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.
The Royal Canadian Regiment The Royal Canadian Regiment
Motto: Pro Patria (For Country)

The RCR was originally authorized as the Infantry School Corps on 21 December 1883, and established its first three company stations at Fredericton, New Brunswick; St Jean, Quebec; and Toronto, Ontario. In 1887 a fourth Company was authorized and the next year was established at London, Ontario. Now consisting of three Regular Force battalions and one Reserve Force battalion, the regiment's four battalions are now stationed in Ontario and New Brunswick. With many of its soldiers drawn from Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces in recent decades, the regiment maintains a general connection as the "local" infantry regiment for eastern Canada. The RCR maintains a Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) in Petawawa, Ontario, which has no operational command role but handles regimental affairs outside the responsibility of the individual Battalions. The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum is located within historic Wolseley Hall in London, Ontario. Wolseley Barracks in London has been continuously occupied by some element of the regiment since construction of Wolseley Hall was completed in 1888. At various times Wolseley Barracks has been the home of the Regimental Headquarters, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, and remains the home of the 4th Battalion today.

Battle Honours
South African War

Paardeberg * South Africa, 1899–1900

Great War

Ypres, 1915, '17 * Gravenstafel * St. Julien * Festubert, 1915 * Mount Sorrel * Somme, 1916 * Pozières * Flers–Courcelette * Ancre Heights * Arras, 1917, '18 * Vimy, 1917 * Arleux * Scarpe, 1917, '18 * Hill 70 * Passchendaele * Amiens * Drocourt–Quéant * Hindenburg Line * Canal du Nord * Cambrai, 1918 * Pursuit to Mons * France and Flanders, 1915–18

Second World War

Landing in Sicily * Valguarnera * Agira * Adrano * Regalbuto * Sicily, 1943 * Landing at Reggio * Motta Montecorvino * Campobasso * Torella * San Leonardo * The Gully * Ortona * Cassino II * Gustav Line * Liri Valley * Hitler Line * Gothic Line * Lamone Crossing * Misano Ridge * Rimini Line * San Martino–San Lorenzo * Pisciatello * Fosso Vecchio * Italy, 1943–1945 * Apeldoorn * North-West Europe, 1945

Korea, 1951–1953

Afghanistan
Pte O'Connor Patrick William
Rank: Private
Service Number: A800440
Born: Feb 05, 1924 Sarnia, Ontario
Region: Sarnia and Area
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Korea , World War 2
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
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 :
Patrick O’Connor was fatally wounded on “Hill 466” in Korea while trying to render first aid to a wounded comrade under intense machine gun fire from Communist forces. He and another stretcher-bearer ignored danger in their desire to help the wounded of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The two men were killed almost instantaneously.

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).
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.
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).
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 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: Patrick enlisted for service in the Korean War with the Canadian Army on August 21, 1950 in London, Ontario, becoming a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment – “D” Company. Following initial training with the regiment, he was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington, before sailing for the Korean war-zone. Private Patrick O’Connor was in Korea for only one month, and was in action just five days before losing his life on May 30, 1951, less than one year after enlisting. He was the first Sarnia man to be killed in the Korean War.
Enlisted: August 21, 1950 London, Ontario
Pre/Post War:
Relatives on this site:
(Brother) WO II O'Connor, J M B - World War 2

Deceased: May 30, 1951 at South Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Obituary: Son of James Philip and Angela Loretto (nee Barry) O’Connor of Sarnia, Ontario. Husband of Vera Irene( nee Moore) O'Connor. Father of Teri Patricia and Michael Moore O'Connor. Brother of John Edward, Joseph Peter, Mary Catherine and Margaret Lorraine.
 
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

1939-45 Star
France And Germany Star
United Nations Service Medal Korea
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)
Canadian Korea Medal

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Book of Remembrance

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Pat served in the Canadian Navy in WW2, this is a picture of Pat and an unknown shipmate. Pat is sailor on the right.
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Pat and his brother Ted. Ted is on the left and he served in the Canadian Airborne in WW2. Pat is the sailor on the right.
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This is a composite picture of the three brothers who served in WW2. Ted on the left served with the Canadian Airborne. Pat is the sailor in the centre. Barry (James Michael Barry) is on the right, and he served with the RCAF in Bomber Command, 419 Squadron and was Killed in Action.
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