One of the first contingent of CWACs to land in France after D-Day, and the only member of the women's services from this district to win a decoration in the second World War, Sergeant Lois Ann Green, daughter of Mrs. Joseph Green, Division Street, arrived home Friday night, after spending three years overseas. Sgt. Green was awarded a Mention in Dispatches for distinguished services in the campaign in North West Europe.
Sgt. Green comes of a real military family. Her late father served in the South African War and the First World War and six brothers served in the second World War.
Enlisting in Toronto in 1940, Sgt. Green was one of the first CWACs to proceed overseas. For a time she served in Canadian Military Headquarters in London. Just before D-Day she volunteered for service in a theatre of operations and was posted to the Canadian Section of Headquarters, 21st Army Group. She was one of the first contingents of CWACs to reach the Continent on August 11, 1944 and served throughout the campaign in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Frequently under enemy bomb and shell fire, Sgt. Green and her fellow CWACs lived in a great variety of quarters during their stay in Europe, During the first few months they worked, ate and slept in tents in various parts of France. At one time they were quartered on a palatial pig farm, which had been vacated a few days previously by the Nazis. Their next stop was at a chateau which had been used as a field dressing station by the Germans. From there to a monastery, formerly occupied by the Todt, German labor organization. At their final stop in Germany after VE Day the girls were quartered in a lovely town which was untouched by Allied or German bombs. The girls lived in a sumptuous hotel, completely furnished. "This was far different to the quarters we had back in muddy France" commented Sgt. Green.