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The following photos were sent to me by Edward’s son Bruce. They first appeared in Issue 17 of The Button Files.
The photo of Edward was from a newspaper cutting. It was accompanied by the following text:
Sergeant Major Edward Warburton, Army, 16th Canadian Scottish Regiment, Victoria, BC. Reserve duty 1927-39, active duty 1939-45. European Theatre: Italy, France & Germany.
He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France Star, Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & clasp & Canadian Efficiency Medal (Long Service).
Many like our father didn’t talk about their war years. We don’t know as much as we would like about his service in Britain and Europe or as much as we should know to tell his grandchildren. There is one story in particular that was told many times over the years and happened just before the war. The Royal Navy was in Victoria and a variety of sporting events were arranged with the visiting sailors. Our farther was nominated for the boxing as he had done a little bit of this sport in his earlier years. talk about taking one for the team; his opponent was Chief Petty Officer Cox, the Royal Navy Champion in his weight class. The results were predictable needless to say. Cox won, our father was a bit battered and the trophy was on our mantle piece for years. The inscription which reads: “Sergeant Major Edward Warburton – Best Loser”. Loser was for the event, not the participant but it speaks of the character of our father; a great dad, a good husband and provider for his family and who served his county honourably.