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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. 2nd Battalion. Battle Group (Croatia)

  • ppcli
  • Instelling
  • 1992-1993

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 2nd Battalion Battle Group (2PPCLI BG) was formed from several units of the Canadian Army with 2PPCLI at its core, for the purpose of acting as a peacekeeping force in the new Republic of Croatia following the collapse of the government of Yugoslavia. It was part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

Middleton, Roderick

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 1929-2007

Roderick Morrison Middleton was born in Calgary, Alberta 23 January 1929. He served in the Calgary Highlanders (militia) from 1948 to 1950 and joined 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant, September 1950. He served as a Platoon Commander in Korea and was wounded 7 March 1951 during the assault on Hill 532. He returned to Canada for parachute training September 1951 and served at the Airborne and Offensive Air Support Schools at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at Rivers, Manitoba from 1952 to 1958. He was posted to 1st Battalion PPCLI in Victoria and served as second in command of A Company and was Regimental Adjutant, June 1960 to May 1963. He attended Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, India until December 1963. He was appointed General Staff Officer Grade 2, Special Operations, in the Directorate of Military Training at Army Headquarters in Ottawa. He attended United States Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, August 1965. Rejoining 2PPCLI in Edmonton, January 1966, he commanded the last Army Junior NCO School in Wainwright. He proceeded to Germany in May 1966 where he was in command of Headquarters Company and became Battalion Operations Officer of 1PPCLI then 2PPCLI. He was appointed General Staff Officer 2 Tactical Air Operations at the Joint Warfare establishment at Old Sarum, England, July 1967 and was appointed Staff Officer 2 in the Special Warfare Section of the Directorate of Land Operational Readiness in Ottawa in August 1969. He was posted to Calgary as Senior Staff Officer, Southern Alberta Militia District in March 1973. He retired from the Military July 1975. Following his military career Rod was manager of the Officer's Mess at Mewata Armouries, Calgary, Alberta until 1987 and Acting Director, Museum of the Regiments, May 2000-September 2000. He was active in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association and served as National President from 1985 to 1989. He was the Chairman of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Heritage Committee from 1999-2001 and still served on that Committee in 2002. Rod was directly involved in the planning and organization of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 75th Anniversary celebrations in Calgary, 1989, and the Regimental History Book Project, 1999-2001. Rod worked as a volunteer at the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives beginning in 1988 and was involved in the planning and design of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum Gallery. He completed the first draft of the inventory of the papers of Brig. A. Hamilton Gault in 2004. He married Laurine Strabel of Edmonton in 1952, and they had four children, Geoffrey, Kelly, Gary, and Janice. He died in Calgary on March 28, 2007.

Ware, Cameron Bethel

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 1913-1999

Cameron Bethel Ware was born 9 August 1913 at London, Ontario, the son of Colonel F.B. Ware. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry upon graduation from Royal Military College, Kingston in 1935. When the Second World War broke out in 1939 Lieutenant Ware was attached to the British Army. He was taken on strength in September 1939 and rejoined the Regiment in England in 1940 as a Major. He was appointed Second in Command of the Regiment 19 February 1942 and on promotion to Lieutenant Colonel 11 August 1943, led the Regiment in the Italian Campaign from the invasion of the mainland until the end of the battle of the Liri Valley 27 June 1944. He was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He was given command of the 3rd North Shore Regiment from 5 June 1945 to 3 November 1945. Following the War he commanded Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at Camp MacDonald, Manitoba in 1946-1947. He was promoted to Colonel in 1950 and commanded the Calgary Garrison until his appointment as Commandant, Canadian Services College, Royal Roads, British Columbia in 1952. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1954 he headed the Canadian Military Mission, Far East, Tokyo. In 1955 he became Director General, Military Training in Ottawa and was then appointed Commander 1st Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary in 1958. It was during this time that he was appointed Colonel of the Regiment of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), a position which he held until April 1977. In 1960, he was Commander 4th Canadian Brigade Group, Germany and upon promotion to Major General in 1962 he was appointed Commandant, National Defence College, Kingston until his retirement in 1966. He was married to Anne Bethel “Beth” Lind in 1939, and they had one daughter. Major General Ware passed away 21 January 1999.

Chatry, Harry

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 1926-2018

Harry Stephen Chatry was born 2 April 1926 in Delisle, Saskatchewan. He joined the Canadian Army 12 April 1945 and was posted to Vernon, British Columbia to become part of the Pacific force. The Second World War ended before he was posted overseas and he elected to remain in the Permanent Force. He was badged to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba in January 1946 and was promoted to Corporal in 1947. He was posted to Currie Barracks in Calgary in 1947 and made Company Orderly Sergeant. When the Regiment went Airborne in 1948, Corporal Chatry was chosen for Glider pilot training and was sent to the Royal Canadian Air Force School of Aviation Medicine in Toronto and then to Rivers, Manitoba for flight training. He graduated from the #1 Glider Pilot's Course in 1949 and returned to Rivers to join Glider Flight and instruct other pilots. Promoted to Sergeant in the early 50s, he closed Glider Flight in 1955 and returned to Calgary where he was appointed Acting Company Quartermaster of A Company, Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1956 Chatry was posted to Camp Borden as Small Arms Instructor. Posted back to the Second Battalion in 1964 he joined Reconnaissance Platoon and after a jump injury was attached to the Loyal Edmonton Regiment for almost a year. Returning to the Regiment in 1965 Warrant Officer Chatry was posted to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade in Germany as Brigade Sergeant Major. Later that same year he was transferred to the First Battalion and posted to Hemer, Germany where he was in charge of C Company and then Headquarters Company. When the First Battalion rotated back to Canada, Warrant Officer Chatry stayed in Germany with the Second Battalion, later returning to the First Battalion now stationed at Currie Barracks, Calgary, Alberta in 1968. After working at Regimental Headquarters for a year, Harry Chatry retired from the military in 1969 and settled in Sardis, BC. He was married to Hope Chatry, and they operated several businesses in the Chilliwack/Sardis area. They had three children, Gordon, Leslie, and Sharron. Harry Chatry died 23 April, 2018.

Thompson, Ernest A.

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • d. 1997

TK109745 Ernest A. Thompson was a Private with the Rocky Mountain Rangers from 1937 to 1940 when he was attached to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for instructor training June 1940. After Junior Non Commissioned Officer and Paratroop training in England he was attached to the 49th Edmonton Regiment #3 Assault Commando Group and participated in Operation Gauntlet. He was reassigned to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in April 1942 as an Instructor and Section leader. In October 1942 he was assigned to the British Army on the CANLOAN program and in North Africa to the 2nd London Irish Rifles. He again rejoined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in England in April 1943 and proceeded with them to Sicily. Fought with the Regiment in Sicily and Italy July 1943 to February 1944. Received a commission to Lieutenant and returned to England to train with the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Served with the Fort Garry Horse for Operation Overlord. With Lord Strathcona's Horse and Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) in Korea as a Captain August 1950 to November 1951. Served with RCEME at Camp Vernon, January 1952 to June 1956. Struck Off Strength to Supplementary Reserve June 1956. He passed away 12 January 1997.

Herdy, Alec

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 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.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association. Vancouver Island Branch

  • ppcli
  • Instelling
  • 1947-

A group of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) veterans living in Victoria, BC was represented at the inaugural meeting of the PPCLI Association in October 1947. The Victoria Branch was one of the components of the Association when it was legally incorporated in 1953. It was renamed Vancouver Island Branch in 2004.

Osland, Andrew

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 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.

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