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Basil Patrick McKeown

In memory of:

Gunner Basil Patrick McKeown

November 21, 1950

Military Service


Service Number:

C-800081

Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Additional Information


Born:

April 2, 1931
Moscow, Ontario

Son of Anthony and Stella Loretta McKeown of Moscow, Ontario. Brother of Gervase Anthony, James Joseph, Gerald Larkin, Benedict Ignatius, Cyril Frances, William Paul, Mary Estella and Margaret Elizabeth.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance, Canoe River Memorial, Korean War Cairn and Canoe River Monument.

Commemorated on Page 48 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ST. ANTHONY'S CEMETERY
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

Located in Camden, 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.
  • 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
  • Plaque– Memorial plaques for Gunner Basil Patrick McKeown, Private Douglas Allen McKinnon, Private Norman Gerald McNeil and Private Walter Charles McPhail 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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