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Beck, Clifford Anthony

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant, Highland Light Infantry of Canada

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 219

Belland, Louis Alfred

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Company Quartermaster Sergeant (A22605), 2nd Canadian Corps, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Canadian Infantry Corps (Essex Scottish)
   The recommendation reads as follows:

During the heaviest fighting in the attack on PUTTE, HOLLAND on 4th October 1944, the two leading platoons of “A” Company, The Essex Scottish Regiment ran into stiff enemy opposition in the northwest part of the town. Owing to the confused nature of the fighting at the time, artillery fire could not be called down.
Company Quartermaster Sergeant (then Sergeant) BELLAND, was ordered by “A” Company Commander to take his section of anti-tank guns and fire point blank as rapidly as possible at the enemy position. Sergeant BELLAND succeeded in getting his guns forward to a position within three hundred yards of the enemy. From this exposed position under intense enemy small arms fire he brought very strong fire to bear on the enemy. The action was as skilful as it was gallant, and the surprising weight of the antitank gun fire brought down by Sergeant BELLAND caused the enemy to retreat in hasty confusion allowing the infantry to close on the town with very few casualties.

   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. 240 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Bennett, James Vernon

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Company Sergeant-Major (H46055), 2nd Canadian Corps, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade, Lake Superior Regiment
   Recommendation:

CSM Bennett was platoon Sgt of the Scout Platoon of “C” Coy of the Lake Sup R(Mot) during all the fighting in Holland. In the action at WOUWSCHE HIL EAST of BERGEN OP ZOOM, CSM Bennett was ordered to make a night attack on an enemy position which was holding up the advance. Tracer and incendiary ammunition from his own fire lit the surrounding area and made the attack more difficult. The light, on several accessions, revealed teller mines on the road directly in the path of the advancing troops. Appreciating the difficult situation and that the attack must go in, CSM Bennett took over a browning .50 and after attending to the safety of his men proceeded forward and blew up the mines by shooting at them with his weapon. The advance then continued. This action on the part of CSM Bennett, not only maintained the momentum of the attack but opened the road for the armour which followed, allowing the column to later cut the main enemy line of retreat. This quick clear thinking and daring leadership was exemplary and materially aided the clearing of the enemy from that sector of 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. 240 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Bentley, George Whitfield

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Bombardier (F14235), 1st Canadian Infantry Division, 1st Canadian Medium Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
   Recommendation:

Bombardier George William Bentley was in charge of the line party at the time when 1 Canadian Medium Regiment, in close support of the 49 (West Riding) Infantry Division (British) was ordered to cross the NEDER RIJN and take ARNHEM.
On 12 April 1945 the unit was given twenty minutes to register a target which had just been revealed and which might lead to the success of the operation if engaged immediately.
During registration, heavy concentrations of enemy shell fire fell around HUISSEN map reference 7672 destroying the line communication. Bombardier Bentley, regardless of danger to himself, replaced 50 yards of line, re-establishing communications and thus permitting the registration to be completed. The target was subsequently engaged in the fire plan and completely neutralized.
This incident is one of many in which this non commissioned officer has shown a devotion to duty of highest order. His conscientiousness and dependability were constant factors in the many tasks allotted to him and all his duties were carried out promptly, and efficiently regardless of the discomfort, danger or strain involved.

   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. 240 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Bergeron, George Ernest

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945 (posthume)
   Acting Major, Canadian Infantry Corps
   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. 220 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Bergmann, Walter Kenneth

Known awards: S3945,IS,FGS,DM,CVSM*,WM2,BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lance-Sergeant (L1443), 1st Battalion, The Saskatchewan Light Infantry
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 220 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; medals sold at eBay in February 2006

Bird, Howard Edward

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (C20691), 2nd Canadian Corps, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG), Canadian Infantry Corps
   Recommendation:

