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Commemoration - Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Type: Document

Many of those whose lives were claimed by the Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence have no known grave. Their lives, and their sacrifices, are commemorated on Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials on both sides of the Atlantic. This website gives account of these memorials and awards.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Cost of War - Battle of the Atlantic

Type: Document

The Battle of the Atlantic was a decisive struggle that was won, just in time, with massive help from Canada--from its navy, from its airmen, from its merchant marine and from its civilian population. This document presents the cost of this victory in terms of human lives lost and describes the sacrifice of RCAF Flight-Lieutenant David Hornell, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Efficiency and Long Service Decorations and Medals

Type: Document

Military personnel who chose to serve in the armed forces for long periods of time are awarded these medals. There are different medals for the various branches and for different periods in history. Small photos are provided along side the information.

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Silver Cross Mother

Type: Document

For every casualty of war there are loved ones left behind. Each year one Canadian mother who has lost a child in armed conflict is awarded the Silver (Memorial) Cross. Here is a list of some mothers who have been given this distinction.

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Greyeyes

Type: Document

During his six-year term in the Canadian Army, David Georges Greyeyes served in seven European countries and assumed a variety of increasingly demanding military roles.Greyeyes served on the battlefield as a platoon commander with the Saskatoon Light Infantry (SLI) (MG) and earned the Greek Military Cross (third class) for valour for his help in supporting the Greek Mountain Brigade during the Italian Campaign.

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Two Brave "Van Doos"

Type: Document

In February 1918, 20-year-old Private William Cleary, volunteered to join a raiding party headed for an enemy trench near Lens, France. After the raid, Cleary decided to return to the enemy position and, with help from three others, brought back two missing wounded men, who had previously been left behind. On August 15, 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Hill 70 in France, Private Joseph Roussin merited his medal for carrying out a successful solo attack against eight enemy soldiers.

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Second World War

Type: Document

Table of contents page for resources about the history of the Second World War, 1939-1945. Each link leads to information on Canada's involvement in that war.

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Index of Canadian Military Medals and Decorations

Type: Document

Here one can find a complete list of all medals and decorations awarded by the British Empire (to residents of its colonies) and the Canadian Government. This list provides links to more in depth information on these awards.

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Closing the Gap - Normandy 1944

Type: Document

An account of the Canadians' role in closing the Falaise Gap, the German line of retreat in Normandy, France. Major David Currie, commander of the South Alberta Regiment, was later awarded a Victoria Cross for his courage and devotion to duty during this crucial battle.

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Sharpshooter: Henry Norwest

Type: Document

One of the most famous Canadian snipers in the First World War was a Métis marksman who went by the name of Henry Louis Norwestformer. He merited the Military Medal and bar, making him one of roughly 830 members of the CEF to be awarded this double honour.

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