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Middleton, Roderick

  • ppcli
  • Person
  • 1929-2007

Roderick Morrison Middleton was born in Calgary, Alberta 23 January 1929. He served in the Calgary Highlanders (militia) from 1948 to 1950 and joined 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant, September 1950. He served as a Platoon Commander in Korea and was wounded 7 March 1951 during the assault on Hill 532. He returned to Canada for parachute training September 1951 and served at the Airborne and Offensive Air Support Schools at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at Rivers, Manitoba from 1952 to 1958. He was posted to 1st Battalion PPCLI in Victoria and served as second in command of A Company and was Regimental Adjutant, June 1960 to May 1963. He attended Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, India until December 1963. He was appointed General Staff Officer Grade 2, Special Operations, in the Directorate of Military Training at Army Headquarters in Ottawa. He attended United States Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, August 1965. Rejoining 2PPCLI in Edmonton, January 1966, he commanded the last Army Junior NCO School in Wainwright. He proceeded to Germany in May 1966 where he was in command of Headquarters Company and became Battalion Operations Officer of 1PPCLI then 2PPCLI. He was appointed General Staff Officer 2 Tactical Air Operations at the Joint Warfare establishment at Old Sarum, England, July 1967 and was appointed Staff Officer 2 in the Special Warfare Section of the Directorate of Land Operational Readiness in Ottawa in August 1969. He was posted to Calgary as Senior Staff Officer, Southern Alberta Militia District in March 1973. He retired from the Military July 1975. Following his military career Rod was manager of the Officer's Mess at Mewata Armouries, Calgary, Alberta until 1987 and Acting Director, Museum of the Regiments, May 2000-September 2000. He was active in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association and served as National President from 1985 to 1989. He was the Chairman of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Heritage Committee from 1999-2001 and still served on that Committee in 2002. Rod was directly involved in the planning and organization of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 75th Anniversary celebrations in Calgary, 1989, and the Regimental History Book Project, 1999-2001. Rod worked as a volunteer at the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives beginning in 1988 and was involved in the planning and design of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum Gallery. He completed the first draft of the inventory of the papers of Brig. A. Hamilton Gault in 2004. He married Laurine Strabel of Edmonton in 1952, and they had four children, Geoffrey, Kelly, Gary, and Janice. He died in Calgary on March 28, 2007.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. 2nd Battalion

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  • Corporate body
  • 1950-

A unit of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) named the 2nd Battalion was formed in June 1945 for purposes of recruiting and training for warfare in the Pacific Theatre. It disbanded after the conclusion of the war in October 1945. The 2nd Battalion (known as 2PPCLI, 2 PPCLI, 2VP, or 2 VP) was formed again in August 1950 as part of the Canadian Army Special Force raised by Canada to serve under the banner of the United Nations in the war against North Korea. Recruiting and training began at various training centres across the country and in November 1950 2PPCLI moved to Fort Lewis, a large US Army training base in northwestern Washington State. On November 25, 1950 the Battalion sailed for Korea aboard the USS Private Joe P. Martinez arriving in Pusan, Korea on 18 December. On 17 February 1951 the Battalion faced the enemy for the first time and was awarded the United States Presidential Unit Citation for their stand against the Chinese Army at KapYong 24-25 April 1951. The Battalion spent a year in Korea before returning to Canada in November 1951. Following the Korean War 2PPCLI was retained on strength and for the next two years it took on the airborne role while the 1st Battalion rotated into Korea. The 2nd Battalion saw service in Germany in 1953-1955, 1966-1970 and 1984-1988. 2PPCLI served 6 month peacekeeping tours in Cyprus in 1972-1973, 1976, 1982-1983 and 1990 and in the Balkans in 1993, 1997, 2000-2001 and 2003. In 2002 it received the Commander In Chief Unit Commendation from Governor General Clarkson for courage under fire in the Medak Pocket, Croatia in 1993. Headquartered at Kapyong Barracks in Winnipeg, in 2004 it relocated to Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Manitoba. During the Afghanistan War, units of the battalion were deployed in 2002, 2006-2007, 2008, and 2011.

Hradec, Tom

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  • Person
  • 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.

Lock, W. A.

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  • Person
  • 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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  • Person
  • 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.

Wieringa (family)

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  • Family
  • fl. 1945-2002

Henk Wieringa, his brother Theo Wieringa, and sister Jet Slagter-Wierenga were residents of the town of Bloemendaal, North Holland, Netherlands. In 1995 they contributed illustrations and articles to publications celebrating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the town from the German occupation.

Gregory, William Ferguson

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  • Person
  • 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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  • Person
  • 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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  • Person
  • 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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  • Person
  • 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.

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