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Lock, W. A.

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  • d. 2008

B801995 W. A. "Bill" Lock enlisted with the Third Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in January 1951. He transferred to the First Battalion sometime prior to its embarkation for Korea in November 1951. He retired with the rank of sergeant. He died in 2008 in Nelson, BC.

Hayden, Walter Frederick

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  • 1901-1987

Walter Frederick Hayden 1901-1987, joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry ca. 1919 (too late to see action) and was discharged ca. 1924. He was the Canadian welterweight boxing champion for 3 years, played lacrosse for the Vancouver Burrards and was the trainer for the Bralorne Golddiggers hockey team, 1938-1940. He had a successful athletic career in soccer, rugby, basketball (though only 5'5"), tennis, and as a distance runner. During the Second World War he was a welder for the Burrard Shipyards in North Vancouver and stayed there until retirement at the age of 67. He died at the age of 86.

Gregory, William Ferguson

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  • 1891-1969

William Ferguson Gregory was born in Collingwood, Ontario 2 May 1891. Prior to enlisting he was a member of the 35th Simcoe Foresters for 2 years and spent one summer as a missionary in Saskatchewan. He enlisted with the 4th University Company 13 October 1915 and was taken on strength with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 28 April 1916. He played violin with the Base Depot Orchestra and the Princess Pat's Comedy Company. Wounded at Sanctuary Wood, 2 June 1916 he was struck off strength 12 July 1916. After 3 months convalescing in England, Gregory sailed for Canada 28 October 1916 and spent a year in hospital in Canada. He was eventually discharged 31 October 1917 as medically unfit. After returning to Canada in 1917 he finished a BA at Toronto University and taught business at the Western Technical-Commercial School in Toronto until his retirement in 1956. He passed away 25 July 1969 in San Diego, California.

Thompson, William

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  • b. 1931

William F. Thompson was born November 10, 1931 to Canadian parents living in Detroit Michigan USA. When his father lost his job due to the depression the family moved back to Ontario, to farm in the southern Georgian Bay area. With the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 he enlisted in the regular army for a three year term. When Private Thompson completed basic training at Camp Borden he was given a choice of the three airborne regiments, the Royal Canadian Regiment, the PPCLI or the Royal 22nd Regiment. He opted for the Patricias, went to Currie Barracks in Calgary and was assigned to the First Battalion, A Company where he remained until his release from the army. Training continued through the winter of 1950-1951 in Calgary and Vernon BC. In the spring Thompson went to Camp Rivers and Camp Shilo in Manitoba for jump training and was awarded the Canadian Parachute Badge on June 20, 1951. He returned to Currie Barracks in Calgary and continued with more training until in September 1951, following embarkation leave, he embarked for Korea with the Battalion from Seattle Washington. In October 1951 the First Battalion took over the Second Battalion's position on the front line in Korea. After a year in Korea, the First Battalion was relieved by the Third Battalion in the fall of 1952. The hostilities continued until the cease-fire on July 27, 1953. Thompson stayed in the army until completion of his three year term on August 3, 1953 during which time he did some more training, including two more jumps. Upon his release he was awarded the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea. 39 years later, on June 5, 1992, he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Medal for Korea. After his release from the army in August 1953, William Thompson was employed with Ontario Hydro and eventually became a Journeyman lineman. He returned to Michigan and worked for the power company there until retirement in 1993. Since retirement, he joined the Korea Veterans Association, Unit 23, Brampton Ontario.

