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Schjelderup, Vilhelm Roger and Ida

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  • Family
  • 1921-

Vilhelm Roger Schjelderup was born to Norwegian parents in Smithers, British Columbia in September 1921 and grew up in Courtenay, British Columbia. He was commissioned into the Canadian Army in 1941 and following training was posted to Second Battalion, The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's). He was wounded in France shortly after the Normandy landings in June 1944 and received the Military Cross. Promoted to Captain he rejoined his Regiment a month later and was wounded again and taken prisoner at the Scheldt Estuary. Leading a group of five POWs he escaped from Germany to Holland and worked with the Dutch Resistance for four months. He eventually reached Allied lines in February 1945. He received a bar to his Military Cross for his work with the Dutch Resistance and the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry during operations on the Leopold Canal. Upon his return to Canada he served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Company Commander at Camp Shilo in 1946. He did not serve in Korea but instead attended the Royal Military College of Science in England from October 1949 to October 1951 and then went on to Military Staff College from 1951 to November 1954. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1954 he established the Joint Atomic, Bacteriological and Chemical Defensive School of Warfare at Camp Borden and served as its first Commanding Officer. In 1957 he qualified as a parachutist before taking command of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry from 12 August 1957 until 10 May 1960. Promoted to Colonel in 1962, Schjelderup again held a variety of staff appointments in the 1960s and 1970's including postings to Manitoba Area Headquarters, Ghana, Canadian Forces Headquarters, 1 Combat Group, Command of CFB, Calgary and as part of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (London) in 1973. He passed away 29 September 1974. Colonel Schjeldrup was married to Ida Hundevad in 1949 or 1950. Schjelderup Lake near Courtenay, BC is named after him. After Roger's death, Ida Schjelderup lived in the village of Herstmonceux, East Sussex, England. She was a personal friend of Hamilton and Dorothy Gault, Lady Patricia Ramsay (Princess Patricia), and Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Lady Patricia Brabourne). She was an active member of the United Kingdom Branch of the PPCLI Association.

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.

Currie, George Selkirk

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  • Person
  • 1889-1975

George Selkirk Currie was born in 1889 in Glencoe, Ontario. He graduated from McGill University in 1911 and joined his cousin George C. McDonald in an accounting practice. McDonald, Currie & Co. became a multi-branch firm; in 1973 it was renamed Coopers & Lybrand Canada and in 1998 it amalgamated into PricewaterhouseCoopers. At the onset of the First World War the cousins enlisted in the 2nd University Company as Lieutenants and they joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) on October 17, 1915. Currie was seconded to the 7th Brigade Machine Gun Company and later to the 2nd and 4th Divisional Headquarters. He was awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order and was twice Mentioned in Despatches. He had attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel by the end of the war. In the 1930s he was an Alderman of the City of Westmount, Quebec. During the Second World War he served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of National Defence (1940-1942) and Deputy Minister of National Defence (1942-1944). In 1944 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. In 1952 he was commissioned to write a report on the Canadian Army works services with special reference to irregularities uncovered at Camp Petawawa. In 1957 he became president of Bowater Corporation of North America, a major Canadian pulp and paper manufacturer. He was married to Louise Currie and they had at least two children, Frances and George N.M. He died in 1975.

Dougall, Thomas

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  • Person
  • 1923-2000

H 8167 Thomas MacKenzie Dougall was born 19 February 1923 at St. Boniface, Manitoba. He earned B.A. and LL.B. degrees at the University of Manitoba. He joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the field as a Lieutenant on 26 May 1944. He fought with the Regiment in Italy but was struck off strength from 25 December 1944 until 1 April 1945. He then served with the PPCLI in Holland until being struck off strength again on 22 June 1945, this time to the 4th Royal Winnipeg Regiment. After completing his Law degree, he worked in Calgary, Alberta for Chevron Canada as manager of its Land Department. He was married to Doris Dougall, and they had two children, Susan (Bulmer) and Tom Jr. Tom was a volunteer at the PPCLI Regimental Museum from 1990 until he passed away on 10 June 2000 at the age of 77.

