Canada in the Second World War


J. Harry Quarton

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. Quarton was born on November 22, 1922 in Marshall, Saskatchewan.

J.H. Quarton joined the South Alberta Regiment in June 1940 when he was only 17 years old. He went overseas in 1942 as a technical Quarter Master Sergeant. He landed on Juno Beach as part of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and participated in the Battle of the Falaise Gap where the South Alberta Regiment distinguished itself at Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives. He returned to Canada in 1946, enlisted with the 19th Alberta Dragoon and was commissioned as an officer in 1952. He later commanded the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the South Alberta Light Horse in 1983. He retired in 1986.

Upon discharge from wartime service, J.H. Quarton was employed by the Edmonton Journal. He held the position of Sales Manager at a large printing firm, becoming vice president of Cantrade International, and was active in many fields: community service, Church, politics and military.

He was honorary Aide de camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta for 22 years.

In 2009, as he was portrayed in the exhibition Veterans Voices at the Juno Beach Centre, J. Harry Quarton declared:

“I believe it is the duty of each individual to serve their country in some manner to forever remember the sacrifice that others paid to ensure freedom. That is why our Association and Regiment, together with family members, return to Europe regularly to pay homage to our war dead.”


J. Harry QUARTON at the Juno Beach Centre in 2012