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Philip Edwin Gower

In memory of:

Major Philip Edwin Gower

December 9, 1956

Mount Slesse, British Columbia

Military Service


Service Number:

ZH-175

Age:

41

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

Military Cross, Infantry (Royal Winnipeg Rifles) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 26 May 1945. "On 6 June 1944 - D-Day - with under command "B" Company, one platoon of "C" Company, and one section of Pioneers, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, plus one and one-half sections No. 6 Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, Captain Gower assaulted and captured Red Beach of Mike Sector at Courseulles-sur-Mer. This beach was defended by four large casemates and fifteen other enemy positions, all entirely unaffected by the pre-assault bombardment.

Eye-witnesses of his command stated that throughout this action and in spite of having lost his helmet during the landing, Captain Gower stood upright on the beach, cooly directing the employment of his sub-units and by his personal example of bravery, skill and daring reduced the defences one by one until the beach defences were overcome. Had it not been for this officer's courage and outstanding devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, the landing and advance inland of the remainder of the Battalion would have been seriously hampered.

It is considered that this officer's bravery, determination and dauntless leadership contributed tremendously to the Battalion's successful advance to its Brigade objective."

Special Service Medal (SSM), 1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp. Efficiency Decoration Canada

Additional Information


Born:

May 10, 1915
Regina, Saskatchewan

Enlistment:

September 5, 1939
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Edwin Percival and Lillian Gower (née Black). Husband of Anne Gower of Calgary, Alberta. Father of Philip, Marianne, Charles and Dianne.

Major Philip Gower died as a result of an airplane crash near Mount Slesse, British Columbia.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 28 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

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
  • Memorial Plaque– Memorial marker honouring Major Gower at the Korean War Wall of Remembrance, Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.

     Courtesy of Craig B. Cameron
  • Korean War Memorial– The central portion of the Korea Veterans' National Wall of Remembrance at Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton,Ontario.

Photo courtesy of Craig B.Cameron.
  • Photo 2 of Korean War Memorial– A closer view of the central portion of the Korea Veterans' National Wall of Remembrance at Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.

Courtesy of Craig B Cameron.
Courtesy of Craig B Cameron.
  • Photo of Phil Gower– Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment
  • Photo of Phil Gower– Phil Gower whilst prisoner of war - June 1944

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