Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Robert William Manley

In memory of:

Gunner Robert William Manley

November 21, 1950

Military Service


Service Number:

B-801941

Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Additional Information


Born:

May 5, 1931
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Enlistment:

August 23, 1950
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William G. and Beatrice Maude (née Tough)Manley, of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Brother of Arthur George, Ralph Harold, Russell John and Jean Isabel.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 46 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

LUNDY LANE CEMETERY
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Plot 19, Section B, Grave 3

Location:

Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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  • Memorial at Canoe River – Memorial at Canoe River train crash site.  In November of 1950 thousands of soldiers were sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, for training before their journey to Korea. They went by rail.  At 10:35 in the morning of November 21st, a troop train carrying 340 soldiers - soldiers of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery - was just east of the village of Canoe River, British Columbia. An express train on the same track was speeding in the opposite direction. And the two crashed, head-on. The troop train was tossed into the air, its engine thrown back onto the coach cars behind it. Steel cars were shattered by other steel cars in a raging inferno.  Seventeen Canadian soldiers died that morning, and the bodies of four of them were never found. Many of those who escaped death suffered horrible injury including massive burns.  The sacrifice made by the men at Canoe River was no less than that of all war veterans who died in the service of our country.  These Canoe River men also died so that others might live in peace. We remain eternally in their debt.
  • Newspaper Clipping – This article appeared in The Review newspaper that serves the Niagara Region.
  • Newspaper Clipping 2 – Page two of the article that appeared in The Review.
  • Monument – Reverse of Korean War Veterans War Memorial.  It is a memorial to the victims of the Canoe River crash. The monument is located in the Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Inscription
  • Memorial plaque – Memorial plaques for Gunner Robert William Manley, Private Walter John Marshall, Lance Corporal Joseph Nazaire Jean Charles Madore and Signalman William Bruce Maddison on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
  • Memorial – A section of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. The memorial consists of a central section and 13 other sections containing memorial plaques for each of the 516 Canadian service men who died while serving with the Canadian Forces in the United Nations operations in Korea. It was erected by the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and was dedicated on July 27, 1997.
  • Memorial – Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Left Part
  • Inscription – Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Centre Part
  • Memorial – Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Right Part

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