* Citations indicated used with permission from 'Courage and Service - Second World War Awards to Canadians', by John Blatherwick and Hugh Halliday.  Published by Service Publications, Ottawa, ON, 2004.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major John Gordon Baird*

On the evening of 8th February 1945, 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment were assaulting the heavily defended town of Zyfflich, Germany. About 2030 hours, "C" company commanded by Captain (Acting Major) John Gordon Baird was detailed to pass through "B" Company and take the east part of the town. Supporting this operation was one troop of Sherman tanks.

Due to the flood conditions, Major Baird had to change his plan at the last moment and within thirty yards of the enemy he calmly made a reconnaissance and issued new orders. When close support was needed, he personally guided the tanks into position and directed their fire although he knew many of the enemy had been by-passed and were sniping in the town. Within two hours, "C" Company had taken their objective capturing over one hundred enemy including a company commander, and a battalion commander.

It was largely due to this officer's coolness under the most adverse conditions, his personal leadership and the complete disregard for his own personal safety that the battalion's attack was successful.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major Douglas Gordon Brown (Periodic DSO)

Major Douglas Gordon Brown landed on D-Day with 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment and on D+2 was promoted to Major and took command of D Company.  In the capacity of Company Commander he participated in every action of the regiment with the exception of two short periods when he was evacuated wounded.  In all the time Major Brown commanded D Company, it never failed to take an objective and never retired from any position although several times sub-units under his command have been over-run and on one occasion, the entire company was cut off for eight hours.

In one period of ten days between 3 April and 13 April 1945, Major Brown led his company in no less than nine separate attacks, each in the face of heavy opposition and each resulting in many enemy dead.  In these attacks his company accounted for a total of some three hundred prisoners.

On the night of 29/30 April 1945 Major Brown was in command of the battalion on the exploitation of the Leer bridgehead, and under his brilliant direction the battalion accounted for over two hundred prisoners as well as many enemy dead.

Throughout the entire period of his service Major Brown has displayed very great personal valour and extreme devotion to duty, and a constant cheerfulness under the most adverse conditions  The magnificent record of his company is a tribute to his powers of leadership.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Lieutenant Colonel Allan Stewart Gregory*

In the operations involved in crossing the River Rhine, the role of 7 Canadian Infantry Brigade was to break out of the initial bridgehead and seize the town of Emmerich to enable bridges for 2 Canadian Corps to be built.

The task of clearing out the central portion of Emmerich was allotted to the Regina Rifles Regiment. The enemy, realizing the importance of the position, offered stubborn resistance and had built numerous road blocks and fortified houses throughout the town.

The plan as evolved by Lieutenant-Colonel Gregory and the manner in which this officer directed his battalion resulted in at least half of the central part of the town being cleared by last light on the 29th March 1945, the day on which clearing had commenced. This was done despite determined opposition from infantry in prepared positions in houses supported by self-propelled guns. Lieutenant-Colonel Gregory, disregarding his own safety during the day had positioned himself in the town despite consistent enemy shelling and sniping.

During the evening, Lieutenant-Colonel Gregory quickly regrouped his battalion which was becoming fatigued at this stage after having continuously been advancing against or fighting the enemy for over 48 hours. The actions and energy of this officer proved to be an inspiration to the troops under his command and the task allotted to his battalion was completed when the town was cleared by the following day. This operation, accomplished with only light casualties to our troops, contributed to the early commencement by 2 Canadian Corps of bridging operations across the River Rhine.

The success which the Regina Rifle Regiment achieved and the aggressive eagerness displayed by this unit may be attributed to a great extent to Lieutenant-Colonel Gregory. This officer by his leadership, persistence, energy and coolness in action against the enemy was an example to all ranks.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Lieutenant Colonel Foster Martin Matheson*

The Regina Rifle Regiment carried out the initial assault on 6 June 1944. They reached the brigade objective on 7 June 1944 and from that time onwards until 11 June have fought off many counter-attacks. The fighting spirit, tenacity and high morale of this unit can be ascribed to the cool-headed and inspiring leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel Matheson.

In particular on the night of 8/9 June 1944, when the Battalion Headquarters was attacked by PZ KW Mk V tanks and infantry, the colonel himself led the defence resulting in knocking out five tanks.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major Leonard Vincent McGurran (It appears that this was a Periodic DSO after a recommendation for an Immediate DSO)

At Emmerich, Germany, on the morning of the 29th of March 1945 at 1000 hours, two companies of the Regina Rifle Regiment were advancing into the town with the task of clearing and holding the eastern half of this important stronghold.  'B' Company, commanded by Major Leonard Vincent McGurran was on the right with in support one troop of 'Crocodiles'.

On the advance to the town the companies were subjected to very heavy shelling and mortaring and it required the highest standard of leadership to keep the companies advancing.  Immediately on reaching the town 'B' Company came under intense small arms fire and the fighting became very confused.  Although the right flank of the company was entirely open and the town was fanatically defended from prepared positions Major McGurran maintained the impetus of the attack by his courageous and skillful leadership and daring personal liaison with all his platoons.

In the latter stages of the battle, Major McGurran was painfully wounded in several places but he refused to be evacuated until his company had gained all their objectives and had completed their consolidation.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major Robert James Orr (Periodic DSO)

Major Robert James Orr rejoined the 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment at Nijmegen in November 1944.  He had served for nine months with the Carleton and York Regiment in Italy where he led his company in many fierce engagements.

From November 1944 until the cessation of hostilities in May 1945 he served as second-in-command of the battalion and on numerous occasions commanded the battalion in action.

Once, early in the offensive west of the Rhine near the village of Zyfflich in Germany he displayed great valour in assisting personally to rescue casualties under fire.

Later in the heavy fighting around Moyland Wood, at a critical stage of the battle he took ammunition to the forward troops under fire and again succeeded in evacuating many wounded.

From the 4th to 14th April 1945, Major Orr commanded the battalion in the advance north through Holland.  Near the towns of Zutphen, Deventer and Zwolle, six successive attacks against fanatical resistance were skillfully handled.  The battalion never once failed to take and hold its objective.

Throughout his entire service, Major Orr has shown exceptional initiative, resourcefulness and devotion to duty.  His cheerfulness and magnificent sense of humour did much in maintaining the high spirit and morale of the troops under his command.  His obvious concern for them was in great contrast to his utter disregard for his own safety.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major Charles Stuart Thorne Tubb

This officer, commanding "C" Company, the Regina Rifle Regiment, showed very high qualities of leadership and outstanding courage and coolness under fire.

His company landed on D Day at Courseulles-sur-Mer 30 minutes after the assault companies and under his leadership, completed their original tasks with vigour and despatch. He was then called upon to reach an objective at Reviers originally given to "D" Company which was unable to complete that task due to heavy casualties on the beach. It was of vital importance that Reviers be occupied as soon as possible as it was known to be an enemy headquarters. This additional task was accomplished by Major Tubb and numerous prisoners were taken after a sharp short fight.

From noon, 7 June, until relieved at midnight on 17 June, his company held a defensive position in the village of Norrey-en-Bessin, a position vital to the defence of the battalion area astride the Bayeux-Caen road. During this period his position was attacked on at least eight different occasions by both tanks and infantry and in addition was subjected to intense mortar and artillery fire. Although the casualties were numerous all the attacks were repulsed with heavy losses to the enemy.

It was due to the outstanding example set by Major Tubb and to his calm, cool way under fire that the morale of his company was at a very high level throughout.

Major Tubb was wounded in the action on 8 July 1944 when his company was taking part in the attack on the Anciee Abbaye, northwest of Caen. Although wounded and unable to move, he still directed the movement of his company and inspired the men to greater efforts.

This officer's high standard of leadership and his coolness in the face of enemy fire were an example to all ranks in the regiment and an inspiration to the troops under his command.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (MBE)

Warrant Officer Class I (RSM) Harry Denham, MM*

Serjeant-Major Denham saw service in the last war. For many years during peacetime he was a faithful member of the Prince Albert Volunteers (Non-Permanent Active Militia). Upon mobilization of the Regina Rifles he joined the Active Force as Company Sergeant-Major, being promoted Regimental Sergeant-Major in early 1942. By his own example, by his knowledge of men and by his fine soldierly qualities he is largely responsible for the good name and fine discipline enjoyed by the Regina Rifle Regiment.