Sgt. Howard Edward Bird commanded #2 section of #5 pl, A coy, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M) from D Day 6 Jun 44, until the end of hostilities 8 May 45. Throughout Sjt Bird’s service with A Coy he constantly displayed great personal courage, and magnificent leadership. This NCO, by his fearless actions, created an esprit de crops within his Section that proved a source of strength under the most trying conditions. His men would follow him anywhere. Not once throughout the campaigns in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany did Sjt Bird’s Section falter of fail. On the contrary they always displayed a keen offensive spirit, a spirit which in large part was created by their sjts example. On 17 April 1945 “A” Company was containing the enemy along the line of the Ijssel River near the town of Wijhe, Holland. Sjt Brid and two men from his section were given the task to patrolling across the Ijsel for the purpose of ascertaining the strength and disposition of the enemy troops opposite #5 Platoons position. Under cover of darkness Sjt Bird and his party slipped across the river. Having successfully penetrated the enemy lines Sjt Bird pushed on a distance of 5 miles to the North-West of the river. Here he decided to investigate a farm-house which showed signs of military occupation. Going forward alone Sjt Bird entered the house and found it occupied by four German soldiers. These he quickly disarmed and took prisoner, and brought them back through the enemy lines, across the river, and into #5 Platoon position. These prisoners together with Sjt Bird’s report yielded valuable information concerning the enemy’s positions. This is one example of the initiative and personal courage which were the price characteristics of this NCO.

   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. 241 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Blain, Gaston

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Private (D57365), 1st Canadian Corps, 1s Canadian Infantry Division, 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, Royal 22e Regiment
   Recommendation:

On 14 April 1945 a section of 14 Platoon the Royal 22e Regiment was detailed to secure a crossroads at map reference 836036. During the advance on this crossroads the section was held up by snipers who were firing from a protected position behind a knocked out German thank.
Private Gaston BLAIN, bren gunner of the section, realizing the necessity of getting forward quickly, rushed the position firing his bren gun from the hip. He personally killed three of the enemy and seriously wounded a fourth.
As a result of his daring action and devotion to duty the section was able to advance and capture their objective and he undoubtedly saved many casualties by his quick decision and personal initiative.

   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. 241 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Bond, James Allan

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (K57063), 1st Canadian Corps, 1st Canadian Infantry Division, 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
   Recommendation:

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At the crossing of the IJSSEL River on 11 april 45 Sgt BOND was acting as Coy Sergeant Major. Before the advance to HOVEN, under very heavy shell and mortar fire he took ammunition forward personally to the platoons, thus enabling the Company to consolidate its objective. He assisted in the organization of stretcher bearers to speed up evacuation, and on one occasion led a stretcher party across one hundred yards of open ground still covered but enemy machine gun fire to bring help to a badly wounded men of his Company. In this action and in the five days advance which followed, Sgt BOND executed that duties of Coy Sergeant Major with such skill and determination that, throughout the long period of hard fighting and rapid movement, the fighting efficiency of the Coy was kept to the highest standards.

   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. 242 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Booker, Gordon William Alfred

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Company Sergeant Major (B36951), Canadian Infantry Corps
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 220 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Bradburn, Robert Archibald

Known awards: ED,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
   Lieutenant Colonel, Canadian Infantry Corps
   Recommendation:

Lieutenant-Colonel Bradburn commanded the Algonquin Regiment during the entire period the Battalion was in Holland. At all times he was a splendid example to all ranks under his command and of great assistance to the civilian authorities with whom he came in contact. In October 1944 his Battalion was frequently the leading unit in the Brigade during the advance from Brasschaet through Esschen and Bergen op Zoom to Steenbergen. His skill and leadership undoubtedly resulted in the rapid liberation of this area despite determined enemy opposition. During November and December 1944 and January 1945 the Algonquin Regiment was holding a large sector of the line along the Maas River near Waalwijk in Holland. The efforts of this officer were largely responsible for the efficient administration of this area in both military and civilian matters. The burgomaster of Waalwijk has expressed his appreciation of these efforts in a letter a copy of which is attached to this citation. There can be no doubt that Lieutenant-Colonel Bradburn was an outstanding influence on his troops in their efforts to free Holland and facilitate the rapid return of pre-war conditions in the province of South Brabant.

   The letter of the burgomaster of Waalwijk reads as follows:

The Burgomaster of Waalwijk declares that the Algonquin troops under Colonel Bradburn were billeted in Waalwijk during the months of November and December 1944 and January 1945 and that, under the latter's command, they cleared away the last seats of German resistance south of the "Bergache Maas". As far as can be judged, it is owing to the judicious and energetic action of his troop that, right in the middle of the most critical days of the German counter-offensive, the enemy could not advance southwards across the "Bergache Mass". During the days that Waalwijk lay under the heaviest enemy gun fire, both the Civil Authorities and the population of Waalwijk have enjoyed every possible assistance of the Officers and Men. For this too we want to express our sincere thanks towards Colonel Bradburn, also on behalf of the whole Waalwijk population. Signed and dated: Waalwijk, July 14th 1945, The Burgomaster of Waalwijk.

