Commander J. L. Walmsley, MBE
Wing Commander John Locke Walmsley attended St. Andrew's College from 1921 to 1924.
He enlisted in Toronto with the Royal Canadian Air Force on July 1, 1940 at which time his home was indicated as being Moncton, New Brunswick, and he later served on the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, DC, for which he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Legion of Merit (US).
Lieutenant-Colonel Jay P. Thomas, United States Army Air Force, Air Attaché at American Embassy, wrote to Air Force Headquarters, 13 March 1946 with citation for his US Legion of Merit which was presented on April 22, 1946 by Major-General E. M. Powers.
"This officer during the past three years has performed outstanding work in the interest of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the war effort. His personality and tact have contributed in no small measure to good feeling with the American services evinced by their co-operative attitude in matters with which this officer has had to deal. He commands the respect of all who have had contact with him and his services have been a decided asset to the service."
"Wing Commander John L. Walmsley performed outstanding service as Assistant Equipment Officer on the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington from May 1942 to September 1945 by procuring aircraft, engines and spare parts for the Royal Canadian Air Force. He determined requirements and developed his organization to facilitate operations. His efficiency and tact insured success for his mission and strengthened the bonds of friendship between Canada and the United States."