114304 Serjeant Harry Denham was awarded the Military Medal in WW I as a member of the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (MBE)

Captain George Earl Rouatt*

Captain Rouatt, Quartermaster of the Regina Rifle Regiment, landed in France with his unit on 6 June 1944. During the first few days of the invasion, before the "A" and "B" Echelons of the battalion had landed and begun to function, he maintained his stores at "F" Echelon within the battalion defensive position in the town of Bretteville l'Orgueilleuse. Despite the constant and heavy shelling and mortaring and the repeated counter attacks he carried out his duties in the most satisfactory manner. In addition he assisted with the defence of the position. Since that time, due to this officer's ceaseless efforts and constant liaison with the battalion and companies there has never been any supply problems in the unit. The success of this unit in its many operations is to a large extent due to the outstandingly efficient manner in which he has performed his duties.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (MBE)

Captain Norman Donald McDonald (Periodic MBE)

Captain Norman Donald McDonald has done his work in a most efficient manner to the great benefit of all ranks of the regiment.  He has contributed greatly to the smooth and efficient functioning of the unit's administration and has provided continuity during all operations.

Despite counter-attacks, mortaring and shelling. he kept at his work of accounting for personnel, making up casualty returns, sorting out reinforcements as well as all his duties dealing with pay and financial matters.

Since that time when the battle became more fluid, Captain McDonald has maintained very close contact between forward elements and the echelons by personal visits at very frequent intervals.  Due to his ceaseless efforts there has been no problem within the unit in accounting for casualties or reinforcements.  Only by practically daily personal visits to Battalion Headquarters could this have been done in such an efficient manner.

Captain McDonald has always been willing to take on any extra tasks at any time whether they came strictly within the duties of a regimental paymaster or not and has carried them out cheerfully and efficiently and has served with the unit since the landing on 6 June 1944.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (MBE)

Lieutenant Thomas William Sharp*

This officer, after serving with distinction during the war 1914-1919 with 5th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, on his return to Canada became active in the Non-Permanent Active Militia, serving continuously with the Regina Rifle Regiment from 1926 until mobilization of his unit, May 1940, attaining the rank of Regimental Sergeant-Major. On the outbreak of the present war he again offered his services and when his regiment, the Regina Rifle Regiment, was mobilized, in the capacity of Regimental Sergeant-Major, he displayed untiring energy in assisting in its organization, proceeded overseas with his unit as Regimental Sergeant-Major and was later selected as Brigade Sergeant-Major of 7th Brigade. He served in this capacity from November 1941 until March 1942 when he was returned to Canada for instructional purposes. He served with No.120 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre in an instructional capacity as a Warrant Officer Class I and on 4 January 1943 was appointed Provisional Second Lieutenant, qualifying for the rank of Lieutenant on 18 June 1943. Throughout his entire service, in addition to his regular duties, he has consistently given of himself unsparingly in the interests of his unit and the service generally. Lieutenant Sharp is presently employed as Acting Adjutant of A-34 Special Officers' Training Centre, in which capacity he continues to display the same conscientious service.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (MBE)

M66385 Serjeant (Acting WO II (CSM)) John Walker*

Acting Company Sergeant-Major Walker enlisted 17 November 1941, and arrived in the United Kingdom on 17 September 1943. He landed in Normandy as a Corporal with the Regina Rifles on D Day, was wounded, and subsequently taken on strength 5 Canadian Infantry Training Regiment from hospital on 18 December 1944. He was employed as Sergeant Instructor 10 Training Battalion until 25 May 1945, when appointed Acting Company Sergeant-Major, and continued this appointment until the unit was redesignated 11 Canadian Repatriation Depot on 23 July 1945. He is presently employed as Instructor "C" Wing, 11 Canadian Repatriation Depot. He is extremely smart and conscientious and his work has always been of the highest order. He has always capably discharged responsibilities superior to those of his rank. His zealous performance and self-assured initiative have been directly responsible in the successful transition from training battalion to repatriation depot under trying circumstances.

Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant Lorenzo Bergeron (Periodic MC)

Lieutenant Lorenzo Bergeron came to the Regina Rifle Regiment in Normandy on 8 June 1944.  He has served since then in every action in which the battalion has participated.

As Scout Platoon Commander he has successfully completed countless hazardous patrols.  At Carpiquet and Caen against highly trained troops he patrolled in and behind the enemy lines bringing back information that proved invaluable.

Through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany, Lieutenant Bergeron organized and led patrols and on many occasions found it necessary to fight at extremely close range to accomplish his missions.  Many dead German sentries are testimony to his skilful handling of 'awkward' situations.  At Wehl and Zwolle, Holland, in April 1945 Lieutenant Bergeron had to kill enemy machine gun crews to ensure the safe return of the men of his patrol.

Company, Battalion and even Brigade attacks were based on information gained by Lieutenant Bergeron.

Throughout his entire service Lieutenant Bergeron has been utterly fearless.  He has displayed devotion often beyond the call of duty ad saved many lives by his valorous actions.

Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant William David Grayson

This officer showed high qualities of leadership and bravery on at least three occasions.  On 6 June 1944 while entering a block of houses in Courseulles sur Mer an enemy LMG crew made a dash with their weapons from the house beyond the seawall towards their slit trenches, he personally dashed over, armed only with a Colt automatic pistol and forced the surrender of the gun crew, sending them back as prisoners.

On the same morning, without orders, he led three men from the safety of a block of houses into a very large pillbox from which the coy had been subjected to heavy LMG fire, cleared it out and captured at least ten prisoners from this tunnel position.  On the same day, he led five men to clean up a large tunnel along a river bank from which twenty five prisoners were taken and numerous others killed.

These are only the more outstanding examples of  this officers bravery and disregard for his own safety throughout the day and he is very highly recommended for this award.

Military Cross (MC)

Captain William Sydney Huckvale (Originally recommended for an MBE, downgraded to MC)

This officer attached from the RCAMC and while performing the duties of medical officer, displayed a very high standard of courage and coolness under fire.

He landed with the Regiment on D-Day at Courseulles-Sur-Mer and from that time until he was wounded in action at Caen on 18 July 1944, had no thought for his own personal safety but thought only of the welfare of the wounded and sick.

The Regiment occupied a position at Bretteville L'Orguelleuse on D+1 and held the position until relieved on the night of 17/18 June.  During that time the position was attacked on numerous occasions and casualties were very heavy.  Captain Huckvale, during this period, organized his medical section to collect the wounded, worked tirelessly attending to them and arranging for their evacuation and although Battalion HQ, near which his Regimental Aid Post was located, was under fire on many occasions, the arrangements for the wounded were of a high standard throughout.

In the succeeding weeks until he was wounded at Caen, during the river crossing to Vaucelles, this officer displayed great courage and distinguished himself in the performance of his duties.

His thoughtfulness and the outstanding care of the men throughout were an inspiration to all ranks.

Military Cross (MC)

Honourary Captain Graham Moffatt Jamieson

This officer, attached to the Regina Rifles Regiment as chaplain, displayed a very high standard of courage and coolness under fire.  He landed with 'D' Comopany at H+20 minutes and throughout the battle on D-Day assisted with the wounded and made arrangements for the dead.

The regiment occupied Bretteville L'Orguelleuse on D+1 and held the position until relieved on the night of 17/18 June 1944.  During this time the position was attacked on numerous occasions and casualties were very heavy.

This officer displayed great courage throughout and was constantly and tirelessly employed attending to the wounded and again making arrangements for the dead, both our own and the enemy.

His example was an inspiration to all ranks and his courage and thoughtfulness under fire were outstanding.

Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant Warren Lincoln Keating*

On 18 February 1945 at approximately 1330 hours, "D" Company of the 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment moved off in an attack through "B" Company into the woods south of MOYLAND, Germany. Lieutenant Warren Lincoln Keating was in command of #16 Platoon who were to take a portion of the high ground in the centre of the woods.

