Corporal Donald Scott Ticknor
Donald Scott Ticknor was born and raised in Darlingford, Manitoba and worked as a farmer. He originally served with "A" Squadron of the Manitoba Mounted Rifles Defence Force from June of 1941 to December 1942. Wanting to see action, he transferred to the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and completed his Parachute Course at the school in Ringway, England on September 11, 1943. Ticknor served in B Company, 5 Platoon and first saw action when he parachuted into Normandy on June 6, 1944 during Operation Overlord.
He also parachuted into Germany on March 24, 1945 during Operation Varsity and served in Holland and Belgium. He was promoted to A/Cpl in December 21, 1944 and on March 21, 1945 was officially promoted to the rank of Corporal.
Ticknor was discharged from the service on May 14, 1946. Considering he participated on all Canadian Airborne Operations during the war, he was one of the lucky few to return home without a scratch. This is the tunic that he wore in theatre overseas and later altered it to become his best dress tunic for coming home at the end of the war.