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Copley, Donald

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 1928-

Donald Copley was born in Toronto, Ontario 4 December 1928. He enlisted with the Canadian Army Special Force at #6 Personnel Depot, Toronto 18 August 1950. He received basic training at Currie Barracks, Calgary as a member of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and was assigned to 10 Platoon, D Company. At Wainwright, Alberta he received training as a stretcher bearer and then travelled to Fort Lewis, Washington for advance training. He arrived in Korea with the Second Battalion in December 1950 and underwent further training at Miryang. He later transferred to 9 Platoon, C Company until the Battalion was rotated home, at which time he was attached to A Company for a few days. Donald returned to Canada in November 1951 and was discharged in Toronto 17 February 1952. In the fall of 1952 Copley entered Acadia University and graduated in 1956 with a B.Sc. in Biology in 1956. During that time he also joined the Canadian Officer Training Corps and received training as an Officer Cadet at Acadia and Camp Borden. He then entered medical school at McGill University, graduating with a M.D., C.M. in 1960. While at McGill he joined the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Subsidization Plan and following a year of rotating internship at Montreal General Hospital joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Medical Officer with the rank of Flight/Lieutenant and married Edna Mae Bannerman in May 1961. While serving in the RCAF, Lieutenant Copley completed flight surgeon training at the RCAF School of Aviation Medicine in Toronto and was a medical officer at Station Foymount and then MO at the Institute of Aviation Medicine and #6 Personnel Depot. Copley resigned from the Air Force in April 1965 and took employment with the Public Service of Canada as a medical examiner and then medical advisor with the Canadian Pension Commission. He then obtained employment with the Civil Aviation Division of Health and Welfare Canada acting as Regional Aviation Medical Officer for the Prairies and then British Columbia. During this time, Doctor Copley completed the Diploma Course in Aviation Medicine at the Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine in Farmborough, England and qualified as a Private Pilot at Rockcliffe Flying Club in Ottawa. He also served as Medical Officer for #402 City of Winnipeg Squadron of the Canadian Forces Air Reserve, holding the rank of Captain. Doctor Copley retired from the Public Service of Canada in 1986 and obtained employment with the Worker's Compensation Board of British Columbia as a Medical Advisor until retiring again in January 1999. He now lives in West Vancouver, BC.

Copp, Ernest Charles

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • fl. 1949-2009

Ernest Charles Copp joined the Canadian Army ca. 1949. He trained at Camp Borden, Ontario. He joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and trained to be a paratrooper at Camp Shilo, Manitoba. At the outset of the Korean War, the original battalion of PPCLI was designated the 1st Battalion. It rotated into the war zone from November 1951 to October 1952, relieving the 2nd Battalion and preceding the 3rd Battalion. Pte Copp was in a platoon of Pioneers, a trade which specialized in building engineering works and dismantling ordnance. By tradition, they were the only Infantry soldiers permitted to grow beards. After the war, Ernie Copp was a member of the Vancouver Island Branch of the PPCLI Association and the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. He was living in Langford, BC as of 2009.

Cosford, Lorne

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • d. 1988

L 104095 Lorne L. Cosford joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 28 October 1944 as a Private. Promoted to Lance Corporal he was wounded 16 December 1944 in Italy. He was Struck Off Strength 17 June 1945 but re-enlisted with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) after the Second World War. In February 1947 he was a part of the Haines, Alaska Cut Off Expedition, which included 5 members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, to establish a supply transportation route from Whitehorse, Yukon through the Haines Cut Off Pass into Haines, Alaska. He died on December 2, 1988 and was survived by his wife Dagmar Cosford of Arborg, Manitoba.

Coutts, Norman

M800360 Norman Coutts joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 7 November 1950 and was a member of Second Battalion, A Company, 3 Platoon in Korea 1950-1951.

Craig, Gordon McSpadden

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 1895-1949

Gordon McSpadden Craig, known in his military records as 411167 Gordon Craig, was born on 7 February 1895 in Belfast, Ireland. In 1904 he emigrated with his family to Vancouver, BC. He was apparently a student at McGill University College of British Columbia (later University of British Columbia) when he enlisted in the McGill University Company of the Canadian Army on 27 April 1915. He trained at Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, and was transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the field on 28 July 1915. He was captured in battle on 2 June 1916 and was held prisoner of war until 6 December 1918. He returned to Vancouver and became an entrepreneur, proprietor of Gordon Craig Radios at 637 Richards Street. In 1920 he married Vera Maude Giberson, and they lived in the upper-middle-class West Kitsilano district. They had three daughters, Patricia Gladys (Whyte), Vera Eileen, and Clodagh. Gordon retired from his business in 1944 and died from heart failure on 5 July, 1949.

Crawford, John

1765 John Crawford was born in 1883 in London, England. Prior to joining the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 25 August 1914 he served with the Coldstream Guards and worked as an upholsterer. He was promoted to Sergeant and then Company Sergeant Major. He served through out the First War with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and was Struck Off Strength 20 March 1919. He was awarded the Military medal and bar. Following the First War, John Crawford joined the Permanent Force and eventually rose to the rank of Captain in charge of staff members of the 4th Division Officer and Non Commissioned Officer School.

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