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Popkie, Howard James

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 1934-

SA 1751 Howard James Popkie was born 29 September 1934 at Horton Township, Ontario. He was a member of the Oxford Rifles (militia) from 1950-1951 and joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1951 at the age of 16. He joined the Third Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 9 July 1951 and trained at Wainwright, Alberta, Camp Borden, Ontario, and Camp Ipperwash, Ontario prior to going overseas with the Battalion in October 1952. Private Popkie was a member of the Vickers Machine Gun Platoon and served in Korea from November 1952 to October 1953. He was honorably released 7 July 1954 but rejoined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry with the Second Battalion 26 June 1957. He was posted first to Griesbach Barracks in Edmonton, Alberta and then to Esquimalt, British Columbia. He was honorably discharged 3 July 1960 and returned to Ontario. He was living at Arnprior, Ontario in 2015.

Gray, Hub

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • 1928-2018

Hubert Archibald "Hub" Gray, 1928-2018, joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment in 1948. In October 1950 he volunteered for service in the Korean War, and transferred as a Lieutenant to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI). In February 1951 he arrived in Korea as second-in-command of the Mortar Platoon. He was said to have acted coolly and decisively during the Battle of KapYong, Korea, 24-25 April 1951. He was later appointed Commander of 12 Platoon, D Company in charge of a machine gun section. Promoted to Captain following his return to Canada in November 1951, he realized his goal of becoming a paratrooper in 1952. He resigned from the Permanent Force in 1953, but continued to serve in the Militia, with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and the 48th Highlanders, until 1958. In civilian life, he became a partner in Richardson Securities, specializing in petroleum investments. He was active in veterans' organizations and in the PPCLI Heritage Committee. He was the author of: Beyond the danger close : the Korean experience revealed : 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. - Calgary : Bunker to Bunker Pub., 2003. In 1953 he married Pam Cowie, and they had four sons, Char, Chris, Randy, and Tim.

Reid, James Malcolm

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • d. 2004

H16730 James Malcolm "Jim" Reid was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and served in the 31st U.S. Infantry Regiment in the Philippine Islands. In December 1939 he enlisted in the Winnipeg Light Infantry, transferring to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 12 January 1940 and joining the Regiment at Godstone, Surrey 11 April 1941. He remained with the unit until December 1942. Returning to Canada on the SS Queen Elizabeth for a three month instructors' course at the Officer's Training Centre (OTC), Brockville Ontario, Jim transferred to the OTC, Three Rivers Quebec until September 1943 when he was posted to the Instructional Cadre in Aldershot, Hants. Shortly thereafter Jim reverted to the rank of Private (later promoted to Lance Corporal) to rejoin the Regiment. Wounded on 23 May 1944 at the Hitler Line near Monte Casino he was hospitalized in Casserta, Italy then transferred to Kingston Military Hospital and eventually to Christie Street hospital where he was found by Hookie Walker and others of the Patricia Club in August 1944. After attending the University of Toronto Contingent Canadian OTC, James Reid was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Supply Reserve 1 October 1950 and then posted to the Canadian Army Special Force raised for service in the Korean War. Promoted to Acting Captain he transferred to the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 3 September 1957 and then to the Second Battalion as a Captain in November the same year. Jim joined the Toronto Branch of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association in 1947 when they were meeting at the Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Hall on Isabella Street. Jim has seen service with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, Toronto Branch as Secretary, Treasurer in 1972 and President in 2000. He died on 20 January 2004 in Toronto.

Jackson, John A.

  • ppcli
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1935-2001

P22230 John A. Jackson joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as part of the Regimental Band ca. 1935. He enlisted for overseas service 1 September 1939 but was Struck Off Strength 26 January 1941 and returned to Canada for further training at Camp Borden. He was a part of the #2 Provost Company Draft in 1943. In 2001 he was living in Edmonton, Alberta.

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