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Richardson, John Henry

  • ppcli
  • Persona
  • 1927-2008

John Henry Richardson, DCM, CD, was born in Victoria, BC on April 30, 1927 and died in Calgary, Alberta on December 26, 2008. His service number was SK12487. Chief Warrant Officer Richardson served in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Canada, Korea, continental Europe and Cyprus from May 16, 1945 to January 20, 1973, retiring as a Regimental Sergeant Major. John served in the RCMP for eight years as a Special Constable. He subsequently worked with the Alberta Forestry Service. John was a member of the PPCLI Association, Korea Veterans Association, RCMP Veterans Association, and the Royal Canadian Legion. He served as a paratrooper and jump instructor, was wounded in Korea in October 1952 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He also served as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Canadian contingent in Cyprus in 1971 and was active in the PPCLI Association until his passing. He returned to Korea in 1983 and again in 1997, and supported efforts to have the government honour Korean veterans through memorials. John was survived by his sister Dr. Mary H. Richardson of Thunder Bay, ON.

Mills, John Graham Wallace

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  • Persona
  • 1919-1995

TH 8894 John Graham Wallace "Wally" Mills was born in Hartley, Manitoba on August 1, 1919. He enlisted with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders for service overseas in the Second World War and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Following the war, he served in the Reserve Army, and at the onset of the Korean War he joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a lieutenant, and qualified as a parachutist. He was a Captain in command of D Company during the Battle of KapYong and was awarded the Military Cross for his actions in battle. He returned to Canada in November 1951, and later served with peacekeeping forces in Palestine, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Pakistan, and Korea. He retired from military service with the rank of Major in 1968, and later served as a business manager for the Edmonton Public School Board until his second retirement in 1984. He was married to Elaine Mills, and they had two daughters, Heather and Kimberley. He died in Edmonton on February 5, 1995.

Rosser, David Hillard

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  • Persona
  • [ca. 1906]-1980

David Hillard Rosser, ca. 1906-1980, was born in Wales and was commissioned an officer of the Royal Welch Guards in 1926. He emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1929. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant on 22 November 1939. He rose rapidly up the ranks, and left PPCLI in October 1941 to fill various staff positions in England. He rejoined PPCLI on 6 May 1944, as a Major, second-in-command to Lt.Col. Cameron Ware. On 28 June 1944 he was appointed Commanding Officer of PPCLI. On 16 September 1944 he was wounded when a German shell hit his tactical headquarters near the Rimini Line. He was struck off strength but returned to General Staff until 1946. He was appointed to the Order of the British Empire. After the war he worked as a civil servant in England and Wales. In 1947 he married Mary Cecilia Cozens-Hardy. He died at Crawley, Sussex, England in March 1980.

Carvell, George Cecil

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  • Persona
  • 1882-1923

George Cecil Carvell, was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on July 20, 1882. He later lived in Toronto and Montreal, and was a merchant, according to his attestation papers. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) on August 24, 1914, and held regimental number 136. He was soon promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant, then to lieutenant, as Transport Officer, then to captain as Acting Adjutant. In February 1917 he was seconded to supervise the Chinese Labour Corps. He was struck off strength on April 16, 1918, and served with the Intelligence Branch of the British government with the rank of Major in Tientsin, China. He returned to Canada in 1923 and died in Vancouver, BC on December 16, 1925. On August 15, 1916 he married Ruby Eleanor Coates, and they had one daughter, Eleanor Katherine, born October 14, 1917.

Watson, Brent

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  • Persona
  • fl. 1951

Brent Wilson was the author of an article, "Recipe for victory : the fight for Hill 677 during the Battle of the Kap'yong River, 24-25 April 1951".

Torpe, Norman

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  • Persona
  • 1919-2000

Norman David Torpe, 1919-2000, was one of the original 250 Canadian volunteers selected for the First Special Service Force, a joint American-Canadian unit known as the "Devil's Brigade". Only 72 of the 250 passed the initial exams and only 18 completed training. He deployed with the Force to the Aleutian Islands in early 1943 and to Italy in November 1943. He was wounded at the Anzio bridgehead in the spring of 1944 and lost one eye which ended his military career. Following the war Norman was a forest ranger and then farmed in Clive, Tofield, and Daysland, Alberta. He marred Violet Haroldson. He passed away in Camrose, Alberta on 2 March 2000.

Bliss, Frederick

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  • Persona
  • b. 1901

Frederick Bliss was born in Toronto on 1 March 1901. He was apparently orphaned, and lied about his age in order to enlist in the 222nd Battalion at Winnipeg in 1915. For most of the First World War he served overseas with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. He was discharged on 31 March 1919, and re-enlisted with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry on 24 November 1920. By 1926 he was promoted to Sergeant. He was commissioned in 1942 and served in Canada with the 10 Ordnance Depot Company. He retired from military service in 1948 with the rank of Captain. He worked as a purchasing agent for a hospital in Victoria, B.C. in 1956-1966. He was still living in Victoria in 1985.

Bliss, Frederick

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  • b. 1901

Frederick Bliss was born in Toronto on 1 March 1901. He was apparently orphaned, and lied about his age in order to enlist in the 222nd Battalion at Winnipeg in 1915. For most of the First World War he served overseas with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. He was discharged on 31 March 1919, and re-enlisted with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry on 24 November 1920. By 1926 he was promoted to Sergeant. He was commissioned in 1942 and served in Canada with the 10 Ordnance Depot Company. He retired from military service in 1948 with the rank of Captain. He worked as a purchasing agent for a hospital in Victoria, B.C. in 1956-1966. He was still living in Victoria in 1985.

Judge, Patrick Owen

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  • b. 1950

Patrick Owen "Pat" Judge was born in 1950. His home town was Brantford, Ontario. Around 1969 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, and completed his recruit training in February 1970 at CFB Cornwallis in Nova Scotia. He joined the Mortar Platoon of the 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), where he remained for his entire military career. He was promoted to Corporal by 1975; to Master Corporal in 1977; to Sergeant in 1983, and to Warrant Officer in 1989. He was posted to Cyprus in 1971, 1978, 1984, and 1991; to West Germany in 1977-1978; and undertook cold weather training in Norway in 1975-1976 and in Alaska in 1983. He was assigned to security detail at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. In 1983 he participated in a training expedition up the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories, and was commended for participating in the rescue of two civilian canoeists. In 1986 he qualified as a small arms instructor. From 1986 to 1990 he was attached to a reserve unit, the North Saskatchewan Regiment located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He worked in the PPCLI Regimental Museum and Archives, ca. 1990-ca. 1993 and served as Range Control Unit Warrant Officer at CFB Wainwright. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995. He was married to Carolyn Judge. In 2006 he was living in Arborg, Manitoba.

Smith, George Fraser

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  • Persona
  • 1920-2004

George Fraser "Smitty" Smith was born in Montreal in 1920. From 1939 to 1945 he served in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, which saw action in Sicily, Italy, and Northwest Europe with the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. In 1950 he joined the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) and saw action in Korea. He continued to serve with 2PPCLI in West Germany and in Canada. In the 1960s he transferred to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, and in 1970 he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. In retirement he was active in the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and the PPCLI Association. He volunteered in the PPCLI Regimental Museum and Archives. He was married to Audrey Smith, and they had 3 children, Bob, Ken, and Heather. He died in Calgary in 2004.

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