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Dutch awards to Canadians for World War II

Adair - Arseneault

Adair, James Douglas

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Trooper (M101911), 1st Canadian Corps, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, 5th Canadian Armoured Brigade, 2nd Canadian Armoured Regiment, (Lord Strathcona Horse)(Royal Canadians)
   Recommendation:

On 17 April 1945, during the advance from BARNEVELD to NIJKERK, 2 Canadian Armoured Regiment (Lord Strathcona Horse) met very strong opposition at a cross roads about five miles SOUTH of NIJKERK. In trying to find a weak spot in this defensive locality three tanks were destroyed by armoured piercing fire. Intense mortar and small arms fire prevented unit stretcher bearers from evacuating the injured crew members from the knocked out tanks.
Trooper ADAIR established a small Regimental Aid Post in a house near the cross roads to care for the wounded. In the face of very heavy mortar fire in that area of the house and the knocked out tanks and direct small arms fire from enemy infantry positions Trooper ADAIR made a number of trips over open ground to bring in wounded man and to dress their wounds. In one particular instance a sergeant was wounded and lost the lower half of his leg. Trooper ADAIR dressed the sergeantís wound and dragged and carried him to the Regimental Aid Post over several hundred yards of open country and across a road which was covered by enemy machine gun fire. Trooper ADAIRís conduct throughout operations in the NETHERLANDS has been worthy of the highest praise and in this particular action his gallantry under fire in successfully evacuating his comrades was in keeping with the finest traditions of the Army.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 238 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Adam, John Stronach

Known awards: OBE,ED,ON.3x

Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Colonel, Canadian Infantry Corps

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Addie, Gordon Rennie

Born 1905.
Known awards: ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Honorary Major, Reverend Canon (Anglican), Canadian Chaplain Services, 4 Canadian Armoured Division
   Recommendation:

Honorary Major Addie was Senior Chaplain (Protestant), 4 Canadian Armoured Division when this formation landed in Normandy and he continued in that capacity throughout the fighting in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was wounded in August 1944 in Normandy but returned to the division from hospital and was Senior Chaplain (Protestant) during the entire Netherlands campaign. Honorary Major Addie supervised the work of all Protestant chaplains in the division and coordinated all matters of policy to do with the ministering to the spiritual needs of the division. Under his able administration all units in the formation were covered by chaplains at all times. He was constantly visiting the forward troops when they were in action, encouraging his chaplains in their work when the going was hardest and ministering to the sick and wounded. When relief of a unit chaplain was necessary, Honorary Major Addie always went himself until a replacement could be sent forward from the base area. In the fighting around Bergen op Zoom and on the Maas River he was always to be found in the forward areas and his cheerful disposition and personal courage was a fine example to all with whom he came in contact. This officer was fearless under fire and served the spiritual needs of his units well and faithfully. He was minister, friend and counsellor to all ranks and never spared himself to meet their needs and difficulties.

   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Affleck, J.R.

Known awards: DSO,DFC,AFM,VK

Vliegerkruis
Flying Cross
   Royal Decree no. 27 of 3 July, 1945
   Acting Flight Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Air Force

Source: Meijer et al. (1997), p. 164,228

Alford, Harold

Kruis van Verdienste
Cross of Merit
   Royal Decree of no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lance-Sergeant (B34535), Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden in verband met de vijandelijke actie door moedig en beleidvol optreden.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H.J. Huisman

Allan, Norman

Known awards: ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Allard, Jean Victor

Born in St-Monique de Nicolet, Quebec, on 12 June 1913. Died in Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec, on 23 April 1996.
Commanding Officer of the London Yeomanry, 1940-1941; Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston, 1941-1942 (Instructor, 1942); Officer (Major) at HQ, 5th Canadian Armoured Div. & 1st Canadian Corps, 1943; second in command: Régiment de la Chaudière & Royal 22e Régiment, 1943 (Italy); Lt≠Col 1944; CO Royal 22e Régiment; Brig. 1945; Commander 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1945 (Holland); July 1966 General ; Chief of the Defence Staff ; retired 1969.
Known awards: GOQ,CC,CBE,DSO**,ED,CD,BL,LoM.?,EL.?,FCG,

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 28 of 26 July, 1948
   Acting Brigadier (ZD2295)

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 219 ; Canada Gazette of 14 August, 1948 ; with special thanks to J.N. Houterman

Allen, Gerald William

Known awards: KV

Kruis van Verdienste
Cross of Merit
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Private (C32091), Canadian Infantry Corps, Headquarters 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade
   Recommendation:

Private Allen was posted to Headquarters 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade early in the campaign in Europe. He was employed as runner for the operations staff from then until the cessation of hostilities. Among other duties this involved being able to contact all members of the staff and representatives of supporting arms at any time without delay. Allen made a point of doing this. He took pride in his ability to do so, to anticipate requirements and to get his job done quickly and well whether it appeared trivial or important. During the winter months in the operations near Nijmegen and Grosbeeck this usually involved long hours and a great deal of work in darkness and winter rain broken by periods of intermittent shelling and sniping. In the operation in Beveland and the advance into Holland to Groningen his work was carried out in a series of new and unfamiliar locations combined with constantly changing individuals representing the supporting arms.
Private Allen's ability to do all that was required of him without being told, his ready willingness to help the other fellow, his pleasing personality and his devotion to duty have earned him the admiration and respect of all officers and men with whom he worked.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden in verband met de vijandelijke actie door moedig en beleidvol optreden.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Anderson, Sydney Alexander

