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LCol Joseph W. Bishop, OBE, CD


A native of Grand Forks, BC, he graduated from the University of BC with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1929.

He joined the Canadian Army (Militia) in 1935 and served with the Toronto Regiment and the 23rd Medium Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery until 1939. He proceeded overseas with the 1st Medium Regiment RCA in January 1940. Appointed to the the staff of 5 Canadian Armoured Division in 1941, Brigadier Bishop served with the formation in Canada and the United Kingdom until January 1944 when he was posted to Headquarters First Canadian Army. From April 1944 until he returned to Canada in August 1945, he held the appointment of Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering with Headquarters 1 Canadian Corps in Italy and Northwest Europe.

He held the appointment of Director of Mechanical Engineering at Army Headquarters, Ottawa until 1948. Since that time he has held several senior staff appointment s at Army Headquarters. In March, 1950 Brigadier Bishop was promoted to his present rank and appointed Vice Adjutant General until January 1953. In February of that year he was appointed Commander Canadian Army Staff in Washington, DC.

(Vernon Daily News Aug 23, 1956)


BISHOP, Joseph William, Lieutenant-Colonel (Acting Colonel) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCEME (1 Canadian Corps) - awarded as per Canada Gazette and CARO/5625, both dated 28 April 1945.

The battle of the Gothic Line, crossing the River Foglia, the capture of Rimini and the forcing of the Marecchia imposed a heavy strain on the tanks, guns, lorries and other mechanical equipment within 1 Canadian Corps. The heavy fighting and strongly developed defences inflicted many casualties. Colonel Bishop, Deputy Director, Mechanical Engineers, 1 Canadian Corps had made sound plans for the recovery and repair of this vast quantity of material and its early return to operational use. The clever siting and careful employment of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers resources at his disposal resulted in his careful plans being implemented and the mobility and striking force of the Corps was maintained at a high standard. The rapid output of repaired vehicles and equipment reflected the thoughtful study and clear perception with which Colonel Bishop posted his highly skilled artizans and craftsmen. During the battle of the Liri Valley, Colonel Bishop had successfully directed the operations of his service and had intelligently applied the valuable lessons from those operations in the development of the repair and recovery organization to its present height of efficiency. Colonel Bishop has exemplified the spirit of service and professional pride that has contributed greatly to the high regard in which his service is held by the remainder of the Corps.

BISHOP, Joseph William, Colonel, OBE - Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) (United States) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 29 November 1947 and CARO No.50 dated 8 December 1947. Citation found in Canadian Army file 54-27-94-25 "Honours and Awards, United States Decorations - Policy", Volume 5 (RG.24 Volume 2230).

Colonel Joseph William Bishop, Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Canadian Army, performed exceptionally meritorious service in England and Italy. As Assistant Quartermaster-General, First Canadian Army, from January to March 1944, and as Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering, First Canadian Corps, from March 1944 to July 1945, he served in the joint planning and operational activities of the Canadian and United States forces, thereby contributing to the successful landings in Normandy and to land operations in Italy. Colonel Bishop's untiring efforts and marked professional and technical knowledge provided to a great degree for the continued cooperative effort of the Allied nations and for assistance to the United States forces.