The company met with extremely heavy resistance and the flame throwers, who were to support the attack, were knocked out but Lieutenant Keating led his Platoon, through intense machine gun and mortar fire, direct to their objective, driving the Germans from their slit trenches. On consolidation, Lieutenant Keating found he had only twelve men left and on his left were eight men of #17 Platoon. The remainder of the company were unable to advance, so Lieutenant Keating organized this little group and for five hours drove off repeated counter-attacks, all the while completely cut off from his company and Battalion. Several times the Germans penetrated within his defences but each time the enemy were killed in hand to hand combat.

After this period, Lieutenant Keating was reinforced by the remainder of "D" Company and for a further period of twenty-four hours the position was repeatedly counter-attacked and each time these were beaten off. Throughout the entire bitter action the enemy poured heavy machine gun and mortar fire into the position.

The magnificent leadership and courage displayed by Lieutenant Keating was directly responsible for the taking of this important height and although weary from days without sleep, he so inspired and cheered his men that they held it under most adverse conditions.

Military Cross (MC)

Captain John Ivan Nicholson (Immediate MC)

On 25 April 1945, Regina Rifle Regiment was engaged in executing a daring plan to capture an enemy strongpoint containing several active artillery guns north of Oudedijk, Holland.

At 0100 hours, 'A' Company, commanded by Captain Nicholson, moved forward until the leading platoon came under heavy machine gun and rifle fire.  The platoon commander was a casualty, the platoon became disorganized and the advance was halted.  Without thought of his own safety Captain Nicholson went forward as quickly as possible, contacting the leading section and under point-blank fire reorganized the entire platoon into a fire group.  He personally silenced much of the enemy fire with grenades and then led the remainder of his company into the assault.

Inspired by this officer's actions the company went forward quickly and overran the enemy strongpoint, killing many, capturing 130 prisoners and four 105 mm guns.

Through Captain Nicholson's exceptional courage, leadership and inspiration this enemy strongpoint was eliminated quickly and 'A' Company of the Regina Rifle Regiment accomplished their task with a minimum of casualties to themselves.

Military Cross (MC)

Captain Herbert Sinclair Roberts (t appears that this was a Periodic MC after a recommendation for an Immediate MC)

At Emmerich, Germany at 1000 hours on the 29th of March 1945, the Regina Rifle Regiment was ordered to clear and hold this important stronghold so that bridging operations could commence across the Rhine.  On the initial attack, 'D' Company under command of Captain Herbert Sinclair Roberts was right reserve company, moving up behind 'B' Company.

On 'B' Company gaining their objective, 'D' Company passed through at 1330 hours to an objective some 600 yards further into the town.  For two hours Captain Roberts' company fought hand to hand in the rubble against fiercely determined enemy, killing many and taking twenty five prisoners.  In this phase of the battle the supporting 'Crocodiles' could not advance because of road blocks, but with the courageous and determined leadership of Captain Roberts they gained and held their objective.

This position was held, despite the absence of all supporting weapons and while under constant mortaring and shelling.  At 2330 hours Captain Roberts' company was ordered to advance in conjunction with two other companies.  By 0500 hours, 30 March 1945 the objective had been gained by continuous and bitter combat.  Many times the fearless example of Captain Roberts inspired his men to continue.  When the objective was taken an enemy S.P. gun penetrated the company position and Captain Roberts personally supervised the coordination of his infantry and anti-tank guns, which had by this time arrived, and succeeded in routing the gun which was subsequently destroyed by a flanking unit.

By this time, Captain Roberts had been without sleep for 48 hours but when ordered to exploit forward of the town, he skillfully planned and executed a platoon attack which suffered heavy casualties but materially aided those troops who were to follow.

The magnificent leadership, cheerfulness in the face of fatigue and constant danger and the utter disregard of personal safety displayed by Captain Roberts was the factor which enabled his men to successfully complete this operation.

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

M31085 Rifleman Samuel Joseph Letendre (Originally recommended for Immediate MM, upgraded to DCM)

On 6 October 1944 in the area of Moerhuizen, Belgium, during the battle for the south side of the Scheldt Estuary, Rifleman Samuel Joseph Letendre, 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment was in the section of his company on the extreme left of the brigade front holding a bridgehead over the Leopold Canal.  This section position was considered to be vital to the security of the bridgehead.

During one of the numerous enemy counter attacks, the section leader was killed.  Rifleman Letendre, without hesitation and without orders, took command.  Due to his leadership and complete disregard for his own safety as he moved about encouraging his men, the section was able to hold its position against this counter attack and many others which followed during the same night.

By his exceptional courage and initiative Rifleman Letendre made an outstanding contribution to the security of the bridgehead over the Leopold Canal.

Military Medal (MM)

H100759 Lance Corporal Homer Adams (Immediate MM)

On 8 October 1944 in the area of Moerhuizen Belgium, on the Leopold Canal in the battle for the southern side of the Scheldt, H100759 L/Cpl Homer Adams 1st Bn The Regina Rifle Regiment displayed outstanding courage and quick thinking.  At 0500 hours the enemy launched a strong counter attack, and were successful in occupying one end of the trench system occupied by this NCO's Company Headquarters.  The enemy threw 4 or 5 stick grenades, tied together, into this trench.  Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his personal safety, L/Cpl Adams picked up the bundle of grenades and threw them back to the German position.  By this NCO's quick thinking, the enemy was repulsed and the position was saved.

Military Medal (MM)

L13577 Serjeant Milton Eugene Adolph*

Corporal Adolph was a crew commander in number 2 section (WASP) of the carrier platoon and on the afternoon of 18 February 1945 was supporting the attack on the woods south of Moyland, Germany.

Under extremely hazardous conditions, number 2 section advanced with the leading elements of the first company and gave them close support until their fuel was exhausted. When returning to re-fuel, the section was forced to cross a stretch of open country under direct observation and fire of the enemy. Corporal Adolph was leading with his section commander following and about half way across, the section commander's carrier struck a mine, overturned and burst into flames.

Without hesitation, Corporal Adolph stopped his carrier, jumped out, and with a fire extinguisher, ran back to the burning carrier. He found the driver dead, the gunner seriously wounded and section commander suffering from shock and blast, and all were pinned beneath the machine. With the enemy dropping mortar bombs about him and with aimed small arms fire directed at him, he got the fire under control and with the assistance of his crew succeeded in extricating the gunner. When they could not release the section commander, Corporal Adolph very quickly dug the earth out from under him with his hands and dragged him free of the fire.

Corporal Adolph loaded the two men on his carrier and took them to the Regimental Aid Post. Then, taking command of the remainder of the section, he re-fuelled and returned through an area he knew to be mined, and supported the follow-up companies with fire until his fuel was again exhausted and his section was put out of action by the difficult terrain on the edge of the objective.

Corporal Milton Eugene Adolph's quick action and superb heroism under fire undoubtedly saved the two men from burning to death and his return to the area was instrumental in the taking of the final objective.

Military Medal (MM)

L27630 Lance Serjeant Walter Douglas Armstrong

On 6 June 1944, this NCO crawled forward from the beach with an LMG while under heavy MG fire.  He located an enemy position which was being supported by enemy riflemen from slit trenches and with the assistance of two riflemen, cleaned out the enemy position.  During this time, they were under fire from another enemy LMG.  It was due to this effort that the remainder of the coy were able to move forward and to get into buildings on the regiments right flank.

It was afterwards discovered that during this time, Sjt Armstrong had been wounded while on the beach, a bullet having passed right through one leg and grazing the other.  When asked by his coy command about his wound, he showed the leg that was only grazed.  After taking out an LMG position, he crawled back to his coy under fire, pinpointed another LMG position and then crawled back to support the coy with fire while it did a flanking movement.

He remained in command of his men during the remainder of the morning, leading them forward with a LMG and only returned to the beach dressing station when ordered to do so by his coy command at approximately 1400 hours 6 June 1944.

