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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.
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)

The Second World War

The regiment embarked for Britain on 13 November 1941 and landed in Italy on 8 November 1943, where it fought as part of the 5th Armoured Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division. On 16 February 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 was disbanded on 1 March 1946.

Korea, the UN and NATO

A, B and C Squadrons fought independently in Korea from 19 April 1951 to 27 July 1953 as part of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 1st Commonwealth Division. The Squadrons were equipped with M4A3E8 Sherman tanks. Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), along with The Royal Canadian Dragoons, contributed troops to 56 Recce Squadron for duty with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) from March 1957 to January 1959, equipped with Ferret scout cars. The Battle Captain, Capt Norman A. Shackleton, the 1st Troop Leader, Lt. CC Van Straubenzee, and the 3rd Troop Leader, Lt. F.G. Woodrow, as well as half of the NCOs and soldiers were Strathcona's. Two members of 56 Recce Squadron died: Lt. Charles C. Van Straubenzee on 10 May 1957 and Tpr. George E. McDavid on 29 Nov 1957. Other Squadrons of the regiment served there and in Cyprus. Tpr. Reginald J. Wiley died on UN duty in the Sinai on 7 September 1961. The Strathcona's last deployment to Cyprus took place from August 1988 to March 1989. The regiment served two tours of duty in Germany as part of Canada's contribution to NATO, equipped with Centurion tanks. During the 1990s, the regiment deployed to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia twice as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and once as part of NATO's Stabilization Force (SFOR),largely equipped with the AVGP Cougar armoured car.


The Strathcona's contributed several tank squadrons as well as reconnaissance personnel to the various Canadian task forces that served in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014.

Battle Honours
Second World War

Liri Valley * Melfa Crossing * Torrice Crossroads * Gothic Line * Pozzo Alto Ridge * Coriano * Lamone Crossing * Misano Ridge * Casale * Naviglio Canal * Fosso Munio * Italy, 1944–1945 * IJsselmeer * North-West Europe, 1945


Korea, 1951–1953


Lt Van Straubenzee Charles Casimir
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number: ZK-5951
Born: Jul 03, 1931 Toronto, Ontario
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Peacekeeping
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
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 :

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: Ordering the vehicle to turn around and make for the road, Van Straubenzee gripped the turret when he felt the scout car begin tipping to the side. Suddenly, the Ferret rolled completely over. The young officer had no chance. Two months after deploying, Lieut. Charles Van Straubenzee became another casualty of the fledgling United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) and the first Petawawa peacekeeper to die while on duty. UNEF's mission came to an abrupt end on May 16, 1967 when Nasser expelled all UN troops, threatening to use his Soviet-purchased tanks to do it. When the force tried to move to the Israeli side of the line to maintain a buffer, Israel refused their entry. Less than a month later, the Six Day War erupted between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
Enlisted: September 19, 1952 Vancouver, British Columbia
Pre/Post War: Van Straubenzee, a fourth generation military man, hailed from a family of leaders. His great-grandfather was on General Middleton's staff during the Northwest Rebellion, while his grandfather, Charles Van Straubenzee, commanded the Royal Canadian Dragoons during the First World War.

Deceased: May 10, 1957 at Rafah, Egypt
Cemetery MOASCAR War Cemetery Ismailia, Egypt
Obituary: Son of LCol (retired) Casimir Bowen and Gwendolyn Gertrude van Straubenzee of Enderley, British Columbia. Husband of Sheila Joanne Leslie and father of Anthony Alexander van Straubenzee of Victoria, British Columbia. Brother of John, Anthony and Michael.
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Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
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Memorial Service March 1st 2007 Conducted by Padre Maud Parsons-Horst & attended by his son Anthony van Straubenzee, his brother's Tony & Michael, sister in law Mary & LCol Richard Ryder-Burnbidge.
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