McKay, Sydney L.

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  • Person
  • 1921-2011

H 16083 Sydney Laurie McKay was born 25 September 1921 at Tufts Cove, near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He eventually migrated to Winnipeg. He worked for Canadian Northern Telephones and Canadian Marconi Co. prior to joining the the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Private 9 September 1939 at Winnipeg. He sailed with the Regiment to England aboard the SS Orama 17 December 1939 and landed at Greenock, Scotland 29 December 1939. He then proceeded by train to Morval Barracks, Aldershot, England. After spending three and a half years training with the Regiment in England he was promoted to Corporal and left England for Sicily 29 June 1943. While serving in Sicily and Italy he was promoted to Acting Sergeant just prior to being wounded 17 September 1944 in the Rimini area. He was struck off strength due to his wounds and was evacuated to the 14th C.G. Hospital at Naples and then to the 19th C.G. Hospital in Birmingham, England. He returned to Canada 12 January 1945 and continued to work for Canadian Marconi Co. for the next 39 years, retiring in 1984. He was a founding member of the Winnipeg Branch of the PPCLI Association. He married Helen Rudnick. He died on August 3, 2011.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. 3rd Battalion

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  • Corporate body
  • 1950-

The 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, also known as 3PPCLI, 3 PPCLI, 3VP, and 3 VP, was formed 30 November 1950 as part of the Special Force raised for active service in Korea. The Battalion trained in Wainwright, Camp Borden and Ipperwash, Ontario. It provided reinforcements for both the 1st and 2nd Battalions during their tours in Korea before relieving the 1st Battalion in Korea 11 November 1952. The Battalion fought on "The Hook" and Hill 355 "Little Gibraltar" until ceasefire was read 27 July 1953. The Battalion then moved to Naenjong in the Demilitarized Zone and manned check points there until relieved by the Black Watch in October 1953. The 3rd Battalion was reduced to nil strength on January 8, 1954. It was reformed in April 1970 supplemented by members of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, many of whom rebadged with the Princess Patricia's after their regiment was reduced to one reserve battalion. The 3rd Battalion was presented Colours on 20 November 1971 by the Governor General of Canada and new Colours on March 9, 1993 by the Colonel-In-Chief, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma. The new Colours were presented in Pacrac, Croatia, the first time that a Canadian Unit was presented with consecrated Colours in an operational theatre during hostilities. The 3rd Battalion was stationed at Work Point Barracks, Esquimalt, British Columbia until 1994 when it moved to Chilliwack, British Columbia, then Griesbach Barracks, Edmonton and then finally to Edmonton Garrison (Namao) in 1997. It served 6 month Peacekeeping tours in Cyprus in 1970-1971, 1975-1976, 1980 and 1988 and in Croatia in 1992-1993. As part of NATO, A and B Companies served in Bosnia between January 1997 and January 1998 and on the United Nations Security Force (SFOR) between February and September 2000. As part of the Afghanistan War, members of the 3rd Battalion served in battle groups in Kandahar and Helmand provinces and in the city of Kabul from 2002 until 2014.

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.

Gullion, Scott

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  • Person
  • fl. 1986-1995

A12 461 129 Scott Gullion joined the Loyal Edmonton Regiment 2 July 1986 and served with the Third Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Croatia on ROTO 1 + 4, Operation Harmony in 1992/1993. He was on the Dz, Lz, E2 Course at Wainwright in July 1993 and was released from service 4 July 1995.

Watson, Brent

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  • Person
  • fl. 1951

Brent Wilson was the author of an article, "Recipe for victory : the fight for Hill 677 during the Battle of the Kap'yong River, 24-25 April 1951".

Smith, Mike

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  • Person
  • fl. 2005

Mike Smith was featured in a video production, "Fall out : the Canadian Airborne Regiment"

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