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Draycot, Walter

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  • 1883-1985

Walter Mackay Langdale Draycot (who sometimes spelled his surname Draycott) was born 24 Feb 1883 in Leicester England. He served with the King's Royal Rifles in South Africa (Boer War) as a Sergeant. He emigrated to Canada in 1907, settling in Fort William, Ontario. He moved to Vancouver in 1911 and then settled in Lynn Valley, British Columbia in 1912. An "Original", he joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Private in England in December 1914 as a topographist but was assigned regimental number 883 and sent to France 20 December 1914. He became the regimental barber and map maker. He was Mentioned In Dispatches in Oct 1916 and promoted to Acting Corporal. He was also employed as the topographer for the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade in April 1917 and was in charge of the Brigade Intelligence Department for a short time. He was with the Regiment at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and provided the Regiment with detailed maps of the Ridge. He was gassed in May 1917 and Struck Off Strength from the Regiment 16 May 1917. He was discharged from the Canadian Army in November 1918. He returned to Lynn Valley in 1918, and published his first history of that community the following year. He served as Justice of the Peace from 1923 to 1975 and was a school trustee for three years in the 1920s. He was a feature writer for the North Vancouver and Vancouver newspapers on an irregular basis, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, and an occasional contributor to scientific journals. He was employed by the Geological Survey of Canada for various months from 1949 to 1952. In 1972, he opened the first North Shore Museum and Archives building. His second history of the Lynn Valley, "Early Days in the Lynn Valley", was printed in 1978. Walter Draycot died 22 October 1985 at the age of 102. In 1986 a statue of him was unveiled at the opening of Lynn Valley Pioneer Park at the intersection of Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway in North Vancouver. In 1999 the Vancouver Branch of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association erected a plaque in Draycot's honour and the plaque was dedicated by the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Lady Patricia Brabourne, Colonel-In-Chief of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Butler, William E.

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  • d. 1996

SK100519 William E. Butler served in Korea with the Royal Canadian Regiment from 1951 to 1953 and rebadged to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry following the War. He served with the First Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Germany, 1955 to 1957, in Victoria from 1958 to 1963 as a Recruit Instructor and in Edmonton as Manager of the Corporal's Mess from 1966 to 1968. He passed away 28 January 1996.

Colquhoun, William Gourlay

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  • 1888-1966

William Gourlay Colquhoun was born in Hamilton, Ontario on 9 August 1888. He was educated at Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, and from 1906 he served as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Highlanders and the 29th Light Horse. He joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in August 1914 as a Lieutenant. He was taken prisoner of war 27 February 1915 while on a reconnaissance with Major Hamilton Gault near St. Eloi. He was awarded the Military Cross as well as being mentioned in dispatches for this daring foray into enemy territory. He was finally repatriated in November 1918 and brought to the attention of the Secretary of State for his many attempts to escape captivity. Promoted to Captain at the end of the First World War he was appointed the first Regimental Adjutant of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry after reorganization and the establishment of the Permanent Canadian Militia. He was promoted to Major in 1932 and then Lieutenant Colonel in 1937. He was appointed Commanding Officer of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 16 February 1937 and went overseas with the Regiment in December 1939. Promoted to Brigadier General 14 September 1940, Colquhoun returned to Canada to command the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade at Debert Camp, Nova Scotia. He later commanded the Vernon Military District in British Columbia and then the 13th Infantry Brigade in Camp Nanaimo. "Shorty" Colquhoun retired in 1946 and resided in Victoria, until his death on 18 November 1966. He was married to Jean Colquhoun.

Broom, Zeph Porter

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  • 1889-1979

124056 Zephaniah Porter Broom was born 7 November 1889 in Tennessee and worked as a cabinet maker in London, Ontario before the First World War. He enlisted as a Private with the 70th Battalion 12 October 1915 and joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the field 9 June 1916. He was wounded 15 September 1916 during the Battle of Fleurs Courcelette and was Struck Off Strength from the Regiment 24 September 1916. He was still with the 3rd Canadian Division in May 1917 but with a different regiment. Later in 1917 he joined Company C of the 117th Infantry of the United States Army, saw action with this unit, and was promoted to Sergeant. After the war he married Bessie Lee Mikels and settled in Knox County, Tennessee. They had three children, Mary Rachel, Charles Richard, and James Robert. He died in 1979 in Knox County, Tennessee.

