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Brig Ernest Deighton Danby, DSO, OBE, CD

 

 

portrait ca.1936

ca.1940

LCol Danby & Gen. Pearkes ca.1943

 

Immediate post WWII

Korea 1951

Transferred to Gagetown ca.1958

Gagetown 1958 with Mrs. Danby

ca.1970

   

Brigadier Danby's medals upon retirement: DSO, OBE, 39/45 Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Defense Medal, CVSM with bar, 39/45 Medal, Korea Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, United Nations Service Medal (Korea), ICSC, Centennial Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, Efficiency Decoration with Bar, Canadian Forces Decoration with bar, Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Vermeil (France), Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) (United States) 

 

 

DANBY, Ernest Deighton, Major (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) - Distinguished Service Order - Infantry (Carleton and York Regiment) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 30 September 1944 and CARO/4986 dated 14 October 1944 . "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy ." He began the war with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. Became General Staff Officer Grade II at Headquarters, 1 Canadian Division. Second-in-Command, Carleton and York Regiment in August 1943. Temporary Commanding Officer, The Carleton and York Regiment, December 1943 and permanent Commanding Officer from 18 April to 18 September 1944 . See pages 228 to 236 of Invicta - The Carleton and York Regiment in the Second World War.  
  DANBY, Ernest Deighton, Lieutenant-Colonel, DSO - Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Vermeil (France) - Infantry - awarded as per CARO/6854 dated 25 November 1946 .  For exceptional war service during operations in Italy in cooperation with French forces.  

Awarded Officer - Order of the British Empire (OBE) as per Canada Gazette of 14 June 1952 for service in Korea . Recommendation for DSO endorsed by Brigadier P.J.E. Bernatchez, Officer Commanding, 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade on 28 May 1944 and passed forward on 31 May 1944; endorsed by Major-General Chris Vokes, General Officer Commanding, 1 Canadian Infantry Division on 1 June 1944 and passed forward on 11 June 1944; endorsed by Lieutenant-General E.L.M. Burns, General Officer Commanding, 1 Canadian Corps; endorsed by Lieutenant-General O.W.L. Leese, General Officer Commanding, Eighth Army on 31 July 1944 and passed forward on 8 August 1944; approved by General H.R. Alexander, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Allied Central Mediterranean Force on 9 August 1944 and passed for action on 2 October 1944.

 On 23 May 1944, the Carleton and York Regiment commanded by Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Deighton Danby was assigned the task of breaching the Adolf Hitler Line in the area Map Reference 736186 (Reference Map 1:100,000 Italy Sheet 160 Cassino). Although supported in its attack by heavy barrages, the Regiment was subjected to intense and well directed mortar, artillery and small arms fire. Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Danby positioned himself well forward with his leading troops and by his personal efforts, determination and complete disregard for his own safety succeeded in moving his men forward close behind the barrage.

When the tanks supporting the advance of the Carleton and York Regiment were counter-attacked by a number of German tanks, some of the infantry were able to by-pass this tank combat and push forward to their objective.

 Although it was necessary for him to pass through the tank battle, to do so, Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Danby, displaying a calm bravery, went forward, and reached the objective in time to direct the consolidation of these troops.

 Throughout the entire operation although stalked by snipers and under continuous mortar fire, Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Danby led his unit with the utmost gallantry and dash.

 His personal example steadied and encouraged his men and contributed greatly to the success of their attack.  

 

DANBY, Ernest Deighton  - Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) (United States)  

DANBY, Ernest Deighton, Lieutenant-Colonel, DSO - Mention in Despatches - Infantry (Carleton and York Regiment) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 9 March 1946 and CARO/6431 dated 8 March 1946 .  

 

West Vancouver Korea Service 1987

 

deceased April 1, 1997