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Gault, Andrew Hamilton

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  • Persoon
  • 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.

Nordick, Glenn W.

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  • 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.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Regimental Senate

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  • Instelling
  • 1977-2000

The Regimental Senate of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) was established as part of the 1977 revision of the regimental constitution. It consisted of PPCLI officers, active and retired, of the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and higher; representatives of the PPCLI Association; and distinguished persons nominated by the Regimental Guard or the Regimental Senate. It was expected to meet at least annually, but was not required to record minutes. Its role was to provide advice to the Colonel of the Regiment. There is no evidence that the Senate ever actually met, and it became essentially an honorary body. It ceased to be active after 1986 but a nominal roll of its members was compiled at least as recently as 2000.

Hicks, Edwin Chester

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  • 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.

Ferguson, Howard

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  • 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.

Horton, James Henry

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  • 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.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Home Station Officers' Mess

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  • Instelling
  • 1914-

In Canadian military tradition, officers normally dine separately from non-commissioned officers and junior ranks. The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Officers' Mess came into being in 1914 shortly after the founding of the Regiment. An Officers' Mess could be established in any location where there were a significant number of officers. The PPCLI Home Station Officers' Mess was located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Calgary from 1968 until 1997 when the PPCLI Home Station was moved to CFB Edmonton. Under the authority of the Queen's (or King's) Regulations and Orders, it governs itself under a Constitution and Bylaws. In addition to maintaining facilities for dining, it provides social and recreational services to its members and their families.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Home Station Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess

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  • Instelling
  • 1914-

In Canadian military tradition, senior non-commissioned officers (sergeants and warrant officers) normally dine separately from officers and from junior ranks (privates and corporals). The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Sergeant's Mess was established in 1914 shortly after the founding of the Regiment. By the 1970s it was known as the Home Station Warrant Officers' and Sergeants Mess. The Home Station of the PPCLI was considered to be Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Calgary from 1968 until 1997 when it was moved to CFB Edmonton. Under the authority of the Queen's (or King's) Regulations and Orders, it governs itself under a Constitution and Bylaws. In addition to dining, the Mess provides social and recreational services to its members and their families.

Broom, Zeph Porter

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  • 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.

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