   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

Branion, Hugh Douglas

Known awards: ON.4

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau
   ?
   Squadron Leader (C5880), Royal Canadian Air Force

Source: The Canada Gazette, Volume LXXXI, number 16, Saturday, April 19, 1947, Part I, p. 1246; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Brant, Thomas Gordon

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (H40784), 2nd Canadian Corps, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
   Recommendation:

Sgt Thomas Gorden BRANT has been in every action the unit has been engaged in since D Day. During the time he was Anti-tank Platoon Sergeant and due to his officers becoming casualties was often in command of the platoon. Sergeant BRANT’s personal example of bravery, leadership and devotion to duty was an inspiration to all members of the platoon. His objective was to have his gun in position to support the rifle companies as soon as they settled in. Due to this he was instrumental a number of times in supporting …porting enemy minefields and road blocks to Battalion Headquarters, his carrier having been the first vehicle forward. During the SCHELDT operation in which armour played a very small part, Sergeant BRANT was often called upon to take up a position with his platoon acting as infantry. This he carried out with great skill and was often flank protection when the Battalion was advancing. The smooth running of this platoon was due in no small part to the untiring efforts of Sergeant BRANT, whose gallant and courageous actions were source of.

   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. 243 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Brauner, Arthur

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Private (H101553), 1st Canadian Infantry Division, 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
   Recommendation:

Private BRAUNER was a rifleman in 8 platoon of “A” Company when Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry crossed the IJSSEL River on 11 April 1945. While 8 Platoon were re-forming after crossing the river, both numbers on the light machine gun of Private BRAUNER’s section were wounded by enemy fire. He immediately task over the gun himself and by moving to an exposed position he was able to engage one enemy machine gun post to such purpose that it was silenced. His action drew fire from another enemy machine gun post but he nevertheless remained in his position giving covering fire to his platoon with such effect that they were able to make their first bound without further casualties.
Private BRAUNER displayed outstanding courage and initiative in this section and is deserving of the highest praise.

   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. 244 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Bremner, Stanley Earl

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Corporal (A82163), Royal Canadian Regiment
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 220 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Bridges, Charles

Known awards: ON.5x

Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Knight in the Order Orange-Nassau with swords
   ?
   Captain, Royal Canadian Engineers

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

Bright, John Eric

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 Engineers, Staff Officer Royal Engineers, Headquarters 1 Canadian Corps
   Recommendation:

Major Bright was Staff Officer Royal Engineers, Headquarters 1 Canadian Corps during the period of the Corps operations in western Holland. The engineer plan for the assault crossing of the Ijssel River and the capture of Arnhem was bold and required skilful handling from the outset. In spite of several late changes in plan, Major Bright was able to get both equipment and men regrouped and in position for each successive phase of the battle. With the shortage of transport and men, this was a most difficult task and vital to success.
This was followed, on 5 May, by the collapse of the 25th German Army in Holland. German engineers were, with a matter of hours, organized and set to work clearing roads, minefields and prepared charges. A complete system of intercommunication and intelligence was set up with the result that some 200,000 mines were lifted and all the main routes in western Holland cleared of obstacles. This officer's untiring efforts in the organization of this task and in his handling of other Engineer problems connected with the rehabilitation of Holland are worthy of the highest praise, and have led to the saving of many Dutch lives and the restoration of considerable areas of valuable farm land.

   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 and H.J. Huisman

Brodie, David Ritchie

Known awards: ON.5x

Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Knight in the Order Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Captain, 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

Brody, Samuel

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant, 2nd Canadian Corps, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, 23 Canadian Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
   Recommendation:

Throughout all operation of this formation in the liberation of the Netherlands, Lt Brody has served with energy, courage and loyalty with the 23 Cdn Rd Regt (SP) RCA. He has worked primarily as a gun position officer but on many occasions he done a tour as a forward observation officer. During operations in Oct 44, to clear all of the Netherlands to the SOUTH bank of the River MASS, Lt Brody was wounded by an enemy sniper as he direct artillery fire from an advanced position near WOUSCHE PLANTAGE.
Though his finger had been shot off, he insisted of staying up forward through the whole day and would not be evacuated until some twelve hours later. On discharge from hospital he resumed his position with the regiment during the winter month along the MAAS and during the final liberating sweep through eastern Holland in April when the area of the TWENTE Canal and ALMELO was cleared. His calm, quiet determination, his willingness to accept any task, and his cheerful disposition under trying conditions have made Lt Brody a highly-trusted officer and respected leader.

