Second World War Victoria Cross Recipients

Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-167

Type: Display

Address: 29 Lisgar Street

Location: Memorial Hall, Lisgar Collegiate Institute

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.42068   Long: -75.68845

This memorial honours the sixteen Canadian servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.

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For Valour

Commemorating the sixteen Canadian servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery during World War Two 1939-1945

(Note: There follows a small photo-drawing and short biography of each of the sixteen recipients of the Victoria Cross. Names annotated with a "+" were awarded their VC posthumously. See below)


Sgt Major John Robert Osborn +

Hong Kong, December 19th 1941

Born: Norfolk England, January 2nd 1899

1st Battalion The Winnipeg Grenadiers


Lt Col Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt

Dieppe, August 19th 1942

Born: Vancouver B.C., November 10th 1908

The South Saskatchewan Regiment


Rev John Weir Foote

Dieppe, Augusr 19th 1942

Born: Madoc Ontario, May 5th 1904

Canadian Chaplain Services

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry


Capt Frederick Thornton Peters

Oran  North Africa, November 8th 1942

Born: Charlottetown P.E.I., September 17th 1889

Royal Navy


Flt. Lt. David Ernest Hornell +

Shetland Islands U.K., June 24th 1944

Born: Mimico Ontario, January 26th 1910

Royal Canadian Air Force


Sqdn. Ldr. Ian Willoughby Bazalgette +

Trossy St Maximin France, August 4th 1944

Born: Calgary Alberta, October 19th 1918

Royal Air Force


Major David Vivian Currie

St Lambert sur Dives France, August 18th 1944

Born : Sutherland Saskatchewan, July 8th 1912


Pte Ernest Alvia Smith

Savio River Italy, October 21st-22nd 1944

Born: New Westminster B.C., May 3rd 1914

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada


Capt Paul Triquet

Casa Berardi Italy, December 14th 1943

Born: Cabano Quebec, April 2nd 1910

Royal 22e Regiment


Major Charles Ferguson Hoey +

Maungdaw Burma, February 16th 1944

Born: Duncan B.C., March 29th 1914

1st Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment


Major John Keefer Mahony

Melfa River Italy, May 24th 1944

Born: New Westminster B.C., June 30th 1911

The Westminster Regiment


P.O. Andrew Charles Mynarski +

Cambrai France, June 12th 1944

Born: Winnipeg Manitoba, October 14th 1916

Royal Canadian Air Force


Sgt Aubrey Cosens +

Mooshof Germany, February 25th-26th 1945

Born: Latchford Ontario May 21st 1921

The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada


Major Frederick Albert Tilston

The Hochwald Germany, March 1st 1945

Born: Toronto Ontario, June 11th 1906

The Essex Scottish Regiment


Cpl Frederick George Topham

East of the Rhine, March 24th 1945

Born: Toronto Ontario, August 10th 1917


Lt. Robert Hampton Gray +

Onagawa Wan Japan, August 9th 1945

Born: Trail B.C., November 2nd 1917

Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve


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