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Brigadier Frederick A. Clift, DSO, MiD, ED, CD ,Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Vermeil, 1959-61 

Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp 1959-61


Brigadier Frederick Alexander Clift was born in 1908. After serving as commanding officer of the South Saskatchewan Regiment from 1942 to 1944, he took over the brigade for all of four days before being wounded. He served in a variety of posts after the war, and retired in 1963 as a Brigadier. 

 

CLIFT, Frederick Alexander, Lieutenant-Colonel - Distinguished Service Order - Infantry (South Saskatchewan Regiment) - awarded as per Canada Gazette and CARO/5512, both dated 31 March 1945. Recommendation passed through Headquarters of 6 Canadian Infantry Brigade and 2 Canadian Infantry Division; approved by Headquarters, 2 Canadian Corps on 10 January 1945 and passed forward on 16 February 1945; supported by Headquarters, Canadian Army on 18 February 1945 and passed forward on 21 February 1945.

During the assault on Falaise on 16 August 1944, the South Saskatchewan Regiment, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Clift, attacked on the left with its axis of advance along the main Caen-Falaise road directed into the northwest corner of Falaise. Another battalion was on its right.

This assault was carried out against intense enemy opposition and its ultimate success was due in no small measure to the personal aggressiveness and skilful leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel Clift.

In the early stages of the attack when two leading tanks were knocked out and the leading infantry were pinned to the ground due to strong enemy fire, Lieutenant-Colonel Clift went forward and under mortar, artillery and machine gun fire, organized an attack which destroyed the enemy post.

Later it became essential to take a bridge on the outskirts of Falaise in order to permit tanks to cross into the town. Again the leading infantry were pinned down by strong enemy fire covering the approaches and the battalion on the right was also held up. Lieutenant-Colonel Clift then personally went forward and with a rifle sniped at the enemy posts with such effect that they were evacuated. Lieutenant-Colonel Clift then led a charge across the river and seized the bridgehead for a further advance.

Lieutenant-Colonel Clift thereupon led his battalion into the northerly part of Falaise notwithstanding that his right flank was exposed and by midnight the northern part of the town was captured and the battalion on the right enabled to advance into the southern part of the town.

Throughout this operation, this officer displayed great gallantry under fire and his conduct was an inspiration to this men. The prompt capture of Falaise enabled the advance to continued the following day.

CLIFT, Frederick Alexander, Lieutenant-Colonel, DSO, ED - Mention in Despatches - Infantry (South Saskatchewan Regiment) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 9 March 1946 and CARO/6431 dated 8 March 1946.

CLIFT, Frederick Alexander, Lieutenant-Colonel, DSO, ED - Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Vermeil (France) - Infantry (South Saskatchewan Regiment) - awarded as per CARO/6854 dated 25 November 1946.

For exceptional war service during operations for the liberation of France.