   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: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; Meijer (1990), p. 244 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Broughall, Wilmot Hagarty

Known awards: MBE,ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major, General Staff Officer Grade II (Intelligence) of Headquarters, 2 Canadian Corps
   Recommendation:

Major Broughall has been General Staff Officer Grade II (Intelligence) of Headquarters, 2 Canadian Corps throughout the whole of its operations in Northwest Europe. He has performed these responsible duties with initiative, a noteworthy independence and soundness of judgement and with a degree of enthusiasm and efficiency that permeated downward through all the Intelligence personnel in 2 Canadian Corps. By his leadership and his own conscientious and energetic work he provided the Corps Commander with an accurate and efficient Intelligence service, thus contributing importantly to the success of the operations of 2 Canadian Corps during the liberation of Holland.

   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 and H.J. Huisman

Browell, John Edward (Brownell?)

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (A50244), Canadian Infantry Corps
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Brown, Cecil James

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (B45275), 2nd Canadian Corps, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Royal Winnipeg Rifle
   Recommendation:

Sgt. Cecil James BROWN showed outstanding leadership and gallantry in a company attack out onto the low ground WEST of NIJMEGEN, HOLLAND on 9 February 1945. In a company attack on the village of KEEKEN, he personally led his platoon in an assault on a group of farm buildings across an Anti-tank ditch, and into the outer defences of the SIEGFRIED LINE. All throughout the fighting, Sergeant BROWN showed outstanding leadership and disregard for personal safety, and it was largely due to the success of Sergeant BROWN’s platoon that the company was able to secure its objective.

   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. 245 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen

Brown, Claude William

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Staff Sergeant Major (C40012), Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Brown, Douglas Gordon (Donald G.?)

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major, Canadian Infantry Corps
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Bryan, Joseph Willis

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lance-Sergeant (C2631), Royal Canadian Engineers, 7 Canadian Infantry Brigade
   Recommendation:

On 22 April 1945, Lance-Sergeant Bryan with his section was in support of 7 Canadian Infantry Brigade in an attack on Appingdam. He was with the leading company of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and responsible for the clearance of mines and other obstacles along their axis. A road block was met at the southern approach to the town and while the infantry provided covering fire Lance-Sergeant Bryan's party proceeded to clear the obstacle. The task was fifty percent complete when direct enemy shell and mortar fire came down on the site. This Non-Commissioned Officer ordered his men to take cover and then alone, under the same persistent fire, he continued to prepare the road block for demolition until he was wounded. At the same time his platoon commander and another Sapper were wounded and Lance-Sergeant Bryan insisted on aiding them until all three were evacuated. The remainder of the section, thus inspired by this Non-Commissioned Officer's gallant action, completed the job and the route was opened, allowing supporting armour to move up without serious delay. It was his cool determination and brilliant leadership which on this occasion resulted in the clearing of the road block, allowing tanks to take part in the capture of Appingdam, a operation vital to the liberation of northern Holland.

   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: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to H. Halliday

Burgin, Albert

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Corporal (B38763), Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
   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. 245 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Burgoyne, Cyril

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
   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: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Burke, George Henry

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Captain, 2nd Canadian Corps, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade, Lake Superior Regiment
   Recommendation:

Capt Burke was second in command of “A” Coy, Lake Sup R (Mot), during the fighting in Holland. On occasions when his Coy Commander was absent, he demonstrated a cool deliberation and capable leadership in commanding “A” Coy in action. On one occasion, during an exceedingly delicate operation, a daylight raid in coy strength across the MAAS River on 17 Jan 45, the Coy Commander was wounded during a tense phase in the action. Capt Burke immediately assumed command an through his clear-headed and cool exercise of control, constantly exposing himself to enemy fire in order to more effectively direct the battle, carried the operation through to a smooth and eminently successful conclusion. The example created by this officer’s complete disregard for his personal safety, and his demonstration of cool efficiency under enemy fire and trying circumstances, were responsible not only for the success of this operation, but for inspiring confidence and courage in all under his command in future actions in the Netherlands.

   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. 244 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945 ; with special thanks to R. Kolen