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 Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Second World War

Three platoons took part on the raid on Dieppe on 19 August 1942. On 6 July 1944, the battalion landed in France as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, and it continued to fight in North West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 30 November 1945.

The 1st Battalion suffered more casualties than any other Canadian infantry battalion in Northwest Europe. Disaster seemed to follow the unit;
On the voyage to France on the day of the Dieppe Raid, casualties were suffered by the unit during a grenade priming accident onboard their ship, the HMS Duke of Wellington.
During the Battle of Verrières Ridge on July 25, 1944, 325 men left the start line and only 15 made it back to friendly lines, the others being killed or wounded by well entrenched Waffen SS soldiers and tanks.
On 13 October 1944 - known as Black Friday by the Black Watch - the regiment put in an assault near Hoogerheide during the Battle of the Scheldt in which all four company commanders were killed, and one company of 90 men was reduced to just four survivors.

Post-Second World War

On 4 May 1951, the regiment mobilized two temporary Active Force companies designated, "E" and "F" Companies. "E" Company was reduced to nil strength upon its personnel being incorporated into the 1st Canadian Highland Battalion for service in Germany with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It was disbanded on 29 July 1953. "F" Company was initially used as a replacement pool for "E" Company. On 15 May 1952, it was reduced to nil strength, upon its personnel being absorbed by the 2nd Canadian Highland Battalion for service in Korea with the United Nations. "F" Company was disbanded on 29 July 1953. The 1st Canadian Highland Battalion originated in Valcartier, Quebec on 4 May 1951. On 16 October 1953, it was redesignated the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
The 2nd Battalion served on NATO duty in West Germany from 1962 to 1965. Several members of the Regiment served on operations in Afghanistan.

Battle Honours
The Second World War

BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE * Faubourg de Vaucelles * Verrières Ridge–Tilly-la-Campagne * FALAISE * Clair Tizon * Forêt de la Londe * Dunkirk, 1944 * Antwerp–Turnhout Canal * THE SCHELDT * Woensdrecht * South Beveland * Walcheren Causeway * THE RHINELAND * The Hochwald * Xanten * THE RHINE * Groningen * Oldenburg * NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944–1945

War in Afghanistan


Cpl Perkin Vernon John
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: SK-13997
Born: Feb 05, 1928 London, Ontario
Region: London and Area
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping , Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Korea Service Badge Korea Service Badge
1950 - 1953
Korean War veterans who served with the Canadian forces or associated support groups between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954 are eligible for the badge. The immediate family of a deceased veteran may also apply for the badge.
Dag Hammarskjöld Dag Hammarskjöld
The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in September 1961.
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.
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.
International Commission for Supervision and Control Indo-China (ICSC)
The ICSC Cambodia monitored the Geneva Accords and helped the Khmer resistance forces disband and return home and the Viet Minh to leave the country. Much of the work was done from 1954 to 1955 and Canada had only token representation after 1958. The commission withdrew completely in 1969.

Service Notes: Corporal Perkin was one of two Canadian servicemen aboard an ICSC (International Commission for Supervision and Control) aircraft Boeing Stratoliner when it was shot down over Laos. The downed aircraft was not found, so no remains were recovered from the crash site.
Enlisted: March 13, 1952 Vancouver, British Columbia
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: October 18, 1965 at Laos
Cemetery *Grave Location Unknown* ,
Obituary: Son of Albert and Edna (née Tetreau) Perkin of London, Ontario. Husband of Mrs. Barbara (née Asham) Perkin of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Father of Carol Leslie, Jacqueline Robin, Janet Ann, Clayton Gilbert and Albert Boyd Perkin. Half brother of Diane.
The medals and information on this page have not been verified by Family, Friends or historical document. To help us make this page more accurate and complete please email to request any changes or to help us verify any medals or commendations.
Cpl Vernon John Perkin on other official websites
Canadian Virtual
War Memorial
Find A Grave

Researched By: Sean Wilson

Cpl Vernon John Perkin
Printable Version
Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

United Nations Service Medal Korea
Canadian Korea Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
International Commission for Supervision and Control Indo-China (ICSC)

Page 126 from 7th
Book of Remembrance

(Click to Enlarge)

Clicking Thumbnail will enlarge image