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Award Listing - The Calgary Highlanders 1939-1945

While the awards listing may seem paltry compared to that of the Tenth Battalion in the First World War, some obvious differences can be noted; the Tenth was constantly committed to the battle area from February 1915 to November 1918 whereas the Calgary Highlanders saw action only from July 1944 to the beginning of May 1945.  It should also be noted that the Canadian Army was very much "thrifty" in the awarding of decorations for bravery, especially in comparison to the First World War.  Many men who earned gallantry awards several times over went undecorated.  The Canadian Army also had no way of distinguishing between men who fought in the front lines as infantrymen, and those who worked in the supporting arms.   While the German Army awarded the Infanteriesturmabzeichen to combat foot soldiers, and the US Army awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Canadian infantryman was presented with the same service medals after the war as the staff clerks at Corps Headquarters.

Entries in bold indicate posthumous awards.

Rank Name Date of Action

Location of Action/Notes

M10719 Warrant Officer I Class Bowen, Vincent Oliver For service in the field as CSM Support Company and RSM
Captain (Acting Major) Critchley, Harry Ford For staff duties, Canadian Reinforcement Units and First Canadian Army HQ
Captain Dore, Charles William For service as Adjutant from 18 Sep 1944.  Awarded December 1945.
Captain (Acting Major) Ireland, Robert Arthur Service at CMHQ, Military Secretary's Section
M11174 Warrant Officer II Class Kearns, Wilfred James Service as Chief Clerk, Casualties and Effects Section, Canadian Section, General Headquarters, 2nd Echelon, Canadian Military Forces
Captain MacDonnell, Angus Joseph Joffre For service as Quartermaster from Jan 1943.
M10928 Warrant Officer I Class Stanley, Ernest Victor For service as Regimental Sergeant Major in Europe, Sep 1940 to 8 Aug 1944.  Also for service with Rocky Mountain Rangers (26 Aug 1944-17 Nov 1944) and RSM as 1 Canadian Infantry Training Regiment.
Captain Wood, Gordon Bud For service as Officer Commanding Headquarters Company.
M11054 CQMS Brandon, George For service in the field as Company Quartermaster Sergeant.  Particularly action south of Ghoesbeck, Holland on 3 Dec 1944.
Major Clarke, Francis Herbert ("Knobby") 26 Apr 1945 Gruppen-Bühren, Germany
Lieutenant Colonel Ellis, Ross

Feb - April 1945

For service as Commanding Officer, especially Wyler 8 Feb 1945.
Lieutenant Colonel Heyland, William Dalton ("Dalt") Aug 1944 - Apr 1945 Leadership as company 2 i/c, command commander and battalion CO
Lieutenant Colonel MacLauchlan, Donald George 13 Aug 1944 Clair Tizon, France
Major MacKenzie, Bruce 21/22 Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium

Major

Gordon, Robert Unknown Unknown (*)

Captain

Keller, Alexander 7 Oct 1944 Hoogerheide, The Netherlands

(Also won an MM at Dieppe as a Corporal in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada)

M10712

Warrant Officer II Class

Larsen, Harold Omar

27 Feb 1945

Hochwald Forest, Germany

K2190 Private Brown, William Cary 23 Oct 1944 Ossendrecht, The Netherlands
M35070 Sergeant Crockett, Ken 21 Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium
K52168 Sergeant Laloge, Emile Jean 1 Nov 1944 Walcheren Causeway, The Netherlands
B127987 Lance Corporal McMahon, Robert Allan 8 Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany
  Sergeant Reed, T. J.    
M105583 Lance Corporal  Rourke, Floyd Orin 26 Apr 1945 Gruppen-Buhren, Germany
  Private  Austin, R. E.    
M105247 Private
(Acting Sergeant)
Anderson, Carol Edwin 8 Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany
M8988 Private Austin, Raymond Eugene Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany
  Sergeant Clements, W. F.    
H101836 Private Cook, Wifred Matthew Bruce 9 Aug 1944 Bretteville, France
C 121731 Private Field, Norman George Victor

