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Irwin, William Eric C.
ppcli · Pessoa · 1890-1963

William Eric C. Irwin was born 24 January 1890 in Ottawa, the fourth child of Lieutenant Colonel De La Cherois Thomas Irwin, Inspector General of the Royal Canadian Artillery and Isabella Hamilton. He was a graduate of McGill University in Electrical Engineering and joined the 1st University Company in February 1915. He trained at Niagara-On-The-Lake and sailed for England on the SS Northland with the 1st Reinforcing Draft of the 38th Battalion in May 1915. He was taken on strength with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant 26 July 1915. He was wounded in both legs 2 June 1916 at the Battle of Mount Sorrel and mentioned in dispatches. He was hospitalized at Newcastle and Ramsgate, England and returned to Canada 7 December 1916. After receiving an operation on his leg at Montreal General Hospital he was posted to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Depot in Ottawa and promoted to Major 15 June 1917. In November 1917 he returned to England as part of a reinforcement draft. Returning to Canada in February 1918 he was assigned duties at Army Headquarters, becoming Chief of General Staff in Ottawa and had his leg operated on again in August 1918 in Toronto. After recovering he acted as Aide-de-Camp for the Duke of Devonshire during his tour of the Maritimes in December 1918. He was released sometime in early 1919. He died in 1963 in Toronto.

Broom, Zeph Porter
ppcli · Pessoa · 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.

Horton, James Henry
ppcli · Pessoa · 1909-1998

James Henry Horton, known as "Jim" or "Harry", was born in Edmonton, Alberta on 4 August, 1909. He completed 10 years of schooling in Edmonton, and worked at a variety of occupations in Edmonton and Winnipeg, including carpenter's helper, draftsman, and salesman. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Winnipeg in September 1939 and deployed to England. He was promoted to Corporal in 1940 and was part of a Pioneer platoon, developing expertise in dismantling ordnance. Leaving PPCLI in September 1942, he attended officer training school in Gordon Head, Victoria, BC. Commissioned in January 1943, he worked as an instructor in Canada and England. In September 1943 he married Betty Crow of Dorking, England. He rejoined PPCLI in Italy as a Captain in July 1944. He was awarded a U.S. decoration, the Bronze Star, for dismantling mines while under fire; and the Commander-in-Chief's Citation for outstanding service in North West Europe. After the war, Jim and Betty settled in Edmonton, where Jim operated Horton's Old Books, a second-hand and antiquarian bookstore. They had two daughters, including Patricia Horton Webb. Jim died on February 5, 1998.

Ferguson, Howard
ppcli · Pessoa · 1892-1975

411018 Peter Howard Ferguson, known as Howard, was born 28 July 1892 in Moorefield, Wellington County, Ontario. He moved with his family to a farm near Sedley, Saskatchewan. While a studying at Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, he enlisted in the 1st University Company of the 38th Battalion on 16 March 1915. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the field on 28 July 1915. During the Battle of Vimy Ridge he worked as a runner, sometimes venturing into exposed positions in order to deliver messages. For this, he was awarded the Military Medal. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in February 1918 and to Corporal in October 1918. After the war he married Marjorie Emigh, and they had two sons, Graham and Malcolm. He was active in the PPCLI Association, serving as president of its Toronto Branch in 1945. He later lived in Ottawa, and was active in the Patricia Club branch, composed of First World War veterans. He became Secretary-Treasurer of the Canada Ypres Memorial Fund. He died in Ottawa on 5 February, 1975.

Hicks, Edwin Chester
ppcli · Pessoa · 1912-

K85342 Edwin Chester "Jimmy" Hicks was born 31 July 1912 at Quyon, Quebec. He served a three year term of service with B Company of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Esquimalt, BC beginning in July 1931. He re-enlisted for a second three-year term beginning in November 1935. He signed up for overseas service on 5 October, 1939, and was promoted to Sergeant by 1941. He was wounded in Italy on 20 October 1944 and was struck off strength on the same day. During the post-war era he was living for a time in New Westminster, BC.