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant, Canadian Infantry Corps, Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)
   The recommendation reads as follows:

Lieutenant Anderson commanded a platoon in "C" Company of the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) during the campaign to free Holland. On several occasions he took over in difficult situations as second in command of his Company. During the fighting along the Maas River, constant patrols were necessary to gain information about the dispositions and strengths of the enemy. Lieutenant Anderson led at least ten of these dangerous sorties all of which resulted in the gaining of extremely useful information. On a further occasion Lieutenant Anderson was ordered to bring in prisoners. His patrol was ambushed and came under withering fire. However, with staunch leadership, coolness and presence of mind, he successfully extracted his patrol, without a casualty and succeeded in bringing back two prisoners. Lieutenant Anderson was twice wounded. His cheerfulness in working under the most trying and difficult fighting conditions, welded this particular sub unit into a strong fighting force required for such dangerous tasks in the operations along the Maas.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; Meijer (1990), p. 219 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Ansley, Harold Albert

Born in Thessalon, Ontario, on 21 October 1904.
Staff Officer to Civil Affairs, in charge of public health and liaison with civilian authorities in France, Belgium and Holland, May-Nov. 1944; Staff Officer in charge of Civil Affairs Public Health work at Canadian Army HQ in Holland, Nov. 1944-Jun 1945; Assistant Director of Medical Services (Director of Hygiene), Canadian Army HQ, Holland, Sept.-Nov. 1945.
Known awards: MID,ON.4x,SPF.3

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   ?
   Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

Source: Canada Gazette of 21 September, 1946 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday and J.N. Houterman

Appleton, Harry William Flintoff

Known awards: ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major, Canadian Armoured Corps

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Archambault, Lucien Anthone

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Battery Sergeant-Major (D250), 1st Canadian Corps, 2nd Canadian AGRA brigade, 4th Canadian Medical Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
   Recommendation:

Throughout operations in Holland from the Scheldt operations to the Nijmegen-Arnhem operation when the 4 Cdn Med Regt RCA was in support of the 101 US Airborne Division and on several occasions in the Loon up Zand sector, Battery Sergeant-Major Archambault displayed superb qualities in action. Always doing more that his duties called for he never hesitated to risk his life for the success of the operations of his battery. By his example and his conduct the morale and fighting spirit of this men were always kept at a high level. BSM Archambault has made a considerable contribution to the effectiveness of the unit during operations in Holland.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 238 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Archer, Frank Percy

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Craftsman (C1330), 3rd Canadian Infantry, 7th Canadian Light Recovery Section (Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 238

Arseneau, Harold Joseph (Harold John?)

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (G22414), 2nd Canadian Corps, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment (Canadian Infantry Corps)
   Recommendation:

Sergeant Harold Joseph ARSENEAU has served continuously since 6 JUNE 44 with the battalion.
He landed with an assault Company on 6 JUNE as a Corporal and fought all through the first month with a rifle company in charge of their signallers. During this whole period his work was outstanding under the most difficult conditions.
This NCO was then promoted to Sergeant of the Signal Platoon. This maintenance, training and upkeep of the Signal Platoon, during this period when casualties of specialist personnel were very high, was kept at an exceedingly good standard due to the unceasing efforts of this NCO.
Many times during battle this NCO has unhesitatingly done more than his duty demanded, often going himself to lay line across ground being swept by shell fire. The constant unselfish conduct and bravery of Sgt. ARSENEAU have been an inspiration and example to his subordinates.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 239 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Arseneault, Welly (Wilfrid?)

Killed in action near Zwolle (Netherlands) on 14 April 1945.
Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945 (posthume)
   Corporal (E10510), Candian Infantry Corps, Le Regiment de la Chaudiere
   Recommendation:

On the 14 April 1945, Le Regiment de la Chaudiere was deployed on the south and east of Zwolle, Netherlands. During the night 14/15 April, Corporal Arseneault displayed a high standard of bravery, devotion to duty and utmost gallantry, paying the supreme sacrifice.
To ascertain the exact location of enemy defences was necessary in order to save as many Dutch lives as was possible. This gallant Non-Commissioned Officer volunteered to go with another soldier on reconnaissance. Near the town, an enemy outpost was found manned by four Germans. Ordering his companion to take cover, this brave Non-Commissioned Officer charged the position alone, being mortally wounded doing so, but keeping on firing until he had no more ammunition. He personally killed two Germans and wounded another before he died. The enemy outpost was routed and his companion went on alone to finish the task.
The utmost gallantry, personal bravery and high standard of devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Arseneault were an inspiration to all, and were instrumental in the capture of Zwolle on the morning of the 15 April 1945, without a civilian casualty.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden, waarbij zij zelf het leven hebben gelaten.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 219 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday