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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.

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.

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.

Irwin, William Eric C.

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  • 1890-1963

William Eric C. Irwin was born 24 January 1890 in Ottawa, the fourth child of Lieutenant Colonel De La Cherois Thomas Irwin, Inspector General of the Royal Canadian Artillery and Isabella Hamilton. He was a graduate of McGill University in Electrical Engineering and joined the 1st University Company in February 1915. He trained at Niagara-On-The-Lake and sailed for England on the SS Northland with the 1st Reinforcing Draft of the 38th Battalion in May 1915. He was taken on strength with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant 26 July 1915. He was wounded in both legs 2 June 1916 at the Battle of Mount Sorrel and mentioned in dispatches. He was hospitalized at Newcastle and Ramsgate, England and returned to Canada 7 December 1916. After receiving an operation on his leg at Montreal General Hospital he was posted to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Depot in Ottawa and promoted to Major 15 June 1917. In November 1917 he returned to England as part of a reinforcement draft. Returning to Canada in February 1918 he was assigned duties at Army Headquarters, becoming Chief of General Staff in Ottawa and had his leg operated on again in August 1918 in Toronto. After recovering he acted as Aide-de-Camp for the Duke of Devonshire during his tour of the Maritimes in December 1918. He was released sometime in early 1919. He died in 1963 in Toronto.

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.

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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  • 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.

Hradec, Tom

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  • 1944-

Thomas F. Hradec was born 6 January 1944 at Victoria, British Columbia. Raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan he worked in the nickel mines of Thompson, Manitoba, and for a short time with Burns and Co. in Prince Albert. Tom joined the Canadian Army on 02 August 1962 and was enlisted in the ranks of the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry after completion of Basic Training (the first and second phases were completed in Edmonton, Alberta and the third and final phase was conducted in Calgary, Alberta). He was posted in March 1963 to Victoria, British Columbia and then to Germany in the fall of 1963. Private Hradec remained in Germany until he was posted to Edmonton, Alberta, in the fall of 1966. While in Edmonton, he was posted to Jump Company after completing his (parachute) Jump Course in Rivers, Manitoba, that same year. In the spring of 1967 he was attached to the Alberta Centennial tour under the command of Major de Chastelain and was one of the main soldiers involved with the unarmed combat display. In the Fall of 1967 Private Hradec was on the Junior NCO's course conducted in Sarcee Barracks (Calgary, Alberta). Shortly after the completion of this course he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In the spring of 1968 Corporal Hradec was posted with the First Battalion to Cyprus. While in Cyprus he served on three different outposts, Stampede Corral, Saddle and Templose. He returned to Canada in October 1968 and was posted to Calgary. In October 1969 Corporal Hradec was posted to Germany with the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. In 1971 the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal Canadian Regiment formed the Third Mechanized Commando Unit, stationed in Baden Baden, southern Germany. Tom was promoted to Master Corporal in 1972. In the fall of 1974 M/Cpl. Hradec was posted back to Canada to the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry stationed in Calgary. On the 15th of September 1975 he was honourably discharged from the Canadian Armed Forces. Since his release from the Canadian Armed Forces Tom was with the Alberta Correctional Services until he retired in 2002. He was National President of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United nations Peacekeeping in the 2000s, and was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2008. In 2016 he was living near Moyie, BC.

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