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LCol John S. Edmondson, CD 

 

Lieutenant-Colonel John Seed Edmondson, (Ret'd) WW II South Saskatchewan Regiment. John was raised on the prairie in Estevan Saskatchewan. He joined the PPCLI serving in Winnipeg and Calgary as a training instructor before receiving his commission and going overseas with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. He fought at Dieppe and at the battle of Verrieres Ridge, Normandy the two bloodiest days of action in the regiment's history. Wounded during the capture of Falaise, he survived to serve in the peacetime army with the Black Watch Regiment in Nova Scotia, Canadian Forces headquarters in training, operations planning, and logistics. John served with the British Army on the Rhine (NATO) as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General for the 4th Division and later as a UN peacekeeper in Kashmir. He concluded his career in Vancouver supervising militia training before retiring to Victoria BC. In Victoria he enjoyed working with the Sergeant-at-Arms at the BC Legislature. John was active in the Legion and in the SSR regimental association. He was the last surviving officer of the regiment. He took pleasure in helping several veterans obtain the Veteran's benefits to which they were entitled. During his later years, he took much pleasure in the fresh air and physical activity of maintaining a family garden. He participated in international affairs club and was an avid world traveler, having visited Red Square, the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, Oz, the Munich beerhalls, the Pyramids, Krueger Park, the Amazon jungle and family in Buenos Aires.