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Welsh, Frederick S.

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  • 1893-1970

707059 Frederick Sylvian Welsh was born in Dublin, Ireland on 14 August 1893. His surname was often misspelled as Welch. He was living in Victoria, BC when he joined the 103rd Battalion on 6 March 1916. He was transferred to the 29th Battalion and served as a stretcher bearer. He was gassed three times, and was awarded to Military Medal with bar for caring for the wounded while under fire. In 1933, assisted by his mother Florence and wife Lucy, he opened a small cafe known as Welsh's Hamburgers on Esquimalt Road. It was a popular hangout for members of B Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and other units stationed at the nearby Work Point Barracks. When the Second World War broke out, Welsh volunteered for service with the PPCLI but was rejected because of the effects of the gas attacks on his health. He sent gifts of tobacco to the troops overseas and corresponded with them. His mailing address was simply "Welsh's Hamburger Joint, opposite Half Way House, Esquimalt Road, Victoria, B.C." He displayed the correspondence in scrapbooks and on bulletin boards in the hamburger stand. He closed the business in 1947. He became an active member of the Victoria Branch of the PPCLI Association. He died in Victoria on 26 January, 1970.

Shawcross, C.S.

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  • d. 1987

P22278 C.S. "Stafford" Shawcross joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1937 or 1938 and trained in Winnipeg and Shilo, Manitoba. He was a Bandsman and attained the rank of Sergeant, but left the regiment in November 1939 to attend military college in Victoria, B.C. He was a Lieutenant and later a Major with the Third Battalion PPCLI in Korea in 1952-1953. He died in October 1987 in Victoria.

Young, James Harris

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  • 1897-1968

145762 James Harris Young was born in Whitney, Ontario on 10 November 1897. He was working as a bookkeeper in Renfrew, Ontario when he enlisted in the 77th Battalion on January 7, 1916. He was transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the field on March 18, 1918. He was wounded on August 12, 1918 during the battle of Amiens. He was awarded the Military Medal with clasp for participating in a small party of soldiers who captured enemy machine gunners and their weapons during the battle of Canal du Nord in September 1918. He apparently lived in the Ottawa Valley after the war and died in Ottawa on August 17, 1968.

Green, Joseph E.M.

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  • fl. 2002-2004

Joseph E.M. Green of Edmonton, Alberta, felt moved by the "friendly fire incident" of April 17, 2002, in which four Canadian soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan. He compiled and produced a book of condolences, "April 17th: in the name of Canada: in memory of the Canadians killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire, 17 April, 2002".

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.

Gault, Leslie Henderson

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  • 1927-2014

Leslie Henderson Gault, 1927-2014, was a first cousin once removed of Andrew Hamilton Gault, the founder of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), although he referred to Hamilton Gault as his uncle. He lived and worked in Montreal and in Calgary as a real estate developer. In 1986 he approached PPCLI with the idea of erecting a statue of Hamilton Gault in Ottawa, a project that was realized in 1992. He contributed to historical research on Hamilton Gault and on the Gault family. He was married twice, to the former Judith McDougall, and to the former Carol Mary Lascelles Carr, and had three sons, Nicholas, Alexander, and Sebastian.

Turnbull, T.J.

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  • 1871-1954

Tom James Turnbull was born in July 1871 in Hartlepool, Durham, England. In 1894 he enlisted in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He served in the South African War, and was wounded at the battle of Paardeberg. In 1904, as a Sergeant, he transferred to the Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers, and saw service in Cairo, Egypt. He was promoted to Drum Major and to Regimental Sergeant-Major. In 1920 he emigrated to Canada and was appointed Regimental Sergeant-Major of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Winnipeg. He retired in 1934, intending to settle in his childhood home of Tunbridge Wells, England, but instead returned to Winnipeg in 1935. In 1900 he married Mary Norris Hamilton, and they had 7 children, Mary Margaret "Molly", Jeannie Hamilton, Tom James, Alice Hamilton, Dorothy Rowell, Mabel, and Robert. He died in Winnipeg in 1954.

Hayward, James G.

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  • [ca. 1937]-

SH206083 James G. "Jim" Hayward completed his basic training with the Flers-Courcelette Platoon at Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Depot in March 1956. He was taken on strength by the 2nd Battalion of PPCLI. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in April 1980 as a Warrant Officer stationed with the Regular Support Staff in Regina, Saskatchewan. With his wife Mona, he became active in the Saskatchewan Branch of the PPCLI Association. In 2017 he was still living in Regina.

Copp, Ernest Charles

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  • fl. 1949-2009

Ernest Charles Copp joined the Canadian Army ca. 1949. He trained at Camp Borden, Ontario. He joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and trained to be a paratrooper at Camp Shilo, Manitoba. At the outset of the Korean War, the original battalion of PPCLI was designated the 1st Battalion. It rotated into the war zone from November 1951 to October 1952, relieving the 2nd Battalion and preceding the 3rd Battalion. Pte Copp was in a platoon of Pioneers, a trade which specialized in building engineering works and dismantling ordnance. By tradition, they were the only Infantry soldiers permitted to grow beards. After the war, Ernie Copp was a member of the Vancouver Island Branch of the PPCLI Association and the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. He was living in Langford, BC as of 2009.

Petrie, Charles A.

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  • 1925-

Born 22 April 1925 in Edmonton Alberta, TM12658 Charles Petrie enrolled in the Canadian Army as a private 7 June 1944. He was selected for Airborne training but was remustered to the General Reinforcement corps in November 1944. After further training in England he qualified as an Infantry Signaller and was transferred to the Calgary Highlanders at Rodenkirchen, Germany in May 1945 as a clerk of Headquarters Battalion in the Occupation Force. By the end of June 1945 Private Petrie was back in England and returned to Canada shortly thereafter. He was released from the Canadian Army 2 October 1945 and returned to the University of Alberta in Edmonton. After graduating with a BSc in 1948 he worked as a calculator on seismic surveys and then as an oilfield chemist. He enrolled as an officer candidate with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and was commissioned 1 January 1950. He then enlisted with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 23 October 1950 and was posted to 2nd Battalion at Camp Wainwright, eventually becoming assigned to the 3rd Battalion, C Company, 9 Platoon 30 November 1950. In March 1951 he was transferred back to the 2nd Battalion and was assigned to 5 Platoon on the eve of the Battle of KapYong, 24 April 1951. In June he served as the Quartermaster and then as Platoon Commander 8 Platoon, C Company until the Second Battalion was relieved by the First Battalion in November 1951. He remained in Korea as Admin Logistics Officer until December 1951. Returning to Canada, he served with the 2nd Battalion as Intelligence Officer, Assistant Adjutant and Platoon Commander both in Canada and Germany until December 1956. He then spent 5 years at Headquarters, Saskatchewan Area where he was promoted to Captain and then assigned to Tactical Headquarters in Newfoundland from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 until his release from the military 24 July 1970 Captain Petrie held several staff appointments in Ottawa. Following his military service he returned to university and eventually became a teacher and silversmith. He was living in Victoria, BC in the 1990s and in England in 2014.

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