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Broom, Zeph Porter

  • ppcli
  • Persona
  • 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.

Young, Francis George

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  • Persona
  • b. 1887

Francis George Young, was born in 1887 in England and immigrated to Canada as a young man. He was one of the first to joint Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in August 1914, with regimental number 196. Promoted to Lance Sergeant, he was wounded on 4 May 1915 at Bellewaerde Ridge and was wounded again on 29 June 1916 at Sanctuary Wood. He was consequently Struck Off Strength on 8 August 1916. He returned to England after the war and in 1954 was living in London. He had at least one daughter living in London, Mary Young, and a daughter living in Canada, Mrs. R. J. Gibbs.

Lyndon, Harry D.

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  • Persona
  • d. 2002

H17000 Harry D. Lyndon joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the field on 28 November 1941 as a Private and was promoted to Lance Corporal soon after. He was wounded on 28 December 1943 and was Struck Off Strength due to his wounds. He died on March 14, 2002 and was buried in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Richardson, John Henry

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  • 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.

John Henry Richardson

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  • 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

  • ppcli
  • 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

  • ppcli
  • 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.

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