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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

May 10th, 2009, 6:50 pm #1

I've heard about Canadians serving with the British Army Regiments or Corps as volunteers in CANLOAN.


http://www.war-experience.org/canloan/


However, was there any Canadians that volunteered in the Royal Marine Commando's!?




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Doug Townend
Doug Townend

May 10th, 2009, 7:14 pm #2

There were no CANLOAN volunteers in the RM. The program was created to respond to a request from the British Army not the Royal Navy.

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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

May 10th, 2009, 8:10 pm #3

I meant to say, were they're any Canadians attached or individuals transferred to The Royal Marines such as 30 A.M.U. or Combined Operations ie. Combined Operations Pilotage Parties?



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Ken Joyce
Ken Joyce

May 11th, 2009, 5:51 pm #4

I've heard about Canadians serving with the British Army Regiments or Corps as volunteers in CANLOAN.


http://www.war-experience.org/canloan/


However, was there any Canadians that volunteered in the Royal Marine Commando's!?




Chris
Just remember that Can Loan was a particular scheme and plenty of Canadian's joined the British Army prior to, and during WW2 outside of Can Loan. As I have stated before on the forum, a few of Britains first commandos were Canadians and a few of them were part of the first British paratroops trained at Ringway. There were Canadians in Royal Marine Commando as well as other British special units that were not part of Can Loan. Many were Canadian citizens living in Britain at the outbreak of the war. Unfortunately there are no lists of these men outside those that I have run into in my research.
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

May 12th, 2009, 1:36 pm #5

Ken,
Yes, I have found some references that have mentioned of Canadian Citizens (British Subjects) living in the U.K., and enlisting in the British Forces during the Great War and interwar period and also during the Second World War.

Here's an interesting articles, I think you'll find worthy of reading!


http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/emerso ... tuart.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Aitken ... eaverbrook


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bonar_Law


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stephenson


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Willia ... th_Baronet (Hmm, In the official history of The British Security Co-ordination, it mentions Sir William Wisemen was also a Canadian as well!?)
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Ken Joyce
Ken Joyce

May 13th, 2009, 3:31 pm #6

That was interesting Chris. I will have to check my doc's on Stephenson as I recall him being recorded as being born somewhere else.

Anyway these were high profile Canadians. I was talking about average joe workers and a few Canadians that joined the British Army direct from Canada prior to the war.

I am sure there were Canadians in the British Commando units. I know a few Canadians that fought with Brit Commando in the Far East.

I had always wondered myself if any Canadians served in the Glider Pilot Regiment? I have asked around within their association with no luck.
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

May 13th, 2009, 6:44 pm #7

Ken,
I'm glad to of some help in this area of research! Yes, I read from time to time in the past of books that have mentioned Canadians serving in the British Armed Forces, during the Imperial years etc,.

Here's a few names I've come across that served in the British Army

1 William Gun Chong (Agent #50 ) British Army Aid Group-MI9. http://www.ccmms.ca/vets/ccmbchong.asp

2http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub. ... tions/hoey

3. (Pte Noble Goulding Sproule,haled from Port Credit,Ontario,Canada. Joined the Manchester Regiment, at age 17 yrs old.

4http://users.telenet.be/ppa/ check out the name base on this site and their are 2 men that are born in Canada that joined this unit.*

I hope this helps you out in this area, Ken??


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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

May 15th, 2009, 1:40 pm #8

That was interesting Chris. I will have to check my doc's on Stephenson as I recall him being recorded as being born somewhere else.

Anyway these were high profile Canadians. I was talking about average joe workers and a few Canadians that joined the British Army direct from Canada prior to the war.

I am sure there were Canadians in the British Commando units. I know a few Canadians that fought with Brit Commando in the Far East.

I had always wondered myself if any Canadians served in the Glider Pilot Regiment? I have asked around within their association with no luck.
Ken,
I haven't heard about any Canadians serving in The Glider Pilot Regiment either?? Here's the names of Canadians serving in British Army unit(s).


http://www.war-experience.org/canloan/regiments.htm


Also, there were Canadians Citizens serving in various British Colonial Garrison's in the Far East Asia in the 1920's,'30's throughout the war years too!
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J.Garnier
J.Garnier

May 23rd, 2009, 11:47 am #9

Just found this.It may help answering,in part,the question of Canadians serving in British Regiments.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Canuck
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

May 24th, 2009, 2:59 am #10

J.Garnier,
Thank you for this bit of info, as I've never heard about this gentlemen, nor have I even heard about Op CANUCK!?
Interesting post to research more on, down the road?

I've recently purchased a real gem of a book on Canadians in the British S.O.E.,and the little know unit of M.I.9! The book is superb!!
Title: "Canadians Behind Enemy Lines" 1939-1945. by The Honourable Roy MacLaren.Published in 1981 and reprinted in 2002. It mentions quite a number of Canadians of which served with the Special Operations Executive, in various operations world wide during the second world war. One of my favorites is the Great War Veteran, Major W.Jones DSM and Bar,formerly of the 13th Bn Royal Highlanders of Canada. (Black Watch).


Here's a few links.

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cf ... age/yugbal

http://www.ifyouaskme.ca/alfonso/20050810.htm



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