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The Role of the South Saskatchewan Regiment in the Dieppe Raid

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The Role of the South Saskatchewan Regiment in the Dieppe Raid

Green Beach was the beach at Pourville which was about two miles south of, of... Dieppe. And, we were to land at 05:50 hours I think it was. And if all had gone well... We were given objectives about two miles inland. We were to occupy this particular area behind Pourville and after a certain length of time we were all to get out and... We didn’t do it exactly as planned. Interviewer: But the plan itself was for the various units to storm ashore on five beaches, take their objectives, stay till the next tide... That’s right. Interviewer: And then withdraw. Correct. Interviewer: There was never any thought of reinforcing that particular raid. None whatever. Interviewer: Do you recall any directions concerning your unit securing a radar station? Yes. There was a radar station on the hill above Pourville and we never got there. Interviewer: Did they ever tell you why they wanted you to take that radar station? Well I guess you didn’t have to be told because it was part of the German equipment to raid England. Interviewer: Was there any talk that certain parts of the equipment was to be dismantled and returned to England? I don’t recall about dismantling and returning it, but dismantling yes. Interviewer: As in destroy. Yeah.

Colonel Merritt discusses the role that the South Saskatchewan Regiment was instructed to play in the raid on Dieppe in 1942.

Charles Cecil Ingersol Merritt

Colonel Merritt’s father was killed in Ypres during the First World War. 7 or 8 of his uncles from both sides of the family also served during the First World War - three of whom were killed in action. He received his early education in Vancouver and Victoria and then went on to Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He articled with a Vancouver lawyer for three years before being called to the bar there in 1929. During this time, he joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada militia unit - the unit with whom he enlisted with when the Second World War was declared. Eventually, in late 1941, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, and served with the Regiment until the war was over. During his service he earned the Victoria Cross for his gallant efforts on Aug. 19, 1942 in the Dieppe Raid. Mr. Merritt was taken prisoner during the Dieppe Raid. Following the war Mr. Merritt returned to his law practice in Vancouver and served in the Canadian Federal Parliament from 1945 - 1949. He continued to live in Vancouver until his death on July 12, 2000.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Charles Cecil Ingersol Merritt
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
South Saskatchewan Regiment
Company Commander

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