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
R.C.I.C (Royal Canadian Infantry Corps) R.C.I.C (Royal Canadian Infantry Corps)
Motto: We Lead

The badge of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps consists of Argent three maple leaves conjoined on one stem within an annulus Gules fimbriated and inscribed INFANTRY • INFANTERIE in letters Or, the whole ensigned by the Royal Crown proper set above a scroll Or inscribed with the Motto in letters Sable and surmounted by two rifles in saltire Or. The three maple leaves conjoined on one stem, taken from the Royal Arms of Canada, represent service to Canada, and the Crown, service to the Sovereign. The crossed rifles denote infantry and have been used in badges of infantry units as well as of the officer cadet programme. Red and white are the national colours of Canada. "INFANTRY" and "INFANTERIE" are a form of the bilingual branch title and "DUCIMUS“ is the motto of the corps.
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

AFGHANISTAN

Pte Sabean Elvin Stanley
Rank: Private
Service Number: SG-12364
Born: Feb 01, 1928 Port Lorne, Nova Scotia
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: R.C.I.C (Royal Canadian Infantry Corps)
Regiment: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
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).

Service Notes:
Enlisted: May 15, 1953 Fredericton, Nova Scotia
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: December 26, 1954 at Berwick, Nova Scotia
Cemetery BERWICK Cemetery (NOVA SCOTIA) Nova Scotia, Canada
Obituary: Son of Tarasa May and Elvin Stanley Sabean of Berwick, Nova Scotia. Brother of Mervin, Zaida, Elizabeth, Jean Thelma,Bernice Vivia, Margaret, Ruth Erlena and Mary Patricia.
 
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Memorial plaques for Private Elvin Stanley Sabean, Private Joseph Victor Fernand St-Germain, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Francis Lionel Sare and Private John Anthony Sauve on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.