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Ernest A. Thompson fonds
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- Thompson, Ernest A.
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TK109745 Ernest A. Thompson was a Private with the Rocky Mountain Rangers from 1937 to 1940 when he was attached to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for instructor training June 1940. After Junior Non Commissioned Officer and Paratroop training in England he was attached to the 49th Edmonton Regiment #3 Assault Commando Group and participated in Operation Gauntlet. He was reassigned to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in April 1942 as an Instructor and Section leader. In October 1942 he was assigned to the British Army on the CANLOAN program and in North Africa to the 2nd London Irish Rifles. He again rejoined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in England in April 1943 and proceeded with them to Sicily. Fought with the Regiment in Sicily and Italy July 1943 to February 1944. Received a commission to Lieutenant and returned to England to train with the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Served with the Fort Garry Horse for Operation Overlord. With Lord Strathcona's Horse and Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) in Korea as a Captain August 1950 to November 1951. Served with RCEME at Camp Vernon, January 1952 to June 1956. Struck Off Strength to Supplementary Reserve June 1956. He passed away 12 January 1997.
The records were in the possession of Mrs. Lois Thompson, wife of Ernie Thompson. Mr. Jim Lang deposited the records with the Regimental Archives.
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The fonds contains photographs of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Honour Guard for Private M. Menzoski, Colour Parties in 1934 and 1940, and C Company, 1942. Also included are photographs of Cadets in Esquimalt, 1932, the Captain's Qualifying Course, 1953, and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association plaque.
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Gift of Mrs Lois Thompson, 1998.
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Record No. 98.55
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