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Clifton, Ashworth Thomas

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • d. 1972

SP 28012 Ashworth Thomas Clifton joined the Permanent Active Militia 9 November 1935 and became a member of the Canadian Army 1 September 1939. During the Second World War he was a Master Sergeant with the First Canadian Parachute Battalion, qualifying as a Parachutist 11 September 1942 with the first Fort Benning, Georgia Class. Promoted to Sergeant Major he was a Jump Master at Fort Benning and Chief Dispatcher for 1 Can Para. He qualified as a Canadian Army Parachute Instructor 23 July 1954. He served with the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Sergeant Major in Korea from 1951-1952 and then served with the Regiment as a Warrant Officer II until retiring 30 January 1961. Mentioned in Dispatches for service in Korea, awarded 23 March 1953. He died in Calgary on May 15, 1972.

Colquhoun, William Gourlay

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 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.

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.

Copp, Ernest Charles

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 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.

Cosford, Lorne

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • d. 1988

L 104095 Lorne L. Cosford joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 28 October 1944 as a Private. Promoted to Lance Corporal he was wounded 16 December 1944 in Italy. He was Struck Off Strength 17 June 1945 but re-enlisted with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) after the Second World War. In February 1947 he was a part of the Haines, Alaska Cut Off Expedition, which included 5 members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, to establish a supply transportation route from Whitehorse, Yukon through the Haines Cut Off Pass into Haines, Alaska. He died on December 2, 1988 and was survived by his wife Dagmar Cosford of Arborg, Manitoba.

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