Young, Francis George

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  • b. 1887

Francis George Young, was born in 1887 in England and immigrated to Canada as a young man. He was one of the first to joint Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in August 1914, with regimental number 196. Promoted to Lance Sergeant, he was wounded on 4 May 1915 at Bellewaerde Ridge and was wounded again on 29 June 1916 at Sanctuary Wood. He was consequently Struck Off Strength on 8 August 1916. He returned to England after the war and in 1954 was living in London. He had at least one daughter living in London, Mary Young, and a daughter living in Canada, Mrs. R. J. Gibbs.

Lyndon, Harry D.

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  • d. 2002

H17000 Harry D. Lyndon joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the field on 28 November 1941 as a Private and was promoted to Lance Corporal soon after. He was wounded on 28 December 1943 and was Struck Off Strength due to his wounds. He died on March 14, 2002 and was buried in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Richardson, John Henry

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  • 1927-2008

John Henry Richardson, DCM, CD, was born in Victoria, BC on April 30, 1927 and died in Calgary, Alberta on December 26, 2008. His service number was SK12487. Chief Warrant Officer Richardson served in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Canada, Korea, continental Europe and Cyprus from May 16, 1945 to January 20, 1973, retiring as a Regimental Sergeant Major. John served in the RCMP for eight years as a Special Constable. He subsequently worked with the Alberta Forestry Service. John was a member of the PPCLI Association, Korea Veterans Association, RCMP Veterans Association, and the Royal Canadian Legion. He served as a paratrooper and jump instructor, was wounded in Korea in October 1952 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He also served as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Canadian contingent in Cyprus in 1971 and was active in the PPCLI Association until his passing. He returned to Korea in 1983 and again in 1997, and supported efforts to have the government honour Korean veterans through memorials. John was survived by his sister Dr. Mary H. Richardson of Thunder Bay, ON.

Mills, John Graham Wallace

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  • 1919-1995

TH 8894 John Graham Wallace "Wally" Mills was born in Hartley, Manitoba on August 1, 1919. He enlisted with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders for service overseas in the Second World War and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Following the war, he served in the Reserve Army, and at the onset of the Korean War he joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a lieutenant, and qualified as a parachutist. He was a Captain in command of D Company during the Battle of KapYong and was awarded the Military Cross for his actions in battle. He returned to Canada in November 1951, and later served with peacekeeping forces in Palestine, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Pakistan, and Korea. He retired from military service with the rank of Major in 1968, and later served as a business manager for the Edmonton Public School Board until his second retirement in 1984. He was married to Elaine Mills, and they had two daughters, Heather and Kimberley. He died in Edmonton on February 5, 1995.

Jubilee Wives' Club

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  • ca. 1963-1987

The Women's Auxiliary of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Club of Toronto was formed in 1919 by a group of widows of men killed in action. Similar women's organizations formed in other cities. In Winnipeg and Victoria where PPCLI garrisons were located, the Women's Auxiliary revived in the late 1930s as an organization for wives of active servicemen. During the Second World War and the Korean War it was active in several cities and was involved in sending comforts to the men overseas. It was also known as the Ladies' Auxiliary. In 1963-1964 the Jubilee Wives' Club was organized to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Regiment, and in the 1970s and 1980s the 1PPCLI Wives' Club was active in Calgary. By 1987 it was also known as the P.P.C.L.I. Auxiliary Society. In 1989 it was known as the Patricia Wives Association

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Ladies' Auxiliary

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  • ca. 1919-ca. 1964

The Women's Auxiliary of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Club of Toronto was formed in 1919 by a group of widows of men killed in action. Similar women's organizations formed in other cities. In Winnipeg and Victoria where PPCLI garrisons were located, the Women's Auxiliary revived in the late 1930s as an organization for wives of active servicemen. It was also known as the Ladies' Auxiliary. During the Second World War and the Korean War it was active in several cities and was involved in sending comforts to the men overseas. In 1963-1964 the Jubilee Wives' Club was organized to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Regiment, and in the 1970s and 1980s the 1PPCLI Wives' Club was active in Calgary. By 1987 it was also known as the P.P.C.L.I. Auxiliary Society. In 1989 it was known as the Patricia Wives Association

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