Nordick, Glenn W.
ppcli · Pessoa · 1954-

Glenn W. Nordick was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan and completed his secondary education in Kamloops, BC. He attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC and Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, graduating in 1977. He served with the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) in Calgary, Cyprus, and West Germany. In 1985 he was promoted to Major, and he subsequently commanded two companies of 3PPCLI. He served at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and, during the Gulf War, at Headquarters Canadian Forces Middle East in Manama, Bahrain. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 3PPCLI during its 1992-1993 deployment to Croatia. In 1999 he was placed in command of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Edmonton. He became a Brigadier General in 2001, in command of the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College in Kingston. In September 2005 he was appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence, and in January 2007 he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. Among his decorations were the Meritorious Service Cross, awarded for his leadership in Croatia, and the Order of Military Merit. In 1976 he married Cherillynn Theriault of Victoria, and they had three daughters, Tara, Brandy, and Chloe.

Gault, Andrew Hamilton
ppcli · Pessoa · 1882-1958

Andrew Hamilton “Hammie” Gault, 1882-1958, was descended from an Anglo-Irish merchant family which settled in Montreal in 1842 and became dominant players in Canadian textile manufacturing, insurance, finance, and politics. After attending Bishop's College School in Lennoxville and one year at McGill University, Gault joined the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and served with distinction as a subaltern until the end of the South African War in 1901. He continued to serve with the Canadian militia, eventually becoming a captain with the 5th Royal Highlanders (Black Watch of Canada). Following the death of his father in 1903, he assumed control of Gault Brothers and Company, the family cotton manufacturing firm. He married Marguerite Stephens in 1904. Gault was appointed honorary Consul General for Sweden in 1909-1911, and was a member of the council for the Montreal Board of Trade, 1911-1913. Upon the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, he offered to finance the raising of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). He was appointed Senior Major and Second-in-Command of the Regiment. He was wounded three times, losing his left leg, which effectively ended his active service in the field. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and Commanding Officer of PPCLI in November 1918. For his service in the Great War, Gault was awarded the Order of the British Empire, the Russian Order of St. Anne with Crossed Swords and the Belgian Order of the Crown. He was Mentioned in Dispatches four times and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry. Following the war, Gault was married in 1922 for a second time, to Dorothy Blanche “D.B.” Shuckburgh. Between the two world wars they lived at Hatch Court, near Taunton, Somerset, England, an estate that Hamilton purchased from Dorothy's aunt. They enjoyed aviation as a hobby. Gault served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Taunton from 1924 to 1935. In 1939 he was recalled for active duty with the Canadian Army in England and was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1940 and to Brigadier General in 1942. He returned to his Canadian home at Mont St. Hilaire in Quebec in 1944. In 1947 Gault founded the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association and served as the first National President. He was appointed honorary Colonel of the Regiment shortly before his death on 28 November 1958. Following his death, Dorothy Gault returned to Hatch Court, where she died in 1972. Hatch Court became the home of Dorothy’s niece Anne and her husband, Cdr. Barry Nation, who operated a small museum there dedicated to the history of Gault and the PPCLI. For further information see: First in the field : Gault of the Patricias / by Jeffery Williams. – St. Catharines, Ont. : Vanwell Pub., 1995.

Gault, Dorothy Blanche
Pessoa · 1899-1972

Dorothy Blanche Shuckburgh was the second wife of Andrew Hamilton Gault. They married in 1922. In the 1920s and 1930s they lived at Hatch Court, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset, England. After Gault retired from the Canadian Army in 1944 they moved to his Canadian estate at Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec. Following Gault's death in 1958, Dorothy returned to Hatch Court. She was often honored at ceremonies of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Papineau, Talbot
ppcli · Pessoa · 1883-1917

Talbot Papineau, great-grandson of the Patriote leader Louis-Joseph Papineau, was largely raised in his mother's Anglophone culture. He was one of the first Canadians to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and became a lawyer. During the First World War he joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was promoted to Major, and was awarded the Military Cross. He was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in October 1917.

Osland, Andrew
ppcli · Pessoa · 1919-1979

ZP1995 Andrew Osland, b. 1919, joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Winnipeg in 1937. He deployed for overseas service, but was struck off strength in 1940 to attend officer training school. He became a Lieutenant in 1943, and assumed command of a platoon of PPCLI in 1946. He was a Captain by 1953, and in 1956 or 1957 transferred to the Canadian Guards. By 1960 he was a Major, stationed at Western Command headquarters, with responsibility for liaising with units of the Canadian Rangers in the northern Territories and Pacific coast. Early in his military career, he became actively involved in the sport of boxing. He qualified as a judge and referee, and was manager of the PPCLI boxing team. He was the first President of the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association. He died in Edmonton in 1979.