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Herdy, Alec

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • ca. 1958-

Alec G. Herdy graduated from high school in Scarborough, Ontario in 1976. He served as a Private in the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) at Wainwright, Alberta and Esquimalt, BC in 1980-1983. He studied at the University of Victoria, 1997-2003, completing a B.A. in History and Geography and secondary education studies. He coordinated an educational program on landmine awareness for the Canadian Red Cross in Victoria, ca. 2001-ca. 2002. He was involved with the education program of The Military Museums in Calgary in 2007, and was a volunteer writer and editor for the PPCLI Association Calgary Branch Newsletter and the PPCLI annual The Patrician, 2008-2013. He volunteered with the PPCLI Regimental Archives, 2009-2013, managing a program that provided compilations on past regimental members for family historians.

Waddell, Boyd

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 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).

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.

Aherne, Thomas Joseph

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 1958-2017

Thomas Joseph Aherne was born in Montreal, Quebec on 22 January 1958 to Michael and Margaret Aherne. He had five siblings: Mary, Breeda, James, Kathleen, and Margaret. His passions in life were learning, teamwork, taking on challenges, and teaching others. His pursuit of those passions led to a 21-year long career in the Canadian Military, where he served in the Royal Canadian Regiment, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He earned many achievements, awards, and honours. In 1984, he completed qualifications to become a course instructor. His leadership qualities and mastery of many military skills led to his appointment to the elite units Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2). After he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces with the rank of Warrant Officer in 1997, he started his own electrical contracting business based in Calgary, Alberta. He was previously married to Pamela Jill Plummer. He later married Maureen McKee. He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 59 on 18 October 2017.

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.

MacLeod, Donald G.

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • fl. 1950-1999

Donald G. MacLeod was a Lieutenant and Platoon Commander of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Second Battalion, 5 Platoon in Korea, 1950-1951.

McMillan, Donald Hugh

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • fl. 1939-1945

Donald Hugh McMillan was a member of the First Canadian Parachute Company (the forerunner of the Airborne Regiment) and served in the Battle of Britain and in Europe during the Second World War.

Munro, Donald

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 1919-

Donald Munro was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1919. He immigrated to Canada in 1925 and settled in Carstairs, Alberta. He joined the Alberta Light Horse (militia) in 1936 as a Trooper prior to attending the University of Alberta in 1938-1939. He was commissioned in August 1939 but resigned his Commission to join the Calgary Highlanders 7 September 1939 at the outbreak of World War Two. Re-commissioned in August 1940 he served as a Platoon Leader, Carrier Platoon and served with the Calgary Highlanders in England from December 1940 until August 1943 when he joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Sicily. Lieutenant Munro served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Sicily, Italy and Holland as a Platoon Leader and Transport Officer until he was Struck Off Strength in May 1945. Following the War Munro saw militia service with the King's Own Calgary Regiment, the Calgary Highlanders and 110 Manning Depot until retiring in 1967 with the rank of Captain. From 1990 until 1993 Don Munro was the Curator of the Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum. He then assumed the position of volunteer Archivist and acted as a Gallery Host for the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum until retiring in April 2003.

Wilkinson, George

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • fl. 1937-1940

P21376 George Wilkinson was an Officer Cadet who joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 1 September 1939 as a Lance Corporal and was Struck Off Strength 20 November 1940 and subsequently commissioned to another Regiment.

Guiou, Gerald Wallace

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 1894-1969

475387 Gerald Wallace Guiou was born on 3 August 1894. He was a student at McMaster University when he joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on December 6, 1915 as a member of the 3rd University Company. Initially holding the rank of Sergeant, he was eventually promoted to Captain. He was wounded on September 28, 1918, and was struck off strength on March 20, 1919. He was awarded the Military Cross with bar. Following the war he became a minister of religion, and in the Second World War served as a padre for another regiment. He died in 1969 in Yarmouth, NS. His brother Norman Miles Guiou was a medical officer during the war, and wrote a book about his experiences, Transfusion: a Canadian Surgeon's Story in War and in Peace.

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