Military Medal (MM)

L24005 Warrant Officer Class II (Company Serjeant Major) Basil A.Currie (Originally recommended for DCM, downgraded to MM)

On the night of 8/9 June 1944 whilst BnHQ was being attacked by enemy tanks, CSM Currie showed superior devotion to duty and complete disregard for his own safety.  Enemy tanks started to raid BnHQ.  CSM Currie went into a slit trench with 10-12 rounds of PIAT ammunition.  When two tanks were directly in front of the trench, he opened fire and with his first round hit the first of the enemy tanks, starting it on fire.  He then fired several more rounds at the same tank.  While in the process of firing at the first tank, a second enemy tank came up and he fired at the second tank, also setting it on fire.  Finding himself without ammunition, he came out of his slit trench under heavy MG fire and proceeded to another trench about 75 yards away where he knew there was more PIAT ammunition.  Carrying the PIAT, he ran to this slit trench, detonated twelve more rounds of ammunition with the assistance of CQMS Woods of SP Coy and then attempted to return to the weapon slit he had originally occupied with the object of re-opening fire on the tanks.  While moving across open ground he was wounded in the leg by blast from the tanks.  He showed very superior devotion to duty and set a high example for the remainder of the personnel defending the area.  He is very highly recommended for his brave attempt to continue the offensive defence against tanks.

Military Medal (MM)

L277756 Lance Corporal Douglas George Ekman (Periodic MM)

Lance Corporal Douglas George Ekman has served in the Pioneer Platoon of the 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment since 30 July 1944.  He has been a member and later the commander of a mine clearing detachment.  His courage in clearing the way for infantry and vehicles has been exceptional.

At the Leopold Canal in Belgium he crossed with the leading infantry company and in the midst of the fierce battle he detected and lifted mines under fire.  In the battle of the Scheldt, this soldier cleared mines along dyke roads under direct enemy observation and fire.

In the Nijmegen salient under most hazardous conditions he plotted, laid and cleared minefields in front of our most forward infantry positions.  At Moyland Wood, Germany in February 1945 he led a mine clearing detachment in clearing a vital road.  In accomplishing this task he became engaged in a fierce battle with German paratroops who were armed with automatic weapons.  Through his determination and skill he organized his detachment and disengaged from the enemy bringing with him one man wounded during the battle.

During Lance Corporal Ekman's entire service he has carried out his duties with the utmost cheerfulness, courage and devotion.

Military Medal (MM)

L10187 Serjeant Elmer Milton Evoy (Immediate Bar to MM)

On the morning of 30 April 1945 'B' Company, 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment was ordered to clear the area of the German barracks west of Lehr, Germany.  L10187 Serjeant  Elmer Milton Evoy was Platoon Serjeant of 10 Platoon.  Their particular task was to search out along the dykes and road west and south of the barracks.  The platoon successfully completed this task and were returning to assist in house clearing when they came under heavy 43 MG fire.  This fire sounds very similar to Bren fire and it was at first thought that it was some of our own troops firing at them.  This NCO quickly seized the initiative, contacted his Company Headquarters by wireless and established the fact that it was enemy fire.

Serjeant Evoy then pinpointed the fire and by the skillful use of fire and movement worked the platoon to a position on the flank of the enemy.  Using the covering smoke of several number 77 grenades this NCO took two men and went back under fire for as many 2 inch mortar and PIAT bombs as were available.  With complete disregard for his own safety Serjeant Evoy took up an exposed position and personally fired fifteen PIAT bombs into the enemy strong point in addition to directing the fire of the platoon.

This accurate close range fire had such an effect that Serjeant Evoy's platoon took one officer and thirty four other ranks prisoners which completely silenced all opposition in the southern sector of this area.

In all this fighting this NCO only lost one man killed and two wounded.  It was undoubtedly Serjeant Evoy's cool and skillful handling of the platoon plus his bravery and stubborn determination to fight which enabled 'B' Company to take its objective quickly and with a minimum of casualties.

Serjeant Evoy had previously been awarded the Military Medal for his actions on 18 July 1943, while serving with the 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in Italy, in support of the Royal 22e Regiment near Gratta Calda, Sicily.  After returning to England as an instructor, he was remustered into the infantry, joining the Regina Rifles on 25 February, 1945.  He was the only Canadian soldier in WW II to be decorated for bravery as a member of both the Artillery and the Infantry.

Military Medal (MM)

L106725 Rifleman James Donald Innes (Periodic MM)

On the 28th/29th of March, 1945, the Regina Rifle Regiment was responsible for clearing the outskirts of Emmerich, Germany, in perparation for taking the town itself.  'B' Company was moving into position among a group of buildings when they came under heavy concentrations of enemy mortar and machine gun fire from the town itself.  The company had lost one of its platoon stretcher bearers and Rfn Innes volunteered to take over the job.

As his platoon came under fire the leading section had two very serious casualties.  Without hesitation, Rfn Innes ran forward to them in the open and attended their wounds.  To reach the furthest man it was necessary to run across an open stretch of about 75 yards which was "alive" with enemy mortar and small arms fire.  While attending the wounded, a bomb landed, killing two of the men in the section who were trying to help him.

At this time, one of our own tanks was hit and Rfn Innes ran to the burning tank and safely rescued one of the crew who had been wounded.

Rfn Innes, volunteering for this dangerous job at the last minute, showed superb courage in carrying out his duties and saving the lives of the wounded members of his company.

Military Medal (MM)

L105651 Rifleman Oscar Albert Johnson

This Rfn crawled forward the full length of the beach of D-Day under heavy enemy MG fire, cutting his way through six feet of wire which obstacle was being directly covered by enemy small arms.  He then went back and assumed the leadership of the remainder of his section, leading them through the wire into enemy slit trenches, clearing them of enemy and enabling the remainder of the coy to move forward into the safety of these slit trenches.

From there, he continued to move forward as a sniper, well ahead of his coy.  The latter was done entirely on his own initiative and he displayed rare courage and resourcefulness; at no time previously had he ever had charge of a section of men.

Military Medal (MM)

L27418 Lance Serjeant Gerald Royce Langton*

Corporal (Lance-Sergeant) Gerald Royce Langton on the night of 8/9 February 1945 as a section commander 14 Platoon, "C" Company, 1st Battalion Regina Rifle Regiment, was ordered to clear a large cheese factory in the eastern part of the town of Zyfflich, Germany.

While Lance-Sergeant Langton was leading his section towards the factory it came under heavy small arms fire and several were wounded including himself. But with complete disregard for his wound and personal safety this Non-Commissioned Officer continued forward into the building alone and engaged the enemy in close quarter fighting during which he killed two and wounded several others. Such was the fury of his attack that he succeeded in driving the enemy into the cellar. Bringing the rest of his section forward, they successfully took the remainder, 15 in all, prisoners of war.

Lance-Sergeant Langton then reported to his Company Commander who ordered him to go to the Regimental Aid Post. He asked, and was granted permission, to stay with his section until the action was completed. On his return he led his section in the clearing of several more houses that yielded another eighteen prisoners of war. Only after consolidating on his final position would this Non-Commissioned Officer consent to being evacuated.

The leadership, courage and offensive zeal displayed by Lance-Sergeant Langton inspired his whole section to press forward and capture a very dominating feature at a critical stage in the battle thereby materially assisting his Company to carry out its task.

Military Medal (MM)

L27065 Rifleman Joseph Edwin Lapointe*

On the night 8/9 June 1944 while several Panther tanks were making an attack on the Battalion Headquarters area of the Regina Rifles and attempting to over-run it, Rifleman Lapointe showed great coolness and courage in the face of the enemy. He remained at his PIAT and fired through heavy enemy machine gun fire at the tank at 15 yards range. During the assault by tanks, one Panther Mk V tank and one heavy armoured car were knocked out in the line of fire of his PIAT. The success of Battalion Headquarters in withstanding this attack is greatly attributed to the fact that Rifleman Lapointe continued firing at the enemy vehicles with complete disregard for his own safety, thereby assisting in knocking out the vehicles and preventing the attack from penetrating the defences of the Headquarters area.

Military Medal (MM)

L64903 Corporal Victor Clifford Mahan (Periodic MM)

Corporal Victor Clifford Mahan has been in action with the 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment since 8 June 1944.  He has served both as a section commander and a crew commander of Wasp flame throwing carriers.

His exceptional courage under fire has been outstanding.  Time after time in fierce engagements, often at night, he has eased the burden of the infantryman by silencing enemy weapons.

At the Leopold Canal in Belgium he paved the way for infantry with the accurate use of flame.  In the Nijmegen salient Corporal Mahan commanded a forward outpost for days at a time under constant enemy observation and fire.

