To Honour Canada's Military


Canadian Army CA (Canadian Army)
Motto: We Stand on Guard for Thee

The First Canadian Army was a field army and the senior formation of the Canadian Army that served on the Western Front from July 1944 until May 1945 during the Second World War. The First Canadian Army was formed in early 1942, replacing the existing unnumbered Canadian Corps, as the growing number of Canadian forces in the United Kingdom necessitated an expansion to two corps. By the end of 1943 Canadian formations in the United Kingdom consisted of three infantry divisions, two armoured divisions, and two independent armoured brigades. The first commander was Lieutenant-General A.G.L. "Andy" McNaughton, who was replaced in 1944 by General H. D. G. "Harry" Crerar. Both had been senior artillery officers in the Canadian Corps in the Great War. Allied formations of other nationalities were added to the First Canadian Army to keep it at full strength
United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)


Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
The Royal Canadian Regiment The Royal Canadian Regiment
Motto: Pro Patria (For Country)

The RCR was originally authorized as the Infantry School Corps on 21 December 1883, and established its first three company stations at Fredericton, New Brunswick; St Jean, Quebec; and Toronto, Ontario. In 1887 a fourth Company was authorized and the next year was established at London, Ontario. Now consisting of three Regular Force battalions and one Reserve Force battalion, the regiment's four battalions are now stationed in Ontario and New Brunswick. With many of its soldiers drawn from Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces in recent decades, the regiment maintains a general connection as the "local" infantry regiment for eastern Canada. The RCR maintains a Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) in Petawawa, Ontario, which has no operational command role but handles regimental affairs outside the responsibility of the individual Battalions. The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum is located within historic Wolseley Hall in London, Ontario. Wolseley Barracks in London has been continuously occupied by some element of the regiment since construction of Wolseley Hall was completed in 1888. At various times Wolseley Barracks has been the home of the Regimental Headquarters, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, and remains the home of the 4th Battalion today.

Battle Honours
South African War

Paardeberg * South Africa, 1899–1900

Great War

Ypres, 1915, '17 * Gravenstafel * St. Julien * Festubert, 1915 * Mount Sorrel * Somme, 1916 * Pozières * Flers–Courcelette * Ancre Heights * Arras, 1917, '18 * Vimy, 1917 * Arleux * Scarpe, 1917, '18 * Hill 70 * Passchendaele * Amiens * Drocourt–Quéant * Hindenburg Line * Canal du Nord * Cambrai, 1918 * Pursuit to Mons * France and Flanders, 1915–18

Second World War

Landing in Sicily * Valguarnera * Agira * Adrano * Regalbuto * Sicily, 1943 * Landing at Reggio * Motta Montecorvino * Campobasso * Torella * San Leonardo * The Gully * Ortona * Cassino II * Gustav Line * Liri Valley * Hitler Line * Gothic Line * Lamone Crossing * Misano Ridge * Rimini Line * San Martino–San Lorenzo * Pisciatello * Fosso Vecchio * Italy, 1943–1945 * Apeldoorn * North-West Europe, 1945

Korea, 1951–1953

Afghanistan
Pte Strachan William Leslie
Rank: Private
Service Number: K800311
Born: Sep 14, 1929 Verden, British Columbia
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Service Details :

United Nations Service Medal Korea
The medal was earned for serving one day under United Nations' command in Korea or adjacent areas, including Japan and Okinawa. The medal could also be awarded for an aggregate of thirty days, which need not have been consecutive, spent on official visits of inspection to the qualifying area. The qualifying period was 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954 (one year longer than for the Canadian Korean War Medal).
Canadian Korea Medal
Awarded to Canadian military personnel for one day on the strength of an army unit in Korea; or 28 days afloat; or one sortie over Korea by a member of the RCAF , 02 July 1950 - 27 July 1953.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea
A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible to be awarded the medal where the member: 1. was in the Canadian armed forces during all or part of the period from 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954: 2. was in the qualifying area (defined as Korea and the adjacent areas, including Japan, Okinawa and Korean waters); and 3. during the period referred to in (a), 1. was on the strength of an army unit or formation in Korea for at least one day; 2. was on active service for at least 28 days on a ship or craft engaged in operations in the qualifying area; 3. flew one sortie over Korea or over Korean waters in the Yellow Sea or Sea of Japan, or: 4. accumulated at least 28 days service in the qualifying area.The medal may be awarded posthumously. There is no bar to this medal.

Service Notes: May 30, 1951-The Royal Canadian Regiment saw heavy action in fighting near the village of Chail-li during the Korean War #FactFriday In the late spring of 1951, the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment was on the front lines during the Korean War. The Canadians were tasked with taking a strategically-located hill and the nearby village of Chail-li. The operation began early in the morning of May 30 in a driving rainstorm. It would be stiff fighting against an enemy that had strong defensive positions and sadly six of our men were killed.
Enlisted: August 22, 1950 Vancouver, British Columbia
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: May 30, 1951 at South Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Marker: 20.4.1161
Obituary: Son of William and Wilhelmina Strachan of Kelowna, British Columbia. Brother of Edwin John, George Gordon, Margaret Alexina, Edna Isobel, Jessie Elizabeth and Shirley Anne.
 
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United Nations Service Medal Korea
Canadian Korea Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea

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Newly dedicated Cenotaph In Kelowna City Park
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This War Memorial is dedicated in memory of Manitobans who lost their lives during the Korean War.
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Memorial plaques for Private William Leslie Strachan, Private Charles Lorne Stowe, Private William Albert Stone and Lieutenant Frank Sidney Stilwell on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
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Grave Marker, UN Cemetery, Busan, Korea