Elward was born in Scarborough, Ontario on February 21, 1925 and had passed his primary exams of a Chartered Accountant’s course prior to his enlistment in the RCAF at Toronto on January 5, 1944.
Elward started his training at #1 Manning Depot in Toronto; then #3 B & G School at MacDonald; #2 I.T.S. at Reging and then #10 B & G at Mt. Pleasant, on P.E.I. He was awarded his Air Gunners Wing February 16,
Elward adds that the last five courses at I.T.S. - when he was there - ceased training and his class (3rd last) could opt for training as air gunners or be discharged, with the possibility of receiving an Army call-up. He chose the air gunnery route and his class was the last to graduate - possibly the last course of Air Gunners to graduate in World War II. All were released into the reserve, subject tp recall. Elward says that he was back in the work force when the war in Europe ended.
Post War Career
One of Elward’s hobbies is making videos of people telling their life stories - especially war vetrans. “This is a hobby only”, he says “but it gets the story on tape for the family who often have not heard the full
story”. He has already “taped” the stories of over 20 Aircrew Association members and hopes to do more.
He completed the Chartered Accountant’s course and practiced public accountancy for more than 43 years and he has been awarded the F.C.A. designation.
Elwards wife is Jean and they had three children.