn. With paperwork for Joseph Camp Arrowsmith:
RCAF Overseas Headquarters award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1941. To No. 1 Equipment Depot 14 February 1941. To School of Technical Training 1 March 1941. To No. 119 (BR) Squadron 24 April 1941. to Halifax 23 June 1941, to No 6 CAG 15 January 1942, repatriated 6 October 1946, released 20 November 1946. Medal presented 20 April 1948.
Flight Sergeant Arrowsmith enlisted 1st January 1941 and proceeded overseas in October 1942. He was store keeper at No. 426 Squadron, where his excellent work as an Equipment Assistant obtained for him a Senior non-commissioned Officer position in the Royal Canadian Air Force Auxiliary Services Warehouse. He has been largely responsible for the excellent system of recording undeliverable parcels and disposing of their contents to Royal Canadian Air Force units throughout the United Kingdom and further afield. In January 1944 he became the Senior non-commissioned officer in charge of the Warehouse where his handling of the staff and maintenance of records has been noteworthy.
Arrowsmith had a long list of relatives including his great-grandfather Alexander Hepburn born in Scotland in 1775 but later arrived in Saint John New Brunswick where he married and had a family. Joseph Camp Arrowswmith was born 21 April 1908 at Saint John, New Brunswick. He married Vesta Elizabeth Brewer on 27 May, 1950 and she died in Toronto in 1993. Paperwork confirms BEM and other details of his life.