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Sam Martin Chronology

Significant Dates in Sam Martin's Story


17 December 1922        Sam Martin's date of birth

18 June 1940                   Parliament passed the conscription law

19-21 August 1940         National Registration for all men and women over sixteen

28 December 1942        Sam's first call to report for military training

20 February 1943           Sam appeared before the Mobilization Board in  Edmonton which then refused his application for conscientious objector status. However, officials gave him a long postponement until 31 March 1944 .

1 March 1944                 Sam's father and his employer applied for an extension of the postponement. This was refused.

23 March 1944               Sam was called to report for military training by April 5.

27 March 1944               Sam wrote back explaining that he would not go.

30 March 1944               Sam's call was returned, with a warning that he would be arrested if he refused.

4 April 1944                    Sam wrote back again, explaining that he would not go.

19 April 1944                  Sam was taken before the magistrate in Brooks , Alberta who gave him his first sentence: thirty days in the provincial jail in Lethbridge .

13 May 1944                  Sam, who refused to put on the uniform, was charged with disobeying a lawful command and given a second sentence: twenty-eight days in the military prison known as Currie Barracks.

23 June 1944                  Sam, who again refused to put on the uniform, was charged once more with disobeying a lawful command and given his third sentence: another twenty-eight days at Currie Barracks.

21 July 1944                   Sam again refused to put on the uniform. This led, on July

29, to court martial proceedings and to his fourth sentence: ninety days at Currie Barracks.

1 September 1944           Following an examination by an army doctor, Sam was transferred back to the Lethbridge provincial jail to complete his ninety-day sentence.

October 1944                 Sam was taken back to Mewata Barracks, where he again refused to put on the uniform. This led to his fifth sentence: eighteen months at the Lethbridge provincial jail.

8 May 1945                    Canada ceased to be at war in Europe . In the Pacific region the Canadian war effort ceased on 1 September 1945 .

23 October 1945            The remainder of Sam's prison sentence was “remitted.” Soon thereafter he was taken back to the army's Mewata Barracks.

8 November 1945           Army officials gave Sam an “industrial leave.” He then went back to work in his brother's garage in Duchess, Alberta .

12 April 1946                  Sam was formally discharged from the army.

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