Allan, James C.

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Allan, James C.

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James C. Allan enlisted in the Calgary Highlanders in 1939, where he received his commission and went overseas in 1940. Assigned to the Seaforth Highlanders in 1943 he was wounded in Italy. After hospitalization in England, he returned to Canada in December 1944 and took up various administrative posts in Western Canada. He was second-in-command of the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the winter of 1951/52. After holding various staff appointments in Canada he was a member of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington, DC. Following this he was with the Military Component of the Canadian Delegation to Indo China and was Commanding Officer of the First Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry from 29 June 1959 to 11 April 1961. Promoted to Colonel in July 1962 he became the Commandant of the Royal Canadian School of Infantry and later Director of Infantry. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, a Member of the British Empire Medal and the Canadian Decoration. He retired to Victoria, BC in December 1964.


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