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Surrender to the Germans

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Surrender to the Germans

The landing craft turned and withdrew seaward and it was obvious that they weren't coming in to get any more off, and I felt that there was simply no point in just allowing the, providing the Germans with a target. It was target practice Interviewer: So there had been no order from above, this was a decision you made as the officer commanding... Oh yeah. Interviewer: OK. When you ordered your men to lay down their arms and you had let the Germans know that you were surrendering, how long was it before the Germans came forward to take custody of the men? Very short time. We were not very far apart. Interviewer: What was your impression of the Germans that came to take you into custody and to accept the surrender? Oh they were perfectly...they were just soldiers. And I think they were good soldiers. They treated us properly.

Colonel Merritt makes the difficult decision to surrender to the German Army and be taken as prisoners of war.

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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