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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.

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South African War

Paardeberg * South Africa, 1899–1900

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Second World War

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Korea, 1951–1953

Pte Ward Stanley (Buddy) Arthur
Rank: Private
Service Number: SF6244
Born: Jul 09, 1932 Sackville, New Brunswick
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Event: Battle for Hill 355 (1952)
Service Details :
From a letter to the family: On the 23rd of October B Company was subjected to an enemy attack preceded by a vicious concentration of artillery and mortar fire. The position was overrun and D Company, of which your grandson was a member, counter attacked and recaptured the position. It was during this counter attack that a shell landed near Stanley. He died instantly and did not suffer. His body was carried by his comrades to the Regimental Aid Post where Major Jaffey, the Medical Officer, examined him.
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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: In August, 1952, three Canadian Regiments; (R22eR, RCR and PPCLI) lay in a battle line between the Korean villages of Paujol-gol and Kojanharisaemal. The R22eR were on the left, PPCLI on the right, while the RCR was positioned on Hill 355 (known as "little Gibraltar") in the centre. Throughout September, enemy action had increased with heavy fighting along the American lines to the east of the Canadian position. Enemy shelling during the first of October had disastrous affects on "A Company" such that "D Company" (of which Stanley Ward was attached) was sent in to relieve them. As noted above, Robert Turner was a close friend of Buddy's and they witnessed much of the same action. His recollections emphasize the horrors of war that many of the men endured. The following are two excerpts from Turner's book: "When your name is called for patrol the fear increases; you feel naked and unprotected in the valley away from the trenches." (Robert Turner, 2005) and "Before you’re at the front long, you see buddies getting killed or wounded. The longer you remain in the line the harder it becomes. You carry the fear with you every day as your tour of duty gets longer the fear becomes stronger." (Turner, 2005)
Enlisted: December 11, 1951 Sackville, New Brunswick
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Deceased: October 23, 1952 at Hill 355, South Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Marker: 21.8.1350
Obituary: Son of Wallis and Stella Ward of Moncton, New Brunswick.Brother of Charles and half-brothers Ronald and Austin who was killed in 1942 of a Motor Vehicle Accident. Brother also of sisters Ruth and Faye and half-sisters Robema and Patsy.
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Stanley Arthur "Buddy" Ward RCR (b: 7 July 1932 - d: 23 Oct., 1952). Killed in action, Korea.
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Photo of Stanley Ward – Jesse R. MacKinnon (b. 1919) standing with Stanley Arthur "Buddy" Ward (b: 7 July 1932 - d: 23 October 1952 - killed in action, Korea). Photo taken at the "Deep Hole", a swimming hole under the Canadian National Railway line on the Frosty Hollow Brook, Sackville, New Brunswick; near Stanley's home.
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Grave Marker, UN Cemetery, Busan, Korea, 2013
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SF 6244, PTE S. A. Ward, 1 RCR, 23.10.52 – UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN), South Korea.