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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), R.C.A.C. Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), R.C.A.C.


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.

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.

Battle Honours
Liri Valley 18–30 May 1944 * Melfa Crossing 24–25 May 1944 * Torrice Crossroads 30 May 1944 * Gothic Line 25 August–22 September 1944 * Pozzo Alto Ridge 31 August 1944 * Coriano 3–15 September 1944 * Lamone Crossing 2–13 September 1944 * Misano Ridge * Casale 23–25 September 1944 * Naviglio Canal 12–15 December 1944 * Fosso Munio 19–21 December 1944 * Italy, 1944–1945 * IJsselmeer 15–18 April 1945 * North-West Europe, 1945 * Korea, 1951–1953
Tpr Smillie John Fulton
Rank: Trooper
Service Number: B801149
Born: Dec 29, 1931 Milton, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), R.C.A.C.
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 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.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea
A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible to be awarded the medal where the member: 1. was in the Canadian armed forces during all or part of the period from 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954: 2. was in the qualifying area (defined as Korea and the adjacent areas, including Japan, Okinawa and Korean waters); and 3. during the period referred to in (a), 1. was on the strength of an army unit or formation in Korea for at least one day; 2. was on active service for at least 28 days on a ship or craft engaged in operations in the qualifying area; 3. flew one sortie over Korea or over Korean waters in the Yellow Sea or Sea of Japan, or: 4. accumulated at least 28 days service in the qualifying area.The medal may be awarded posthumously. There is no bar to this medal.

Service Notes:
Enlisted: August 17, 1950 Toronto, Ontario
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: December 17, 1951 at Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Marker: 20.9.1222
Obituary: Son of George Fulton and Margaret ( nee Wilson) of Milton, Ontario. Brother of David, George, Samuel, Colin, Margaret, and Mary.
 
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Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.