Fred was a Private for the Queen's Own Cameron regiment in WWII. The regiment's own website describes their part in the war thusly:
In April 1940 the Cameron turned in their kilts, and the new battledress trousers and jackets were issued. They would not fight in the traditional highland garb as had their fathers twenty-five years earlier. On 24 May, the Battalion moved to Camp Shilo, Manitoba. At Shilo, unit training from section to battalion level took place as well as brigade exercises. The 2nd Battalion was formed as a component of the reserve army. By late August it was almost at full strength. Its role throughout the war was that of home defense and reinforcement training.
The 1st Battalion embarked for overseas on 16 December 1940, arriving in the UK on Christmas Eve. At Cove, Hampshire the Battalion was assigned a defensive task adjacent to the Aldershot area.
My great-grandfather did not talk much about the war, but he did hold on to material memories of his time there. His stripes, war photo, pay-books (he made a whopping $50/mo.), and various related IDs remain to this day.