In a very bitter battle at Moyland Wood, Germany in February 1945 he flamed enemy positions in the face of intense fire.  At Emmerich, Germany it was the same story.  But at Wehl, Holland in April, Corporal Mahan gained the greatest admiration of the men he supported when he raced ahead of the infantry directly at strong enemy entrenchments.  He scattered, disorganized and killed enemy machine gun crews.  Enemy bazookas were fired at his carrier at point blank range but by skillful handling he avoided them and pressed home his attack.  The following infantry broke through and captured the position with a minimum of casualties.

Throughout this lengthy period of service under the most hazardous conditions, Corporal Mahan remained cheerful and calm.  He displayed exceptional leadership and skill and a devotion beyond the call of duty in countless operations.

Military Medal (MM)

L27588 Rifleman Charles Hamilton Moorhead

This soldier, who is a Stretcher Bearer was wounded twice while landing.  Despite this fact, for at least 45 minutes while A Coy was still on the beach, he was seen carrying dead and wounded out of the water on to the beach and ministering to them.  As the tide moved in, he moved them forward again.  During all this time the beach was subjected to heavy MG fire and mortar fire.  When last seen by the Coy command, he was dragging a wounded soldier out of a depth of approximately three feet of water, struggling and faltering with every step, yet always regaining his feet and lifting the man forward.

His unselfish devotion to duty is the talk of the whole regiment.

Military Medal (MM)

L27883 Serjeant William James Shaw*

On the afternoon of the 18th February 1945, "B" Company of the 1st Battalion, The Regina Regiment were leading Company in a battalion attack on the woods south of Moyland, Germany. Number 10 Platoon was the right forward platoon, commanded by Sergeant Shaw.

As soon as the platoon crossed the start line, they came under extremely heavy shelling, mortar and small arms fire. Seeing that the heaviest part of the barrage was ahead, Sergeant Shaw went to the head of the platoon and led them into the woods. Here, after hand to hand fighting with German paratroops, they gained their objective.

At this point, Sergeant Shaw was seriously and painfully wounded but notwithstanding, he organized the consolidation of his position and moved from post to post supervising the digging and siting of defences. All this time his position was being heavily shelled, and it was only when his Company Commander arrived and gave Sergeant Shaw a direct order would he consent to go to the Regimental Air Post.

The superb leadership, bravery and fortitude displayed by Sergeant Shaw was the example which inspired his Platoon to achieve their objective and hold it.

Military Medal (MM)

Serjeant (Acting Warrant Officer Class II (CSM)) Edward Stanley Tenklei*

On the 16th February 1945, "C" Company of the 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment were the right hand company of a two company attack, with the object of clearing the woods south of Moyland, Germany. In this attack, Sergeant Tenklei was Platoon Sergeant of Number 13 Platoon.

The advance was made under intense fire and less than half way to the objective, the Platoon Commander was wounded and could not continue. Sergeant Tenklei immediately took over and continued the advance. Three times his platoon was forced to ground by heavy machine gun and light automatic fire and three times this Non-Commissioned Officer organized and led the charge which overwhelmed the positions inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.

It was chiefly the superb leadership, courage and example of Sergeant Tenklei that inspired his men to advance and take their platoon objective. His actions on this day were worthy of the highest traditions of this Regiment and the Canadian Army.

Military Medal (MM)

L27084 Serjeant Lawrence Marshall Young

In the early hours of 8 June 1944, L27084 Sjt Young was in command of a mortar section operating in support of 'D' Coy which had taken up a defensive position at Rots.  The coy was attacked by enemy tanks and infantry which succeeded in penetrating the defences to within 200 yards of the mortar position.  This made it impossible for the mortars to supply defensive fire at its normal minimum range.  Sjt Young organized his crew to hold the bipod of the mortar in their hands, elevating the muzzle sufficient to bring mortar fire on the enemy.  This improvisation was sufficient fire support to enable 'D' Coy to break up the enemy attack.  Approximately one hour later, the enemy brought effective fire to bear on 'D' Coys position, pinning down all men including the mortar crew in their slit trenches.  Sjt Young posted one man at an OP, manned the mortar single handed and brought down rapid fire on the enemy mortar.  During this action he was wounded but he carried on until the enemy mortar was silenced, although weakened by loss of blood as an artery in his arm had been severed.  Sjt Young's devotion to duty, his coolness under enemy fire, leadership qualities displayed and the example he set to the men under his command is highly commended.

British Empire Medal (BEM), Military Division

H6817 Serjeant George John Gardiner

On the 21 February 1944 this non-commisioned officer was in charge of a squad carrying out grenade training in a chalk pit. The men were engaged in cleaning and priming grenades to be thrown later. Several grenades had been primed, ready for throwing when one man mistakenly pulled the pin on one of them. Upon realizing what he had done he dropped the grenade and gave the alarm. Sergeant Gardiner, seeing the grenade smoking and realizing an explosion was imminent, with great presence of mind and complete disregard for his own safety, rushed forward, picked up the grenade and managed to throw it clear of the pit where it immediately burst in the air. It is considered that this non-commisioned officer by his prompt and courageous action prevented detonation of the other grenades in the pit and fatalities or serious injuries among the members of his party.

Initially turned down by the Awards Committee (Overseas) who thought the act would be more properly recognized by a Commendation for Gallantry.

Maj-General HFG Letson did not concur, feeling the act was well within the terms of reference for the BEM and the matter was submitted to the Awards Coordination Committee for consideration.

The Awards Coordination Committee concurred and the recommendation was submitted, recommended for approval by Letson.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27537 Corporal Bartley, Roy Ellison

On the morning of 6 June 1944 during the assault on the beaches, Cpl Bartley with approximately four men left in his platoon collected them together while under heavy fire from the beach and led them through L/Sjt Armstrong's position into the houses in the beach area.  While he was crossing a flat, open space he found that his LMG did not fire because of exposure to sand and sea water.  Laying in an open area he coolly and collectively stripped and cleaned his LMG, re-opened fire and successfully continued to move forward.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27848 Serjeant Ronald Wellington Britten

On the night of 14 June 1944, the unit vehicle and stores park, which was located in a courtyard surrounded by brick buildings, received direct hits from enemy mortar fire, resulting in serious fires among the vehicles and stores, including ammunition.

In the ensuing fires, Sjt Britten remained on hand and within the enclosure and due largely to his assistance given amid exploding ammunition boxes and petrol tanks, a number of the vehicles with stores were driven safely outside and saved from destruction.  He only ceased his efforts when it was obvious that all which could be saved had been removed.  During the entire action, Sjt Britten worked without regard to his personal safety.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Major Douglas Gordon Brown (Periodic MiD)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27409 Rifleman John Byzick (Originally recommended for MM, downgraded to MiD)

L27409 Rfn Byzick at about 1000 hours on the morning of 8 June 1944 at Norrey-en-Bessin, 'C' Coy HQ to which Rfn Byzick was attached as a medical orderly was subjected to a lengthy and heavy concentration of fire by 88mm guns.  Most of Coy HQ were in the open preparing and improving the defences, and the first round which fell about 10 yards from the HQ killed two men and wounded four.

Rfn Byzick immediately went to their assistance and under continued artillery fire and without regard for his personal safety successfully dressed their wounds and assisted by Coy HQ's personnel got them into comparative safety under cover.  Throughout this incident which lasted for some twenty minutes, Rfn Byzick displayed a calmness and devotion to duty of the highest character.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Major Melvin Rexford Douglas

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27140 Warrant Officer Class I (RSM) Walter Arthur Edwards (Periodic MiD for Outstanding Good Service for period Feb 45 to Apr 45)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27465 Corporal Ray Liellien Fortner (Periodic MiD for period Nov 44 to Jan 45)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Captain Edward Arthur Fowle (Periodic MiD for Outstanding Good Service for period Feb 45 to Apr 45)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Lieutenant Colonel Allan Stewart Gregory

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27630 Lance Serjeant Wilfred Norton Hicks (Originally recommended for DCM, downgraded to MiD presumably as a result of his death due to wounds)

L27630 L/Sjt W. N. Hicks at first light 9 June 1944 at Norrey-en-Bessin .  'C' Coy was attacked in a determined manner by a force of infantry estimated at one and a half companies, supported by MG's, mortars and arty fire.  #13 Platoon in which L/Sjt Hicks was a section commander received the brunt of this attack.

