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CORBET, Alexander Andrew Gordon Group Captain, EAC Headquarters, C4024 Mention in Despatches RCAF Personnel Awards 1939-1949
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CORBET, G/C Alexander Andrew Gordon (C4024) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 6 February 1906 (Dix-Noonan-Webb catalogue website) or 9 February 1906 (birth date published when he died). Home in Halifax. Educated at St. John High School and at McGill University where he graduated with a BA in 1927, and later an MD. and CM. Specialising in Paediatrics, he practiced in St. John, the Children\'s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, and at the Sick Children\'s Hospital, Toronto Joined the Canadian Militia as a Private in 1923, becoming a Staff Sergeant in 1933. He was granted a commission as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Canadian Militia on 22 April 1933. He served in No. 14 Field Ambulance whose H.Q. was in St. John. He was promoted to Captain in April 1935 and to Major in 1940. Enlisted in the RCAF Medical Service on its formation (16 November 1940) and immediately granted rank of Squadron Leader. Promoted Wing Commander, 5 July 1941. On strength of Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 17 December 1941. Promoted Group Captain, 1 June 1944. To Lachine, 4 May 1945. To United Kingdom, 6 May 1945. Returned to Canada, 17 in December 1945 and appointed Director-General Medical Services (Air) in 1946. Attained rank of Air Commodore, 1 January 1952. He retired from the service, 7 August 1961 Also awarded Efficiency Decoration; in 1950 admitted to the Order of St.John of Jerusalem. Awarded Queen\'s Coronation Medal, 30 October 1953 (Air Commodore, AFHQ). Retired in 1961; died in Ottawa 4 December 1965. Group Captain Corbet has held the position of Principal Medical Officer at Eastern Air Command for nearly four years. An officer of high merit and skill he has, during this period, demonstrated his aptitude for handling medical problems peculiar to operational commands and at all times has been an inspiration to his associates in the medical profession. CORBET, G/C Alexander Andrew Gordon, ED (19972) - Medal of Merit, 1st Class (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Medical branch. Note: Medals offered at Dix-Noonan-Webb auction of 26 March 2009, estimated value 300-400 pounds. Catalogue stated, \"During the war, he assisted in the trials of flying clothing and equipment by operational flying in the Atlantic on anti-submarine patrols from Newfoundland, Labrador and Iceland.\" Additionally he was appointed an Officer (Brother) of the Order of St. John (London Gazette , 5 January 1951) and later promoted to Commander (London Gazette, 7 January 1955). As Director-General of the Medical Services, RCAF, he was appointed Honorary Physician to the Queen on 1 June 1953, and again on 1 June 1956. Corbet was a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, 1932; a Member of the Canadian Medical Association; a Member of the Aeronautical Medical Association; a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautical Institute, 1955; a Fellow in Aviation Medicine, 1948; Member of the Military Surgeons of the U.S.A.; President of the St. John Branch, Red Cross.