A fine Great War and Second World War Canada, Canadian Efficiency Decoration and Canadian Forces Decoration group awarded to Major R.B. Strange, Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps, late Canadian Field Artillery and Corps of Guides and Calgary Regiment Active Militia, who served as a paymaster in Canada during 1939 to 1945, having been a Pay Sergeant on a troop transport vessel during the previous war.
British War Medal named to 2045075 SJT. R.B. STRANGE. C.F.A. Canadian Voluntary Service Medal 39-45; War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian issue in silver; Efficiency Decoration, GVI 1st type cypher, reverse officially impressed named MAJOR R.B. STRANGE, with Canada top bar; Canadian Forces Decoration, GVI bust named to MAJ. R.B. STRANGE
Robert Beggs Strange was born on 27th March 1894 in Brookfield, Doagh, County Antrim, Ireland. Having emigrated to Canada, he found work as a postal clerk in Calgary, and joined the Canadian Militia with the Corps of Guides. With the ongoing Great War, attested for service into the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at Calgary, Alberta on 19th February 1917, joining as a Sergeant (No.2045075) the Canadian Field Artillery, and having been posted to No.4 Section, Divisional Ammunition Column, then saw service in Canada and England, working as a Pay Sergeant on Troop Transport vessels. Latterly returned to Canada, and having transferred on 20th June 1918 to the Overseas Conducting Staff at Quebec, was then employed as a Pay Sergeant aboard the SS Thongwa on ‘conducting duty only’, and latterly with the Clearing Services Command, before being discharged ‘medically unfit’ at Quebec on 21st December 1918. Strange then re-enlisted into the Canadian Militia on 3rd August 1922, and then saw service with the Active Militia in the Calgary Regiment as part of the Depot Battalion. Strange also became an international accountant, and had his own public practice.
Commissioned as a Lieutenant on 1st September 1927, with the outbreak of the Second World War, he was mobilised as a Lieutenant and Paymaster with the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps at Calgary on 3rd October 1939, and promoted to Captain and Paymaster on 20th October 1939. Posted to Edmonton in February 1940, he was then posted to command a pay section at Red Deer in Alberta on 25th November 1940, but was in and out of hospital into mid 1941. On 1st October 1941 he was appointed District Audit Officer and attached to No.13 Detachment, and was then promoted to Major on 31st March 1942. Strange was awarded the Canadian Efficiency Decoration on 10th March 1944, and seemed to vary his service between Edmonton, Jasper, Grande Prairie, Wetaskiwin and Calgary. Latterly based in Ontario, he was eventually transferred to the Supplementary Reserve on 30th September 1947, and awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration, and went on to gain entitlement to two additional award bars to the Efficiency Decoration, before being discharged on 27th March 1957. Strange died on 16th August 1968. .