Franklin, Berkeley Albert James

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  • 1927-2003

SK10560 Berkeley Albert James Franklin, also known as "Bark", "BAJ", or "Badge", was born 19 February 1927 at Drumheller, Alberta. He enlisted for the Pacific Force and joined the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1945 at Currie Barracks, Calgary. He was detailed to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Police at Camp Shilo, Manitoba from January to June 1946 and was based at Currie Barracks, Calgary from July 1946 until the end of his military career. He participated in Exercise Haines #1 in the Yukon, February/March 1947, and was a member of the Special Air Service Company from 8 January to September 1948. In August 1949 he participated in Exercise Eagle, an airborne assault on the Fort St. John airstrip. He served with both the First and Third Battalions, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Platoon Sergeant in Korea, 1952-1953. Later promoted to Staff Sergeant, he served with the First Battalion, D Company as Battalion Orderly Sergeant in Fort MacLeod, Germany in 1955-1957. BAJ retired as a Master Warrant Officer in 1970 and resided in Calgary, Alberta. In his retirement he was active in the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and the PPCLI Association. He volunteered in the PPCLI Museum and Archives, and was an activist advocate for the rights of veterans. He was married to Enid Marion Franklin and they had two children, Gordon and Marilyn. Among other decorations, awards, and honours he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He died on 13 April 2003.

Brown, George Grenville

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  • 1922-1995

Born 17 June 1922 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, George Brown was educated there and in Regina. He attended Royal Military College, Kingston, from 1940 to 1942. He was commissioned in the Seaforth Highlanders and served in Canada, the United Kingdom and North Africa. In 1943 he joined the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy. He was wounded in 1944 and rejoined the Seaforth Highlanders in April 1945 in Holland. Brown was transferred to Princess Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in 1946 and served with the 2nd Battalion in Germany. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1962, he commanded the 1st Battalion PPCLI in Victoria and Germany until 1965. Brown was promoted to Colonel and Chief of Infantry at Mobile Command headquarters in 1966. He was promoted to Brigadier-General in 1970 and appointed Chief of Staff for Operations, Mobile Command. In 1970 he was promoted to Major General and Chief of Land Operations, National Defence Headquarters, and in 1975 he was appointed Deputy Commander, Mobile Command. Major General Brown retired from the Army in 1977, and served a six-year honorary term with the PPCLI as Colonel of the Regiment. In 1983 he became Vice-Patron of the PPCLI Association. He died on 14 March, 1995. He was married to Constance Brown and they had three children.

Knight, Talbot

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  • 1917-1999

Born in Ardley, Alberta in 1917 and raised in England, Talbot Knight joined the Royal Air Force in 1933 and after a 3 year apprenticeship was posted to Egypt. In World War Two he was assigned as a Corporal to 242 Fighter Squadron with other Canadians living in Britain. Narrowly escaping capture at Dunkirque and LeMans, Flight Sergeant Talbot was finally captured by the Japanese in 1942 and spent 3 years in Japanese prison camps in Malaya, Java, and the Molucca Islands. On 21 August 1945 he was released from prison and on 17 September flown out to Calcutta on an American Skymaster. A week later he returned to England on a Royal Air Force Dakota. Following the War Talbot was promoted to Squadron Leader within the Special Air Service and then appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Royal Air Force. He died in 1999.

Fraser, N.R.

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  • fl. 1943-1946

N.R. Fraser was a Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1943-1946.

Massie, Donald Arthur

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  • 1917-1994

21433 Donald Arthur "Dan" Massie was born in Grand Forks, BC on 5 March 1917. He was living in Chilliwack, BC in 1937 and was a member of the Westminster Regiment there. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at Work Point Barracks, Esquimalt, BC on 20 October 1937. He trained at Work Point Barracks and in England was promoted to Corporal. He married Helen Edith Almond of Brighton, England in 1942. He participated with the PPCLI in the Sicilian and Italian campaigns of World War II. He was wounded in Italy on 2 September 1944 and was struck off strength on the same day. He recovered from his injuries at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver. He was promoted to Sergeant ca. 1946, and served in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps in Montreal. He retired from military service in 1962 and subsequently worked for a sand and gravel outlet, auto parts store, and dairy. He was living in Grand Forks, BC in 1989. He died in Victoria, BC on 2 December 1994.

Armstrong, Harry

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  • fl. 1919-1945

Bandsman Harry Armstrong joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1919 as a tuba player. He also acted as head gardener for the Regiment, maintaining the grounds at Camp Shilo and Tuxedo Barracks in Winnipeg. He went overseas in 1939, and became a sergeant with the 1st Divisional Band and later Royal Canadian Artillery Band. He died shortly after the Second World War.

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