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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 Dragoons, R.C.A.C. The Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C.

Embarked for Britain on 13 November 1941, landed in Sicily on 8 November 1943 and in Italy on 5 January 1944. There it fought as 1st Canadian Corps troops and eventually as a part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. Due to the mountainous terrain of Italy, the regiment fought much of its time there in a dismounted role as infantry. In March 1945 the regiment moved with the 1st Canadian Corps to North-West Europe as part of OPERATION GOLDFLAKE where it fought until the end of the war. The overseas regiment disbanded on 1 March 1946.

D Squadron, equipped with M4A3E8 Sherman tanks, served in Korea following the armistice in 1954 and 1955. Lieut Frank Sidney Stilwell died while deployed to Korea on 25 January 1954.

The Royal Canadian Dragoons, along with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), contributed troops to 56 Reconnaissance Squadron for duty with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) from March 1957 to January 1959, equipped with Ferret scout cars. The Officer Commanding, Maj. R. Barry Tackaberry, the Second-in-Command, Capt. J.A. Beament, the 2nd Troop Leader, Lt J.G.H. Ferguson, and the 4th Troop Leader, Lt J.B. Long, as well as half of the NCOs and soldiers, were Dragoons. Other squadrons of the regiment served there and in Cyprus. Two members of 56 Recce Squadron died: Lt Charles C. Van Straubenzee on 10 May 1957 and Tpr George E. McDavid on 29 November 1957. The regiment contributed several other recce squadrons to UNEF until its demise in 1967.

Battle Honours
Liri Valley * Gothic Line * Lamone Crossing * Misano Ridge * Sant'Angelo in Salute * Fosso Vecchio * Italy, 1944–1945 * Groningen * Bad Zwischenahn * North-West Europe, 1945
Lt Stilwell Frank Sidney
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number: ZD3896
Born: Nov 20, 1924 Brownburg, Québec
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Korea , World War 2
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C.
General Service General Service Badge WW2
Awarded to members of the Navy, Army or Air Forces of Canada who have declared their willingness, or who have engaged to serve in any of the said forces on active service during the Second World War.
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 Volunteer Service Medal
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
War Medal (1939-45)
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939 and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.
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.

Service Notes:
Enlisted: October 1, 1950 Montreal, Québec
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Deceased: January 25, 1954 at South Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Marker: 38. 4. 3213
Obituary: Son of Sydney Stitwell. Predeceased by his mother. Husband of Mary Lynn Stitwell of Montreal, Quebec. Brother of Victor, Doris, Estelle, Patsy, Evelyn and Elaine.
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United Nations Service Medal Korea
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)
Canadian Korea Medal

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Bronze Plaque Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, ON. Photo courtesy of Thomas L. Skelding