Genet, John Ernest
|John Ernest Genet|
|5 October 1891 – 24 June 1976|
|Place of birth||Brantford, Ontario|
Son of Harry and Fannie Genet of Brantford Ontario, he was exposed to military life through his father who served 18 years with the 38th Regiment (Dufferin Rifles). John worked as a bank clerk prior to enlisting in addition to serving six years with the 38th Regiment (Dufferin Rifles).
Genet enlisted with the 36th Battalion, CEF, in May 1915 and proceeded overseas. In October 1915 he became a qualified Signaller after completing a course at Shorncliffe. Subsequently he was transferred to the Canadian Engineers Training Depot in January 1916. On 16 May 1916 he joined 2 Canadian Divisional Signal Company as a supernumerary officer. He was slightly wounded in the left leg in September 1916 from an accidental gun shot wound but he quickly rejoined his unit. In January 1918 he attended a wireless course at the Army School of Signalling and, upon completion at the beginning of February he joined 1 Canadian Divisional Signal Company as the Officer in Charge of Divisional Artillery Signals and made an Acting Captain. In June 1918 he was hospitalized for a week with a perineum abscess but otherwise he seems to have remained healthy throughout the war. In February 1919 he was made a Temporary Captain in the Canadian Engineers prior to returning to Canada in April of that year. Upon his return to Canada he was made a Captain in the Canadian Signalling Corps.
In October 1935 Major Genet assumed the duties of "Traffic Superintendent" and the Officer Commanding the Northwest Detachment, RC Signals (precursor to the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System), a duty he held until July 1938.
1940 - 1941 Chief Signal Officer VII Corps
1941 - 1942 Chief Signal Officer I Canadian Corps, England
1942 - 1945 Chief Signal Officer 1st Canadian Army, England
Mentioned in Despatches in June 1945.
Military Cross Citation
Commander of the Order of the British Empire Citation
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- The London Gazette, Supplement 37138. 19 June 1945. Page 3228.
- The London Gazette, Supplement 29824. 14 November, 1916. Page 11078.
- The London Gazette, Supplement 36034. 28 May 1943. Page 2478.