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LCol John Clifford Cave, CD

 

Born on Dec. 24, 1907 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Parents emigrated to Ontario, then Winnipeg. As a boy, saw the rioting in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. After serving in a cadet corps and the militia for a number of years, Cave joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (P.P.C.L.I.) in Jan. 1925. Explains recruit standards of that time. Modest provision of equipment, uniforms, and food were the norm. The alternative was a fifteen dollar per month ration allowance. In 1938 posted as a sergeant-instructor to the First Canadian Army Tank School in London, Ont. Later moved to Camp Borden. Company sergeant-major instructor in 1939. In 1940 commissioned into the P.P.C.L.I. Promoted to major in 1941. Trained in tanks at Fort Knox in the United States, after traveling there as civilians. Wanting to go overseas, he eventually obtained a posting to the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment (S.F.R.). 

Took the regiment overseas, then posted to a senior officers school. Returned to the S.F.R. as second-in-command.  His tank was hit by artillery. After thirteen days, exhausted by lack of sleep and strain, he was evacuated to hospital in England. Staff College in the spring of 1945.  General staff officer, grade 2 in Regina, later as a lieutenant-colonel was general staff officer, grade 1 in Ottawa. Last posting in Victoria. Retired.