The enemy infantry attacked through a field of standing wheat and succeeded in reaching the platoon position before being beaten off, after having suffered heavy casualties following the first assault the enemy withdrew and reformed for a second attempt which was again repelled by our small arms fire.  After a further period of reorganization and exchange of fire the enemy eventually withdrew leaving behind a large number of dead.

These assaults were repelled mainly by the determined and accurate small arms fire of the defenders, L/Sjt Hicks' section being particularly effective owing to their favourable position and a borrowed Browning MG which was used in addition to their own LMG.  In the first assault L/Sjt Hicks received three flesh wounds and a fourth grazing his head and momentarily stunning him.  In spite of these injuries L/Sjt Hicks refused medical attention and continued to control the fire of his section and in the end manned the Browning himself.  Displaying greatest determination and inflicting considerable damage to the attacking forces.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Carrick Howat  (Periodic MiD)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27947 Serjeant Archibald Herbert John James (Recommendation noted 'for gallant and outstanding action during the assault across the Leopold Canal, 6-10 Oct 44', but that only MiD can be considered as a result of his death)

It is respectfully recommended that Serjeant AHJ James be considered for a meritorious award for consistent and continual devotion to duty beyond his normal requirements.

On D+3 Serjeant James, acting as Mobile Fire Controller for his section of mortars supporting 'B' Company in the Bretteville battle was about throughout the fighting in order to direct his fire on the enemy.  He fired 500 bombs per mortar in one day of firing at a range of 300 yards, 50 yards ahead of the company where the enemy were attacking.  He himself was amongst these enemy.  The company held its ground and the attacks by the enemy were broken up.

At one time the enemy overran his OP and it was used by the enemy as a command post.  Serjeant James who was always alone, moved to a nearby tree which he climbed and mortared the enemy command post causing considerable damage to the personnel there as borne out by their screams.

At the Abbay near St. Germain on 29 June Serjeant James advanced with 'C' Company which got to the position but were pulled out as they could not get the position taken.  Sjt James did not withdraw but remained to direct his fire in order that a larger attack could be formed up in our rear under cover of his fire.

At Laval just before Falaise, under very heavy shell fire Serjeant James left his shelter which had been hit with direct hits to cross open ground under very heavy shelling to carry in a wounded man.  He took this action on his own initiative.

On the morning of 6 October Serjeant James was with the leading company to establish the Leopold Canal bridgehead.  He gave one order only as he was seriously wounded in the early hours of the morning, consequntly dying on 9 Oct as a result of wounds.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27054 Warrant Officer Class II (CQMS) Joseph Stanley Jean (Originally  recommended for Periodic BEM, downgraded to MiD)

L27054 Company Quartermaster Serjeant Joseph Stanley Jean during operations in Belgium and Holland has ensured that ammunition, weapons, rations or water has been available to his company in the required quantities despite shell fire, weather or ground obstacles.

His enthusiasm and cheerfulness in every phase of his duties has always been a morale booster to the men in his company, especially when the going was tough.  His willingness to undertake any task and his ability to do it well made it easier for the company to function efficiently and so carry out the tasks given to it during a difficult period in the campaign.

This NCO has seen continuous service with his regiment since the landing on 6 June 1944.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

B45104 Acting Corporal Charles Roland Kelly (Originally recommended for Immediate MM, downgraded to MiD)

On the night of 29/30 March 1945 the 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment was ordered to capture the town of Emmerich, Germany.  'A' Company was to clear the south half of the town.  9 Platoon was the left forward platoon and on reaching a point 150 yards short of their objective, strong opposition was met from a small group of buildings, heavily fortified by means of fire positions in the rubble.

Acting Corporal Charles Roland Kelly was section commander of number 8 section.  Under heavy machine gun fire, A/Cpl Kelly led the section right up to the building he had been ordered to attack.  On finding all entrances strongly barricaded, he personally and with great daring, led his section in an attempt to break in a door.  At this time, the enemy began dropping grenades and firing panzerfausts from the upper floors of the houses, killing two of his section, one of which was a PIAT number.  A/Cpl Kelly took the PIAT, calmly loaded it while under fire and with no cover, fired at the barricaded door.  A panzerfaust landed near him, blowing the weapon out of his hand and damaging it.  When this happened, he ordered the remainder of his section to withdraw as his platoon commander was shouting at him that he must come back.

The actions of A/Cpl Kelly in refusing to be denied taking the enemy position, even after suffering casualties and outnumbered by the enemy are in the highest tradition of this regiment and the Canadian Army.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27983 Lance Serjeant Lester Gilbert Klughart (Recommendation noted 'for gallant and outstanding action during the assault across the Leopold Canal, 6-10 Oct 44')

On the night of 9/10 October 1944, the 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment held a bridgehead across the Leopold Canal.  On this night the Carrier Platoon were ordered to take up a position on the south bank of the canal to support the rifle companies across the canal, to ferry ammunition and supplies across and also to evacuate the casualties during the numerous counter-attacks which were put in by the enemy.

L/Sjt Klughart was the NCO in charge of the rowing parties on the the night of 9/10 October 1944.  During the night, the enemy mortared the canal steadily with very heavy fire at times, and with complete disregard for his own safety, L/Sjt Klughart lead each rowing party across the canal.

Thus the outstanding leadership and example of this NCO succeeded in the rifle companies getting the much needed ammunition and the evacuation of the many casualties.  Due to this NCO, the rifle companies were able to beat off the counter-attacks, thereby greatly contributing to the unit's success in holding the bridgehead across the Leopold Canal.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Captain Eric Charles Luxton (Periodic MiD)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27110 Warrant Officer Class II (CSM) Jack Alexander Nelson (Periodic MiD for period Nov 44 to Jan 45)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L103196 Acting Corporal Peter Osachuk (Perioic MiD for period Nov 44 to Jan 45)

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

H17362 Corporal William Ritchie

On 9 June 1944 at the Ferme de Cardonville, while his platoon position was being attacked by enemy tanks and while he was acting as Platoon Sjt, Cpl Ritchie single-handed, attacked an enemy tank with grenades in an effort to kill the tank commander, who had made an appearance through the turret of the tank.  He was successful in throwing one grenade at the tank but was shot down by MG fire from the tank in the attempt.  He is highly commended for his bravery, leadership and devotion to duty in setting an example for his men by walking into what he must have known was an almost hopeless task single-handed in order to allow the remainder of his men in the area to escape from the enemy danger area of the tank to a position of safety.  Cpl Ritchie was killed at the time.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27883 Corporal William James Shaw

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Captain Robert Gibson Shinnan

No Citation

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L27240 Acting Warrant Officer Class II (CSM) John Alexander Snyder

During the assault on D-Day this NCO led the remainder of his platoon consisting of approximately eight men forward through the block of houses leading A Coy through the village of Courseulles.  He directed the efforts of his men in cleaning out several sniper and LMG positions being forced to remain in open ground during the whole action as that he would be in position to direct it.  During this time, the coy was subjected to heavy mortar fire and grenades.  He made an excellent display of leadership and his bravery most certainly inspired the troops and the whole coy.

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

L102765 Acting Corporal Merle Jubert Undseth

On the night of 13/14 December 1945 Corporal Undseth's platoon was detailed as a fighting patrol to attack an enemy held farm and take prisoners.

His section divided into two fighting groups of four men with himself in charge of the complete section, this NCO skillfully moved his section, under heavy artillery barrage on the objective, down to within assaulting distance of the enemy held farm.  At this point, Cpl Undseth was severely wounded by machine gun fire.  In great pain and under extreme difficulty he nevertheless led his section into the enemy position and in an exemplary manner carried on leading until ordered by his platoon commander to move to a previously designated rendezvous. Before reaching this point, but only after making sure his section had reached comparative safety he asked for assistance being in the state of collapse.  This was the first indication the remainder of his men had that he had been wounded.  He refused to be carried out however until two other casualties in his section had been evacuated and the remainder of his men accounted for and on the move back to the platoon start line as ordered by his platoon commander.  As a result of this delay he was wounded again in two places by mortar shrapnel which landed not more than three feet from him.  It is worthy of note that he was the last wounded man in the platoon to reach the start line and medical attention.

