Corporal Eric George Cann, 62nd Tunnelling Company South African Engineers

Before signing up for for the Engineers, it appears Cann served with the 33rd Anti-Tank regiment, as a L/Cpl for three years. Cann arrived in Suez on the 19th of Feb 1944. He was confirmed at the rank of Temporary Corporal, and dispatched to Italy, undertaking service with the 62th Tunneling Company, South African Engineers

 

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Eric George Cann was born on 20th October 1913, and was a shaft Timberer with Rand Leases Gold Mining Company prior to the war.

Before signing up for for the Engineers, it appears Cann served with the 33rd Anti-Tank regiment, as a L/Cpl for three years. Cann arrived in Suez on the 19th of Feb 1944. He was confirmed at the rank of Temporary Corporal, and dispatched to Italy, undertaking service with the 62th Tunneling Company, South African Engineers

18th of December 1944 he suffered from a battlefield accident whilst posted with the 62nd Tunneling Company and spent 5 days in hospital.

The 62nd Tunneling company worked hard to repair the extensive damage to infrastructure sabotaged or destroy by the retreating Germans, most notably the Tagliamento Rail Bridge and the Mount Cenis Tunnel.

November 1945, he was moved back to an engineering depot, before eventually being sent home, being discharge on March 26th, 1946.

This group is incomplete, and missing its Africa Star & Service Medal

This group is accompanied by scanned copies of his service cards & records