Corporal* Patricia Mary Jones Carter was living with her family in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the start of World War II. In August of 1941 the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Corps (CWAC) was founded (it was later integrated into the Canadian Army as the Canadian Women’s Army Corps). Carter was quick to enlist. Her service in the CWAC began on October 17, 1941, working as a clerk at District Depot, Military District No. 6, and then transferring the following January to District Headquarters, both located in Halifax, N.S. Further service details are unknown, other than a posting at Regina during 1943.
Central to the collection is a memoir that was written by Carter recounting the first six months of her service in the CWAC, beginning in September of 1941. Her father, World War I veteran Gunner Albert Edward Carter, is mentioned often in her writing, and is the subject of two of the photographs. A link to his service record has been included below.
Cpl. Patricia Mary Jones Carter’s service record (Serv/Reg# unknown) is not publicly available at this time.
Gnr. Albert Edward Carter’s service record (Serv/Reg# 43972) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.
[* The rank of Corporal has been used here as this was Carter’s rank at the end of her memoir in April of 1942. Her final rank on leaving military service is unknown..]