Category: World War 2

Flight Lt. Robert Macbride 0

Flight Lt. Robert Macbride

Whilst on an anti-submarine patrol in the waters between Iceland and Norway, Flight Lieutenant Macbride spotted a German U-Boat which turned out to be U-478. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire he pressed home an attack...

Cpl. Leo Major

Cpl Léo Major

Corporal Léo Major DCM was a French Canadian soldier in the Régiment de la Chaudière in World War II. He was one of only three Canadian soldiers to be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal...

Lt. Robert Hampton Gray 3

Lt. Robert Hampton Gray

For great bravery in leading an attack to within 50 feet of a Japanese destroyer in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, thereby sinking the destroyer although he was hit and his own aircraft...

Major David Vivian Currie 0

Major David Vivian Currie

In Normandy on the 18th of August 1944, Major Currie was in command of a small mixed force of Canadian tanks, self-propelled anti-tank guns and infantry which was ordered to cut one of the...

Pte. Ernest Alvia Smith 0

Pte. Ernest Alvia Smith

In Italy on the night of 21st – 22nd October 1944, a Canadian Infantry Brigade was ordered to establish a bridgehead across the Savio River. The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada were selected as the...

Major Frederick Albert Tilston 2

Major Frederick Albert Tilston

The 2nd Canadian Division had been given the task of breaking through the strongly fortified Hochwald Forest defence line which covered Zanten, the last German bastion west of the Rhine protecting the vital Wesel...

Cpl. Frederick George Topham 0

Cpl. Frederick George Topham

On 24th March 1945, Corporal Topham, a medical orderly, parachuted with his battalion on to a strongly defended area east of the Rhine. At about 1100 hours, whilst treating casualties sustained in the drop,...

Sgt. Aubrey Cosens 1

Sgt. Aubrey Cosens

In Holland on the night of 25th-26th February 1945, the 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada launched an attack on the hamlet of Mooshof, to capture ground which was considered essential for...

Sqdn. Ldr. Ian Willoughby Bazalgette 1

Sqdn. Ldr. Ian Willoughby Bazalgette

On 4th August 1944, Squadron-Leader Bazalgette was master bomber of a Pathfinder squadron detailed to mark an important target at Trossy St. Maximin for the main bomber force. When nearing the target his Lancaster...