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Canadian Army CA (Canadian Army)
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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.
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Royal Canadian Armoured Corps


The Canadian Armoured Corps was authorized on 13 August 1940, and created as an administrative organization to hold reinforcements for armoured regiments in Canada and overseas. After the Second World War, the Corps comprised all armoured and reconnaissance regiments and other armoured establishments. The authority for the corps came from General Order 250/40 effective 13 August 1940. A Corps Headquarters, Canadian Armoured Corps, CASF was mobilized 13 August 1940 as well. As the role of armour was expanded dramatically during the Second World War, the former Tank regiments, which were considered Infantry units, were redesignated as armour, as were many cavalry regiments and eventually infantry regiments as well.

Battle Honours
Tpr McDavid George Edward
Rank: Trooper
Service Number: SG 12420
Born: Aug 04, 1935 Matapedia, Québec
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
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 :
56 Canadian Recce Squadron UNEF. Trooper George McDavid was killed when his Ferret struck a buried mine.
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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.
UN Emergency Force (UNEF)
Through the efforts of Canada's External Affairs Minister, Lester B. Pearson, the UN General Assembly agreed to its first peacekeeping force to secure peace in the region (previous operations had been only observer forces). Under the command of a Canadian, MGen Eedson Louis Millard BURNS, (OC) DSO OBE MC, the UNEF, on 07 November 1956, was given a mandate to secure the removal of Israeli, British and French troops from the Suez canal zone and the Gaza Strip and to maintain peace in the area. The first Canadian troops arrived in Egypt on 24 November 1956, and Egypt abruptly asked them to leave in May 1967, leading to the six-day war between Israel and Egypt. Thirty-two Canadians lost their lives serving with this force.
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 07 November 1956 to 17 June 1967.

Service Notes: Although not a shooting war, the Canadians were exposed to many dangers and the harsh desert conditions - blazing heat by day, freezing temperatures by night. It was an uneasy truce with undisciplined Egyptian and Israeli soldiers on both sides of the boundary. The peacekeepers also had to deal with nomadic Bedouin tribesmen, whom they would encounter on their patrols. There was also the manmade threat posed by unmarked mine-fields. The squadron suffered a second casualty as its year-long rotation was in its closing months.
Enlisted: July 8, 1953 Fredericton, New Brunswick
Pre/Post War:
Relatives on this site:
(Brother) L/Cpl McDavid, W - World War 2

Deceased: November 29, 1957 at Rafah, Egypt
Cemetery MOASCAR War Cemetery Ismailia, Egypt
Marker: Plot 16 Row B Grave 7
Obituary: Son of Price Edward and Doris McDavid of Matapedia, Quebec. Brother of Milton, Clifford, Alexander, Lorne, Joan, Gloria, Baden and Lance Corporal Wesley McDavid, G/22747, killed in action July 4, 1944.
 
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