Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frank Herbert Dedrick Pickersgill

In memory of
Captain
Frank Herbert Dedrick Pickersgill
September 14, 1944

Military Service:

Age:
29
Force:
Army
Unit:
Canadian Intelligence Corps
Division:
2 Intelligence Company
Citation(s):
1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Mentioned in despatches, 12 November 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Cross of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (France) in a ceremony on 12 December 1950 at the French Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario.

Additional Information:

Born 28 May 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Son of Frank Allan Pickersgill and Sara Cornelia (née Smith) Pickersgill, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of John (Jack)W. Pickersgill, a member of the Canadian House of Commons and a Cabinet Minister until 1967. Captain Pickersgill enlisted on 9 November 1942 in London, England where he was a student. He spoke English, French, German and Spanish. Captain Pickersgill, an alumni of the University of Toronto was honoured on September 15, 2004 at a wreath-laying at a small garden dedicated to him and his fellow Special Operations Executive agent, Captain John Kenneth Macalister at the foot of the University's Soldiers Tower. The ceremony was attended by members of the 2 Intelligence Company, the Toronto-based reserve army intelligence unit, along with veterans and University of Toronto officials.

Commemorated on Page 417 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
GROESBEEK MEMORIAL , Netherlands
Grave Reference:
Panel 11.
Location:
During the Second World War, many thousands of men and women from all countries of the British Commonwealth and Empire lost their lives in trying to repel the German invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium in 1940, and in the ensuing struggle to liberate the occupied countries. Some 11,000 of these have their graves in Belgium and nearly 20,000 lie in the Netherlands. Of this number, there are over 1,000 who have no known grave. The Groesbeek Memorial, which stands in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, about 10 kilometres south-east of the Dutch town of Nijmegen, commemorates by name these members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North-West Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944, and the end of the war in Europe. The Groesbeek Memorial consists of twin colonnaded buildings which face each other across the turfed forecourt of the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, between the entrance and the Stone of Remembrance. The names of the men commemorated are inscribed in panels of Portland stone built into the rear walls, and within each building are inscribed the words:


The walls bear the names of the soldiers
Of the British Commonwealth and Empire
Who fell in the advance from the river seine
Through the low countries and into Germany
But to whom the fortune of war denied
A known and honoured grave.
30TH AUGUST 1944 - 5TH MAY 1945

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Statement – Translation of speech given by French Ambassador at the posthumous Award Ceremony held 12 December 1950 at the French Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario honouring Capt Frank Pickersgill.
  • Page 2 of Statement
  • Photo of Frank Pickersgill – From:  University of Toronto Memorial Book Second World War 1939-1945. 
The book was published by the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto.  
Submitted with permission, by Operation Picture Me.

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