The courageous and efficient manner in which this NCO carried out his orders and the very great devotion to duty and to the welfare of his men is worthy of recognition and high commendation.

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

H16033  Rifleman J. L. Bauman (For gallantry - June 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

Captain G. A. Cooper (For outstanding good service - August 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

L27380 Corporal R.A. Drinnan (For outstanding good service - September 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

Major L. K. Gass (For outstanding good service - October 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

Capt. A. C. V.  Hall (For outstanding good service - November 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

G22190 Acting Corporal A. T. Hickey (For gallantry - December 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

M101112 Rifleman M. Kotylak (For gallantry - February 1945)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

Captain H. S. Roberts (For outstanding good service - September 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

Lieutenant Raymond Robert Smith (For gallantry - June 1944)

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

L27267 Corporal G. W. Somerville (For gallantry - July 1944)

During attack by 'B' Coy, Regina Rif on farm buildings at Map Ref ?????? near Versainville, the company became pinned to the ground by 88mm fire and machine gun fire from tanks in and around the buildings.  The company managed to make the protection of a ditch 50 yards behind the buildings on its move forward.  The tanks opened point blank fire from the area of the buildings with both 88mm and MG's.  One section made a dash to the protection of the buildings but had no weapons with which to deal with the tanks.  Cpl Somerville took his section and a PIAT across the opening to the protection of the buildings during which time he was under heavy fire.  He then took the PIAT forward and knocked out a small tank whereupon the large tanks withdrew beyond range of the PIAT but sat covering the positions from the front.

Cpl Somerville's gallant actions in attacking the tank contributed greatly to the final success of the attack, in that it persuaded the large tanks, against which the Coy had no support, to withdraw.  His actions were undoubtedly responsible for saving the loss of many members of the company.  I felt that Cpl Somerville's leadership and personal bravery in this instance is of the highest order.  I wish to recommend him for an award for gallantry.

Commander in Chief's Certificate (CCC)

 L27835 Acting Warrant Officer Class II (CSM) E. S. Tenklei (For gallantry - March 1945)

Croix de Guerre with Vermillion Star (France)

Captain John Clealand Treleaven

On 6 June 1944 (D-Day) 'B' Company was left assaulting company touching down at H-Hour when 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment assaulted the beaches at Coursuelles-sur-Mer, France.

Captain (then Lieutenant) John Clealand Treleaven was the second senior subaltern of the company.  He lead his platoon off the beaches to their particular task of clearing the pillboxes in the sand dunes and then a section of the town itself.  These jobs were done quickly and efficiently.

Shortly after dark that night, the Company Commander and Second in Command of the company were killed.  The senior subaltern and the Company Serjeant Major were wounded and evacuated.  Captain (then Lieutenant) John Clealand Treleaven took over command of the company and reorganized it in preparation for the advance to the final objective at first light.  By noon on D+1 the company was consolidated on its objective at Bretteville L'Orgueilleuse, France in readiness for the coming counter attacks.  It was due entirely to Captain John Clealand Treleaven's ability and gallantry in very severe fighting, that 'B' Company was able to take its place in the Battalion position on time.

On 8 July 1944, 'B' Company's task in the attack by 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment on the Ancient Abbey north of Caen, France was to secure the first objective so that two other companies could pass through to the Abbey itself.  The company was heavily mortared in its assembly area and in the forming up position.  The company commander was wounded just as the company was to cross the start line.  Captain John Clealand Treleaven again took over command of the company when it was in a difficult position and due to his leadership the company took their objective enabling the other two companies to capture the Abbey.

Throughout the entire Normandy campaign Captain John Clealand Treleaven displayed outstanding leadership particularly when forced to take on heavy responsibilities when his company was in difficult situations.  Due to his excellent leadership, his determination to win the battle, and his complete disregard for his own safety, his company carried out efficiently, and in extremely adverse conditions, all the tasks assigned to it.

Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France)

L27240 Warrant Officer Class II (CSM) John Alexander Snyder

On 6 June 1944 (D-Day) at Coursuelles-sur-Mer, France, 'A' Company was right assaulting company, touching down at H Hour where 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment assaulted the beaches.  L27240 CSM (then Serjeant) John Alexander Snyder was commanding a platoon as the company was one officer under strength.  Very heavy machine gun fire from buildings on the promenade and a large pillbox at the mouth of the river swept the whole company beach and caused severe casualties.

L27240 CSM (then Serjeant) John Alexander Snyder seeing that to hesitate would only cause more casualties, led the balance of his platoon across the open beach into the protection of the sand dunes.  He then proceeded to carry out the task given his platoon by personally leading his men along the edge of the promenade to the buildings where the machine guns were situated and silencing them.

L27240 CSM (then Serjeant) John Alexander Snyder was promoted Company Serjeant Major, in which capacity he continues to display outstanding leadership and personal bravery.  On 15 August 1944 at Falaise, France 'A' Company in an attack ran into strong opposition in the form of dug-in enemy tanks.  In the face of concentrated mortar and machine gun fire he personally took the message to all platoons to form up for another attack on a different axis.  His gallantry and leadership did much to make the attack a success.

His many examples of leadership and courage, until he was wounded, were an inspiration to the men who served under him.

Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France)

L27610 Corporal William Henry Edwards

On 6 June 1944 at Coursuelles-sur-Mer, France during D-Day assault of the beaches by 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment, L27610 Cpl William Henry Edwards landed as Signal NCO in charge of the line party.  To keep all companies in contact with battalion headquarters by telephone was his responsibility.

On D+1 the Regiment took up a defensive position on its final objective at Bretteville L'Orgueilleuse, France.  During the following eleven days L27610 Cpl William Henry Edwards led his line party by day and by night to all companies repairing, laying and relaying line.  There were many enemy snipers in the area, but by using various routes along hedges and walls this NCO managed to maintain line communication for the great majority of the time.

On the night of 8/9 June 1944 the enemy attacked with tanks.  Coming from the flank the tanks cut in between the forward companies and battalion headquarters and severed the lines at a critical time.  Without hesitation L27610 Cpl William Henry Edwards led his line party out to repair the damaged lines although in danger of being ambushed or cut off at any moment.  While tracing the line to the most forward company the party was shot at by an enemy tank.  The other two men were killed but L27610 Cpl William Henry Edwards managed to escape by crawling through a hedge.  He finished tracing the line and repaired it.

Through the month of June, July and August 1944 while his Regiment held a defensive position at La Villeneuve, France, attacked the Ancient Abbey north of Caen, France, crossed the River Orne at Caen, France, battled for the high ground north of Falaise, France and crossed the River Seine at Elbeuf, France, L27610 Cpl Willaim Henry Edwards with great gallantry, led his line party across difficult country, over rivers and through enemy snipers to ensure communication from battalion headquarters to all the companies to enable them to fight efficiently.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown with Palm and Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium)

Major Melvin Rexford Douglas*

Major Melvin Rexford Douglas led his company up to the Start Point on the Leopold Canal at approximately 0500 hours on 6 October 1944 where the leading companies were held up due to heavy enemy machine gun and mortar fire from the opposite bank.

He made a hurried reconnaissance and personally directed PIAT fire at an enemy pillbox which neutralized the enemy fire allowing his leading platoon to get across the canal.

He then gathered up the remainder of his company which had been badly battered by enemy mortar fire and led them across the canal. He so skillfully deployed his company that he was able to capture the enemy pillbox on the left flank, approximately 100 yards down the bank which later on in the battle proved to be a major factor in the success of the battle.

Throughout countless heavy enemy counter-attacks during the next several days, Major Douglas remained with the forward elements of his company and personally directed the battle as the senior NCOs of his company were completely wiped out as were most of his junior NCOs, 3 being left. On numerous occasions it was necessary for him to be engaged in hand to hand fighting.

Although his company was very badly depleted, his fine courage and magnificent leadership kept the men fighting for days, with the ultimate result that the pillbox was held and the small bridgehead eventually expanded.

