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Skelly, George Alfred

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  • 1929-

TH9438 George Alfred Skelly was born on 25 May, 1929. He married his wife Shirley Mary in 1950, and was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba at that time. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and was a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion in January 1951. He joined the 2nd Battalion in Korea as a transport officer in March 1951, and was present at the battle of KapYong. He completed his rotation in Korea with the 1st Battalion in March 1952, was promoted to Captain and served in the Canadian Army until 1956. He then undertook studies in medicine, specializing in urology, and practiced as a doctor in Britt, Minnesota, USA and Sun City West, part of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, USA, where he was still living in 2019. He had at least two children, Diane Laurel and Vera.

Gardner, Owen Wallace

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  • 1907-1991

Owen Wallace "Bill" Gardner, 1907-1991, was born in Godalming, Surrey, England. He emigrated to Canada and joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) as a drummer boy in 1923 at the age of 16. Rapidly promoted up the ranks, he was a Warrant Officer II and Regimental Sergeant-Major (RSM) by 1939. In 1942-1945 he served in the Instructional Cadre of the Canadian Army, and in 1945-1955 he was again an RSM of PPCLI. He saw action in North West Europe and Korea, and was the founding curator of the PPCLI Museum in 1953. In 1955 he had the rare distinction of being commissioned and appointed Captain without being required to take qualifying courses. He retired from the army in 1958. He was known as a fierce disciplinarian, but he was also a connoisseur of literature and classical music. He was married to the former Ella Bowers of Winnipeg and had one daughter, Shirley Olave McLeod. Following Ella's death in 1967 he became a close friend of the Calgary bookseller Evelyn de Mille.

Copp, Ernest Charles

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  • 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.

Erdmann, Joe

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  • fl. 1995-1996

Joe Erdmann of Bloomington, Minnesota, USA, was a hobbyist active in organizing reenactments of First World War battles. He was a leading member of the Great War Association (G.W.A.) of battle reenactors. He published a newsletter for its members, The Ric-A-Dam-Doo.

Campbell, John Alexander

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  • 1928-2000

A800432 John Alexander "Ian" Campbell Jr was born in Ingersoll, Ontario. He joined the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) in the autumn of 1950. He trained in Fort Lewis, Washington, and 3PPCLI rotated into the field from autumn 1952 until armistice was declared in the summer of 1953. He returned to Ingersoll, married on 30 July 1955, and had two children. He was active in the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. He died in Ingersoll on 1 March, 2000.

Simpson, Cecil James

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  • 1881-1950

534 Cecil James Simpson was born 31 December 1881 in Montreal, Quebec. He served in militia units in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and worked as a machinist. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) on August 20, 1914 and travelled with them to the front in Belgium in December 1914. He was wounded in January 1915 and June 1916, and became seriously ill from influenza in 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal, Corporal, and finally to Sergeant in November 1918. He married a British nurse's aide, Mabel Phyllis Jenner, and settled in Edmonton, Alberta after the war. They had at least two children, Cecil J. Simpson Jr and LCol Arthur R. Simpson. In 1922 the Simpson family moved to Colorado, where Cecil worked in the mining industry. He died in 1950, and is buried in Colorado Springs.

Waddell, Boyd

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  • 1920-1998

Boyd Waddell, 1920-1998, was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He began an apprenticeship in photography in 1937 at the Swift Current Advocate and Sun. In 1940 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an aerial photographer, spending most of his time at Goose Bay, Labrador and Suffield, Alberta. He married Freda Crum, 1917-2009, of Calgary at Suffield. On his discharge Waddell worked for the Alberta Government Publicity Bureau and McDermid Studios in Edmonton. The Waddells then operated the Pauline Photo Studio at Brooks, Alberta. In 1950 they moved to Calgary where Waddell joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as a medical photographer at the Colonel Belcher Hospital. He also freelanced extensively, showing his work in several major exhibitions, including images from several trips to the Canadian Arctic. Waddell received an Alberta Achievement Award in 1980. He was a member of the Biological Photographic Association and was a founder of the Alberta Medical and Biological Photographic Association. He was also a member and director of the McDougall Stoney Mission Society and did photography for the organization. He was a trustee and chairman of the Last Post Fund and the Veterans Field of Honor. He and his wife Freda had two children, Brent and Wendy (Sorensen).

Gray, Hub

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  • 1928-2018

Hubert Archibald "Hub" Gray, 1928-2018, joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment in 1948. In October 1950 he volunteered for service in the Korean War, and transferred as a Lieutenant to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI). In February 1951 he arrived in Korea as second-in-command of the Mortar Platoon. He was said to have acted coolly and decisively during the Battle of KapYong, Korea, 24-25 April 1951. He was later appointed Commander of 12 Platoon, D Company in charge of a machine gun section. Promoted to Captain following his return to Canada in November 1951, he realized his goal of becoming a paratrooper in 1952. He resigned from the Permanent Force in 1953, but continued to serve in the Militia, with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and the 48th Highlanders, until 1958. In civilian life, he became a partner in Richardson Securities, specializing in petroleum investments. He was active in veterans' organizations and in the PPCLI Heritage Committee. He was the author of: Beyond the danger close : the Korean experience revealed : 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. - Calgary : Bunker to Bunker Pub., 2003. In 1953 he married Pam Cowie, and they had four sons, Char, Chris, Randy, and Tim.

Hunt, Gary D.

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  • fl. 1953-2003

Gary D. Hunt enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1953. He was commissioned, and by 1958 he was a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI). By 1968 he was a Major, and was commander of No. 4 Guard of 1PPCLI in peacekeeping operations in Cyprus. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, and served in a number of staff positions in the Canadian Armed Forces. He was living in retirement in Canmore, Alberta, ca. 2000-ca. 2003.

Hayward, James G.

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  • [ca. 1937]-

SH206083 James G. "Jim" Hayward completed his basic training with the Flers-Courcelette Platoon at Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Depot in March 1956. He was taken on strength by the 2nd Battalion of PPCLI. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in April 1980 as a Warrant Officer stationed with the Regular Support Staff in Regina, Saskatchewan. With his wife Mona, he became active in the Saskatchewan Branch of the PPCLI Association. In 2017 he was still living in Regina.

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