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Description List of men who served between June 6 1944 and May 8 1945 with the QOR of C from Upper Canada College Cadets. Framed in black frame. (Transcribed fully in Notes).
Catalog Number 04271
Object Name List
Year Range from 1944
Year Range to 1945
Search Terms World War, 1939-1945
Upper Canada College
Condition Excellent
Event World War II
People Dunkelman, B.
Elliott, C.F.
Gordon, J.N.
Medland, R.D.
Mills, J.I.
Hamilton, D.B.
Martin, F.L.J.
Owen, David D.
Sawyer, R.W.
Staunton, T.A.
Stewart, W.D.
Waldie, I.S.
Campbell, W.R.
Chambers, G.D.
Fleming, R.
Jackson, J.D.
Lea, E.R.
Riddle, J.A.
Turnbull, N.J.
Welch, E.A.
Notes The affiliation between the Upper Canada College Cadets and the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada predates Confederation. A General Military Order of January, 1866, authorized the formation of a volunteer company at Toronto to be attached to the 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Rifles and to be called the Upper Canada College Rifle Company.

At the time of the Fenian Raids the Upper Canada Company was called on active service to perform sentry duty at vulnerable points throughout the City of Toronto. This was in June of 1866. Since such date scores of Upper Canada College Old Boys have rendered distinguished service with the Regiment through two world wars and up to the present time with Canada's Active Militia.

When the Allied Forces attacked North West Europe on "D" Day, the 6th of June, 1944, the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada 1st Battalion was in the 8th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, part of 21st Army Group commanded by General Sir Bernard Montgomery.

The following twenty Old Boys of U.C.C. (named with then current ranks) served with the Q.O.R. of C. in action between the 6th of June, 1944 and "VE" Day, the 8th of May, 1945. Many others served on staff and in other theaters.

Major B. Dunkelman, D.S.O.
Major H. C. F. Elliott
Major J. N. Gordon, D.S.O.
Major R. D. Medland, D.S.O., Croix de Guerre
Major J. I. Mills
Captain D. B. Hamilton
Captain F. L. J. Martin
*Captain David D. Owen
*Captain R. W. Sawyer
Captain T. A. Staunton
*Captain W. D. Stewart
Captain I. S. Waldie
Lieut. W. R. Campbell
Lieut. G. D. Chambers
*Lieut. R. Fleming
*Lieut. J. D. Jackson
Lieut. E. R. Lea
Lieut. J. A. Riddle
Lieut. N. J. Turnbull
Lieut. E. A. Welch

*Killed in action

The story of the assault on Normandy's beaches was written by Captain S. C. Biggs in an attempt to record the stirring deeds of all ranks on that memorable day. The photoprint is of the painting hanging in the Mess of the Queen's Own Rifles in Toronto. On the military map only German guns of 75 mm and over are shown.

The endorsement by Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, K.G., G.C.B., D.S.O. was made when he attended the Celebrations of the Regiment's 100th Anniversary on the 26th of April, 1960, at Toronto.

On this occasion the Upper Canada College Cadet Battalion formed a Guard of Honour at the College for the dedication of these new Main Doors by Field Marshal Montgomery and later took part in the Regimental parade and march past at St. Paul's Church on Sunday, the 27th of April, 1960.