British War Medal, Lieut J.D. “Duff” Guild, D.F.C., R.A.F.
Named: “Lieut J.D. Guild R.A.F.”
A Canadian Seaplane Pilot in the R.N.A.S. earning the D.F.C., later a skilled Football Player post war in College described as “Cool under fire” “Exceptional” and “One of the best full backs to have ever played in collegiate circles”, he would later be Western Canada’s most well known Agriculturist, his accolades are never ending.
Born on 10th February 1892, at Kenmay, Manitoba, James Duff Guild joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 14th March 1917 as a temporary Probationary Flight Officer.
ON 26th May 1917 he was at Vendome, then Cramwell on 21st July 1917, followed by the Seaplane School at Lee On Solent from 27th August 1917 , his C.O. had this to say about his training; “Gruaduated, V.G. Pilot, recommended for Seaplanes, a good and capable officer”
His C.O. on 23rd November 1917 having seen more extensive 10 Hours of Seaplane Flying at Calshot states; “Very promising pilot, capable officer, recommended for training on H12’s”
His next posting at Dundee from 29th November 1917 until 1st Jaunary 1918 having done 2.33 hours on Seaplanes simply remarks “Promising Pilot”.
Later served with the Seaplane Flights at Felixstowe from 5th April 1918.
Distinguished Flying Cross awarded in the London Gazette New Years Honours on 1st January 1919, “In recognition of distinguished service.”
Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 17th January 1942;
“GUILD GOING TO CALGARY R.C.A.F. POST
Flight Lieutenant J.D. Guild, of Winnipeg, second in command of the R.C.A.F. recruiting centre for the past six months has been appointed commanding officer of the Calgary R.C.A.F. Recruiting Centre, Air Force authorities announced, Saturday.
Flight Lieutenant J.E. Christie, of Glenburn, Man., Commanding Officer of the Calgary R.C.A.F. recruiting centre will take Flight Lieutenant Guild’s post as Second in Command of the Winnipeg Recruiting Centre.
A Veteran flier, Flight Lt Guild served overseas in the Royal Naval Air Service during the last war, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross. AFter the war he graduated from the University of Manitoba as a Bachelor of Scientific Agriculture, and carried out agricultural development work for the Canadian National Railways for 12 years throughout the west, being western agricultural agent in the C.N.R. colonisation and agriculture department from 1936 until he joined the R.C.A.F. in July 1940.
He will leave for Calgary. Sunday.
Flight Lieutenant Christie is also a veteran ace of the last war. When he served in the Royal Flying Corps and R.A.F. in Egypt.”
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press 24th July 1978;
JAMES DUFF GUILD D.F.C.
On Saturday morning, July 22nd at the Deer Lodge Veterans Hospital, J. Duff Guild, aged 86 years, of Montrose Street, Husband of Anne.
Duff was born at Kenmay, Manitoba, Son of Mr and Mrs William Guild. He was educated at Kenmay and Brandon and graduated in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1924.
During World War 1 he enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service, at which time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served with the R.C.A.F. In the Second World War.
He was Superintendent of Agricultural Development with the C.N.R. in Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Retiring in 1957