Canada in the Second World War

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Hugh Buckley

Hugh Buckley was born in 1924 in Sooke, in British Columbia, Canada, a village on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. He was the third of four boys born to British ex-pat parents, John and Marjorie Buckley, who had moved to Canada following the First World War.

In 1937 when he was 12 years old, his family moved to London, England. He continued his schooling as a teenager in Wiltshire, England, located near an army tank training corps. This led to his keen interest in tanks.

Following his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Canadian Armoured Corps in early 1943, which was in England training for the future assault of Europe against Nazi Germany. He landed on D-Day with the Sherbrooke Fusiliers and crewed a Stuart light tank as part of a reconnaissance troop. On D-Day+1, he was promoted to Corporal.

Hugh’s two elder brothers served in the Air Force and all of them survived. After the war, Hugh returned to Canada and went to the University of British Columbia to study Civil Engineering.

In 1957 he married Trudy, and the couple have four children, six grand-children and two adorable great-grand daughters.

Hugh Buckley was awarded the Legion of Honour Medal from the Governor General of Canada before his 90th birthday in December 2014.