Through this officer's example and rugged devotion to duty the success of the battle of the Leopold Canal was assured, and his actions materially contributed to the ultimate liberation of Belgium.

Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium)

L22633 Rifleman Julien Buschta

L22633 Rfn Julien Buschta landed on D-Day with the 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment.  He has served since that time as a Signals Despatch rider.

Through Belgium and into Holland this soldier has delivered important messages night and day under hazardous and trying conditions.  Many of his runs have been made under direct enemy observation and fire.

At the Leopold Canal, Belgium this soldier displayed great valour and fortitude and in no small way contributed to the success of this action, which ultimately led to the total successful liberation of Belgium.

Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium)

L27983 Serjeant Lester Gilbert Klughart*

L.27983 Serjeant Lester Gilbert Klughart, in the assault across the Leopold Canal on 6 October 1944, was a section leader of a carrier section supporting the leading company across the Canal. Only through great determination and leadership on his part was the leading company able to cross the Canal and gain a foothold on the other side.

For the next six days whilst the companies clung to the far side of the bank, Serjeant Klughart was detailed with his section to take ammunition, weapons, rations, etc., in sufficient quantities across the canal to the rifle companies. This Non-Commissioned Officer led his men night and day ferrying equipment across in assault boats and returning with casualties. Although completely exhausted he gave no thought to himself; his only thought being the necessary equipment required by the sorely tried companies on the other side.

Apart from this Serjeant Klughart moved another section of carriers along the Canal on the left flank and gave continuous fire support to the left flank company which was receiving the majority of counter-attacks from the enemy. This quick thinking and initiative on the part of this Non-Commissioned Officer enabled the left flank company to hold on and thus turn possible failure into success.

Serjeant Klughart has always been held in the highest esteem by his men and platoon officers and his remarkable courage and leadership undoubtedly materially assisted in the successful holding of the bridgehead. By his actions he materially contributed to the ultimate liberation of Belgium.

Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium)

C79340 Serjeant William Huntley Taylor

C79430 Serjeant Huntley Taylor came to 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment at the Leopold Canal, Belgium in October 1944.  He immediately distinguished himself in the heavy fighting by his intrepid leadership and calm courage when he took over from his wounded platoon commander under heavy enemy fire.  The tenacity he exhibited in holding on to the ground gained under repeated counter attacks materially assisted toward the ultimate liberation of Belgium.

He has served since that time in every action except for a short period when he was evacuated wounded.  On many occasions he has commanded a platoon and during the last bitter months of fighting he acted in the capacity of Company Serjeant Major.

This NCO always displayed great courage and cheerfulness throughout the Belgian Campaign.  His devotion has often been beyond the call of duty.

Bronze Lion (Holland)

Major Douglas Gordon Brown*

Major Douglas Gordon Brown was in command of "D" Company, 1st Battalion The Regina Rifles Regiment, in the push out from Nijmegen to Zyfflich. His Company was water-borne during the attack and although coming under enemy fire this officer led his men with such efficiency and daring that the enemy positions in and around his objective were completely overrun with a few casualties to themselves, and the result that a large number of prisoners were taken and the Company objective captured.

Again at Wehl, Holland, this officer with his Company was ordered to take and seize the railroad crossing before the town itself. Although at night and coming under direct enemy machine gun and mortar fire he personally led his men to their objective. At this point another company from the Battalion passed through "D" Company but was held up by very strong opposition in the town itself which resulted in bitter street fighting. Major Brown again was ordered to push forward and secure the remainder of the town. This he succeeded in doing after four hours of house to house battling. Due to this officer's coolness under fire and his qualities of leadership the town fell soon after.

At Deventer, which was a strong point of the enemy, 1st Battalion The Regina Rifle Regiment were ordered to do a right flanking movement, cutting off the town. Again Major Brown, supported by tanks and flame throwers led his Company against enemy paratroops and succeeded in very quickly seizing his objective leading to a danger of the enemy being cut off from behind. This led to their withdrawal from Deventer.

Major Brown, through his exploitation of success succeeded in helping to speed up the final collapse of the enemy wherever this Battalion was fighting. His devotion to duty and sense of responsibility have been outstanding at all times.

Bronze Cross (Holland)

L27140 Warrant Officer Class I (RSM) Walter Arthur Edwards*

Regimental Sergeant-Major Walter Arthur Edwards has fought with 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment since 6 June 1944, his duties as Regimental Sergeant-Major have been at all times carried out efficiently. His main task being the supply of ammunition, his ingenuity came to the forefront in the battles in Holland.

Under very adverse conditions of weather and flooding, this Warrant Officer with disregard for his own safety many times succeeded in supplying the battalion with ammunition when it seemed impossible.

During the operations around Zifflich it was necessary for him to make many trips under hazardous conditions across large stretches of flooded area to bring forward ammunition. His efficiency in preserving his cargo from the elements cannot be too highly praised.

To this Warrant Officer's devotion to duty and own personal valour must go much of the credit for success of the battalion. Never once during these difficult campaigns of mud and water did he fail to bring up and supply the front line troops with ammunition, many times personally delivering it himself.

Bronze Cross (Holland)

L27120 Corporal Cecil Gugins*

In the adverse conditions the Regiment met in Holland this Non-Commissioned Officer was an inspiring example to his detachment. At such places as Zyfflich, he had the difficult task of laying line. Time after time during this operation, not withstanding heavy enemy fire, most of the time under direct enemy observation he repaired telephone line and kept communications open when it seemed impossible to do so.

Throughout the campaign in Holland Corporal Gugins has displayed great personal valour, ingenuity, and at times utter disregard for his own safety. His devotion has been at many times beyond the call of duty.

Bronze Cross (Holland)

L28291 Lance Serjeant Alexander Joseph Mishak*

Lance-Serjeant Alexander Joseph Mishak, having been wounded while landing in France on "D" Day, returned to the unit to take part in the final push in Holland.

He fought excellently and well in such places as Zifflich, Wehl, Deventer and did marvellous work along the northern coast as the Regiment pushed towards Delfzijl. At many times this Non-Commisioned Officer has commanded a platoon and carried out his duties in this capacity in outstanding fashion.

During the battle for Wehl, Holland, acting as Platoon Commander he, despite heavy enemy opposition led his men to their objective suffering very few casualties due only to his inspiring leadership.

Throughout the entire campaign Lance-Serjeant Mishak has conducted himself in such a manner as to inspire those who served under him. His displays of personal valour, exceptional cheerfulness and great devotion to duty have won him their admiration and respect.

Bronze Cross (Holland)

Captain John Sumner Nelles*

Captain John Sumner Nelles in the final plunge out from Nijmegen after months of holding in the line was in command of Support Company, 1st Battalion, the Regina Rifles Regiment.

In the push to Zifflich although much of the traveling was by water he always succeeded in bringing up his supporting arms regardless of the hazards and difficulties. It was through his efforts that often when the battalion had seized their objective, they were quickly able to consolidate the position with the aid of our support weapons.

This officer commanded and led the Support Company throughout the campaign in Holland without a break, beginning in Nijmegen, he fought at Zifflich, Wehl, Deventer, Zwolle, Meppel, Delfzijl and many other points.

His use of the carrier platoon at this stage in the fighting helped greatly in the final pushing of the enemy from Holland. Time and time again the carriers uprooted the enemy concentrations and thus the supporting arms were able to bring accurate fire on them.

Captain Nelles led and inspired his men at all times in the difficult task of bringing support weapons such as anti-tank guns and mortars up close behind the line companies. His devotion to duty and responsibility were outstanding. His handling of Support Company in a campaign such as was fought in Holland was a great asset in the battalion successes.

Bronze Cross (Holland)

H103555 Rifleman Oliver Frank Walsh*

Rifleman Oliver Frank Walsh landed with the first wave of assault troops on D-Day 6 June 1944. He has fought ably through all the campaign. While fighting the final campaign in Holland and taking part in the push from Nijimegen, this Rifleman excelled himself as a company runner. Time and time again he ran from one platoon to another, his sense of duty and courage under all conditions were a stimulant to the men who served with him. He never failed in contacting platoons regardless of the difficulties confronting him. His cheerfulness in the face of great danger was particularly outstanding and in the success of the company in all operations he deserves much credit.