As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, my paternal grandfather, Alfred Burrows, fought in the Australian Armed Forces during World War I. Shortly after World War II began, Canada began creating units across the country of mostly WW I veterans who assumed responsibility initially for guarding prisoner of war (POW) camps but a little later also guarded important potential military targets such as dams, power plants and government facilities. These units were collectively know as the Veteran Guards of Canada (VGC).
I know my grandfather volunteered for the VGC - I have his service pin, but I know little of what his duties were. Family lore has him guarding POW camps in Canada. An accomplished horseman, I have heard he also taught Canadian troops how to ride, though I have exchanged e-mails some time ago with a VGC expert who had never heard of VGC members performing anything other than guard duties.
So, I have some research to do. Last week on a visit to Library and Archives Canada, I submitted a request for his WW II records. I will have to wait five to six months for the package, but I hope it provides greater detail on his role in the war.