Maj Edward Thomas “Ed” Galway, MC, GM, MBE, CD (Ret’d)

    • Maj Edward Thomas “Ed” Galway, MC, GM, MBE, CD (Ret’d)
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    • Maj Edward Thomas “Ed” Galway, MC, GM, MBE, CD (Ret’d)

    We regret to advise of the death of Major Edward Thomas “Ed” Galway, MC, GM, MBE, CD (Ret’d) of Burlington ON at the age of 102 on 14 February 2021.

    Ed Galway was born and raised in Toronto ON and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from the University of Toronto. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the Canadian Army on 28 April 1941. He was a decorated Royal Canadian Engineers veteran of the Second World War and the Korean War, served in the Canadian High Commission in London and completed a UN tour on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir.

    Lt Galway started his Second World War service with the 3rd Field Company. During his time in England, he was put in charge of a dock repair on the sea coast when during a storm, he rescued a sapper who had fallen into the dangerous surf under the pier. For this, he was awarded the George Medal. In August 1943, the 3rd Field Company took part in Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily. During the Battle of Agira, Lt Galway led a reconnaissance into the town centre, arriving hours before the infantry. He was able to withdraw and in an ensuing firefight, his party lost one man killed but in return killed five German soldiers. Lt Galway was later posted to the 11th Field Company fighting in Northwest Europe. In the opening days of the Battle of the Schedlt, he was awarded a Military Cross for bravery putting a bridge across the Antwerp-Turnhout Canal under fire and observation.

    Ed stayed in the Army after the war. In 1952, he was posted to Korea and took command of the 23rd Field Squadron. For his very effective leadership of the squadron during the Korean War, and especially in preparing for the defence of ‘The Hook’, a key position on the Jamestown Line, he was made a Member of the British Empire. Ed completed his working career in the Department of Finance in Ottawa ON.

    In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a Private Family Service will be held. Donations if desired can be made to The War Amps, The Poppy Trust Fund, or The Red Cross.