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
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.
British Columbia Dragoons, R.C.A.C. British Columbia Dragoons, R.C.A.C.
Motto: Always First

The regiment was designated the 5th Motorcycle Regiment (BCD), and later an armoured car unit. Finally made into an armoured regiment, the 9th Armoured Regiment (BCD), they were deployed to Italy as part of the 2nd Armoured Brigade, 5th Canadian (Armoured) Division. The regiment saw heavy action in the Liri Valley, were the first unit to break through the Gustav Line in Italy, 1944, and helped smash the Gothic Line, holding Point 204 right in the centre of the line. Part of the "Spaghetti League", a term used by soldiers fighting in Italy after D-Day, they continued to fight until orders were given to move the regiment to the northwest Europe area. They served with distinction until the end of the war, at which point the regiment was demobilized and returned to Militia service.

Battle Honours
Liri Valley * Melfa Crossing * Gothic Line * Pozzo Alto Ridge * Lamone Crossing * Naviglio Canal * Fosso Munio * Conventello–Comacchio * Italy, 1944–1945 * IJsselmeer * Delfzijl Pocket * North-West Europe, 1945

BGen Angle DSO Harry Herbert
Rank: Brigadier General BGen
Service Number: N/A
Born: Mar 31, 1906 Heytgsbury, England
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping , World War 2
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: British Columbia Dragoons, R.C.A.C.
Other Commendations: Efficiency Decoration
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.
Mention In Dispatches Mention In Dispatches
A member of the armed forces mentioned in dispatches (or despatches, MiD) is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which is described his or her gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy.

In a number of countries, a servicemember's name must be mentioned in dispatches as a condition for receiving certain decorations.
Service Details :
British Columbia Dragoons - twice commanded the Regiment during WW II - killed while with the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

Distinguished Service Order
The order was established for rewarding individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. This is a military order for officers only, and while normally given for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy, it was awarded between 1914 and 1916 under circumstances which could not be regarded as under fire. After 01 January 1917, commanders in the field were instructed to recommend this award only for those serving under fire. Prior to 1943, the order could be given only to someone Mentioned-in-Dispatches. The order is generally given to officers in command, above the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and awards to ranks below this are usually for a high degree of gallantry just short of deserving the Victoria Cross.
1939-45 Star
The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
Italy Star
The star was awarded for one day operational service in Sicily or Italy between 11 June 1943 and 08 May 1945.
France And Germany Star
The Star was awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 06 June 1944 (D-Day) and 08 May 1945.
Defence Medal
Although the medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945, the exact terms were: Service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, providing such service lasted for three or more years. Service overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months prior to 02 September 1945. Under the terms of this last condition, Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. The qualifying period in mine and bomb disposal was three months. Canadians serving in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified for this medal. Those awarded the GC or GM for civil defence received this medal. Home Guard and others in Britain qualified for this 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 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 Military Observer Group in India & Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
The mission was established in January 1948 to supervise the cease-fire between India and Pakistan, in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Awarded for 6 months consecutive service between 20 January 1949 to the present (Canadian participation ended 20 January 1979.

Service Notes: When World War II came Harry shifted to active service and moved through a series of postings and ranks. Eventually, as Lieutenant-Colonel, Angle commanded the B.C. Dragoons (which had been mobilized for active service in 1941 and converted to an armoured regiment) in the Italian campaign in 1944 and in the Netherlands in 1945. In January of 1949 when he was summoned back to active military duty to serve on the United Nations Commission as Military Observer in connection with the India-Pakistan ceasefire in Kashmir. In 1950 he was appointed Chief Military Advisor to the United Nations, with the rank of Brigadier. He died on July 17, 1950, when his flight from New Delhi to Srinager in Kashmir crashed in the mountains. Angle was the first Canadian serviceman to die during peacekeeping duties.
Enlisted: October 21, 1939 Prince George, British Columbia
Pre/Post War: Henry Herbert 'Harry' Angle (1906-1950) was born in London. He came out to the area in 1922 on the advice of his brother Syd, who was doing missionary work. From 1922 to 1927 the Angle brothers operated the Bear Creek Ranch. In 1928 Harry Angle married Margaret 'Peggy' Mitchell (1906-1994), who had been born at Okanagan Mission. They bought the Renfrew property in 1934. The orchard was mostly apples, but included cherries, plums, and pears, and some livestock. Harry Angle was a driving force in the Okanagan Mission Riding Club and a keen member of the 'Drag Hounds', based in Vernon. In 1932 he enlisted in the militia, in the British Columbia Dragoons, then a cavalry unit. He rose through the militia structure, attaining the rank of Captain by 1938. On his return to Canada in January 1946, Lt.-Col. Angle paraded the demobilized BCDs through the streets of Kelowna and the unit reverted to reserve status.Angle was recognized in 1946 by the City of Kelowna with the 'Freedom of the City', an honour that has been bestowed on only fourteen individuals over the years. In 1947 he was appointed Police Court and Stipendary Magistrate for Kelowna and District.

Deceased: July 17, 1950 at Pathankot, India
Cemetery YORK ROAD Cemetery New Delhi, India
Obituary: Husband of Margaret Gladys (nee Nelson) Angle of Kelowna, British Columbia.
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Medals and Commendations
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Distinguished Service Order
1939-45 Star
Italy Star
France And Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
UN Military Observer Group in India & Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

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