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    Default Bdr. Wilson E. Bailey, 14 RCA 3rd Div. Normandy

    Back in perhaps 1998 I purchased the Canadian BD uniform set you see below (with pants). All of the insignia on it are original. I knew it was for a Corporal/Bombardier of the 14th Royal Canadian Field Artillery, 3rd Canadian Infantry Div. The 14th RCA hit Juno Beach on D-Day in support of the 3rd Inf. Div. They operated the M7B1 "Priest" self-propelled 105mm. (See pics of 14 RCA below). The 14 RCA took alot of casualties and was in the thick of it, many times getting ahead of its infantry support.

    The only identifier in the P.37 BD was the service number "D7689" in permanent ink on the inside pocket. I had previously discovered through research that "D7689" was indeed assigned to the 14 RCA, but had not been able to identify the man who wore it, until now. The uniform belonged to Bdr. Wilson Edgar Bailey, decorated combat veteran of the 14 RCA from Quebec. He survived the war and passed away in 1997. Bdr. Bailey enlisted with his younger brother, Merton E. Bailey, and they served together in the 14 RCA. I actually found a book with a chapter devoted to both of them, where they discussed their experiences.
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    Very Nice. Thanks for Posting.

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    Bdr. Wilson E. Bailey's service records. The citations and awards in the records match the awards and decorations on the BD.

    Bdr. Bailey finished tank driver training on July 19, 1943 and training on artillery/ AFV / tank waterproofing on Nov. 10, 1943. You can see that the entry on June 1, 1944 shows that he "EMBARKED UK" and that on June 6, 1944 he "DISEMBARKED FRANCE".

    Bdr. Wilson E. Bailey is no longer with us, but we all benefit today from his service, bravery, and sacrifices. I believe these men should be remembered through these relics we collect. Lest we forget.........

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    Great set and intresting research!



    thanks for posting,
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    D-Day bump

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    First time seeing this post - what a great set and fascinating story. Right on about preserving the past through artifacts! Also like your uniform display, very nicely done.

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    More info on Wilson Bailey from his nephew:
    https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?t...22962&public=1
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    First time for me to on this one. Excellent research.

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    Nice thread. Looks like all but one of the troops wearing the MkIII "Turtle" helmet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    Nice thread. Looks like all but one of the troops wearing the MkIII "Turtle" helmet!
    Thanks Stan. It seems the Canadian 3rd Div. was equipped almost exclusively with the Mk.III, as well as a number of British front line units.
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