27 July Anniversary of the End of the Fighting of the Korean War

Memorial erected by the Korea Veterans' Association at the Meadowvale Cemetery in Bramton, ON

27 July is the anniversary of the occasion of the end of the fighting of the Korean War when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed in 1953. Since 1997 this anniversary has been marked in Brampton, Ontario at the Meadowvale Cemetery. Here the Korea Veterans Association of Canada erected the Wall of Remembrance to honour and commemorate the 516 Korean War dead.

Together 26,791 Canadians served in the Korea War and approximately 7,000 continued to serve in the theatre between the ceasefire and the end of 1955.

The memorial was dedicated on 27 July 1997. It is about 60 metres long and bears plaques with the names of those who died in the conflict. The 2019 Korean War Veterans Day Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, 27 July at 11:00 AM at the Meadowvale Cemetery: Wall of Remembrance at 7732 Mavis Rd in Brampton. The locations of other ceremonies across Canada are detailed here.

The Royal Canadian Engineer Units that participated in the operations in Korea were:

57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron 4 May 51 - 3 May 52
23rd Field Squadron 3 May 52 - 28 Mar 53
59th Independent Field Squadron (Redesignated: 4 Field Squadron on 16 Oct 1953) 23 Mar 53 - 26 Mar 54
3 Field Squadron 26 Mar 54 - 27 Nov 54

Eleven Sappers lost their lives in Korea:

Name

Date of Death

Spr Albert Fortier February 23, 1953
Spr Alexander McNeil May 21, 1954
Spr Burton Franklin Shaw November 16, 1952
Spr Frederick Morris June 12, 1952
Spr Gilles Ducasse August 11, 1952
Spr Henry Benhart Hiebert March 23, 1952
Spr Henry Glenwood Davis November 7, 1951
Spr John O'Hara Wright August 28, 1951
Spr Leonard Arthur Watson November 23, 1951
Spr Thomas Patrick Sutton July 24, 1952
Spr William Muir October 5, 1950

These Sappers are remembered in the “Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers Roll of the Dead - Korean War 1950 -1953.” This book was researched and produced by Maj Ralph DeCoste (Ret’d) and published by the Military Engineers Association of Canada. It is displayed in the Canadian Military Engineer Remembrance Lane at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering. A ‘flip-book’ version of this book can be viewed by scrolling down the page.

The following Sappers received honours for their performance during the Korean War:

Recipient Award Unit
Major Harold William Ball MBE 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Lieutenant Charles David Carter MC 59th Independent Field Squadron
Lieutenant Norman Edward Cooke MID 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Sapper Henry Kenneth Friesen MID 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Lieutenant John Hugh Keating MID 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Captain Angus Alexander McPherson MID 4 Field Squadron
L/Corporal Herbert John McReary BEM 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Captain Frederick Oliver Mitchell MID 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Lieutenant Richard Stanley Penny MID 59th Independent Field Squadron
L/Corporal Gordon Stanley Rapley MID 59th Independent Field Squadron
Corporal Royal Hamilton Reid MID 23rd Field Squadron
MajorDonald Harvey Rochester OBE 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Major Laurence Edward C. Schmidlin MC 4 Field Squadron
Sergeant Wilbert Ross Steele MID 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
Sergeant Paul James Tomelin BEM 25 Canadian Public Relations Unit
Captain Norman George Trower MBE 57th Canadian Independent Field Squadron
L/Corporal Robert William Webber MID 23 Field Squadron