14 Sep 1944

Dunkerque, France

K52168 Sergeant Laloge, Emile Jean 8 Feb 1945 Vossendahl, Germany
D167096 Private Lehman, Leo Edward 26 Apr 1945 Oldenburg, Germany
M10935 Private Lysne, Kristian Morgan 25-26 Jul 1944 St Andre-sur-Orne, France
F44768 Private
(Acting Corporal)
MacDonald, John Russell 14 Sep 1944 Dunkerque, France
M102056 Private
(Acting Sergeant)
Melnychanko, Michael 8 Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany
C48723 Private Packer, Reginald Bruce 26 Apr 1945 Gruppen-Buhren, Germany
M12091 Sergeant Reed, Thomas James 9 Oct 1944 Hoogerheide, The Netherlands
M56983 Sergeant Williams, Roland William 27 Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany
M11702 Warrant Officer II Class Wilson, Roy Lendrum Jul-Aug 1944 Normandy, France
B97085 Lance Corporal Wolfe, Richard George 1 Nov 1944 Walcheren Causeway, The Netherlands
NA Major Tennant, Mark  

Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 9 March 1946 and CARO/6431 dated 8 March 1946.

NA

Lieutenant

Kilpatrick, Vernon Francis

July 1944

Killed In Action July 1944
Award made Feb 1945

NA

Lieutenant

Ross, Robert Whitla

 

31 Mar 1945

M10712

Warrant Officer II Class

Larsen, Harold Omar  

Awarded 23 June 1945

M11342 Sergeant Lyster, William Leslie ("Bill") 19 Aug 1942 Dieppe, France
M10762 Sergeant Pittaway, Bertram ("Bert") 19 Aug 1942 Dieppe, France
M11154 Private Brown, Harry  Oct 1944  
K48240 Private Kessler, Dewart Bowyer   Awarded 3 Feb 1945
M31028 Private Kublick, Ferdinand   Awarded 23 June 1945
M11617 Corporal MacIver, Donald Terry   Awarded 3 Feb 1945
M107139 Private Middlemiss, Edgar Francis   Listed in one source as a Queen's Own Cameron Highlander.  Award made 3 Feb 1945.  Service number is from Alberta.
K49288 Private Patriquin, Clarence Gorley   Awarded 31 March 1945
F32491 Private Sampson, Alonzo  

Awarded March 1946

M12024 Private Stokke, Einar  

Awarded posthumously; Private Stokke was later discovered to be a Prisoner of War in Germany.

Captain McKinstry, Frederick John Brown 21 Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium
Captain Turnbull, Andrew Ross Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium
M104586 Corporal Berezay, Laverne Joseph

22 Sep 1944

Albert Canal, Belgium

K49288 Private Patriquin, Clarence Gorley 30 Sep - 1 Aug 1944 Brecht, Belgium
M12601 Sergeant Ferguson, Donald

31 Mar 1945 -1 Apr 1945

Doetinchem, The Netherlands

B138031 Lance Corporal McVay, Gordon Stanley

Oct 1944

Ossendrecht, The Netherlands

M60703 Corporal Sherring, William John Henry 1 Apr 1945 Doetinchem, The Netherlands
Award made 22 December 1945
H43089 Private Gregor, Marvin Martin

25 Oct 1944

Woensdrecht, The Netherlands

K2004 Private Walton, Joseph Michael

7 Oct  - 31 Oct 1944

South Beveland, The Netherlands

Lieutenant Ross, Robert Whitla 12 Aug 1944 Clair Tizon, France
Recommendation cleared First Canadian Army HQ in Jan 1945 and award was made in April 1945.
M11034 Lance Sergeant Harbut, Sidney Robert 12 Aug 1944 Clair Tizon, France
Captain McKinstry, Frederick John Brown 21 Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium
Captain Turnbull, Andrew Ross Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium

(*) The QOR Museum confirms that Major Robert Gordon was awarded a Military Cross during the
Second World War; detailed information has not yet come to light.


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