Edson Loy Pease

Lieutenant Edson Loy Pease
Brantford, Ontario
1st Hussars

Lieutenant Pease is sponsored by the Corporation of the City of Brantford.
Lieutenant Pease était parrainé par Corporation of the City of Brantford.

Edson was born in Montreal to 11 April 1921 to Harold and Kathleen Pease. When Harold died, Kathleen remarried Charles Gordon Cockshutt. The family lived in Brantford, where Edson was raised. Edson attended Central Public School from 1928-34 and Lakefield Prep School from 1934-39. He worked as a clerk at Slingsby’s Mfg Co. and enlisted in the 2/10 Dragoons in May 1940. He remained in this militia unit until 20 January 1941 when he enslited in the Canadian Army in London, Ontario. Edson finally went overseas on 12 December 1941.

On 24 December 1943, Edson married Eleanor Gertrude Lawlor of South Kensington, London, England. The pair were married at the Holy Trinity Church in the Parish of Brompton. After Edson’s death, Eleanor moved to Toronto where she would eventually remarry.

Edson died at the age of 23 and is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.

Edson was post-humously awarded the 1939-45 Star; France & Germany Medal; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp. His mother and widow both received a memorial cross.

Note on the death of E. L. Pease, from: A History of the First Hussars Regiment 1856-1980

“After an Orders Group with the infantry it was decided that three groups of tanks would move behind Pierrepoint and make a recce of the high ground. The troops mopved off and for a considerable period encountered no opposition. Suddenly near Fontaine-Henry an anti-tank gun was seen on the left flank. Since the gun was not pointed at the tanks, they moved in keeping it covered. This gun, later discovered to be a dummy, had absorbed the attention of the crew commanders and suddenly an 88mm, concealed beside the road, opened fire and succeeded in knocking out five tanks before Sgt. Gariepy could neutralize it. Lieut. C.M. McLeod was wounded, but his crew were unhurt. Lieut. Pease’ tank was less fortunate, and he, along with Tpr. H.H.M. Lismore, Cpl. P.F. Newton and Tpr. C.J. McAndrew, was killed. Only the co-driver, Tpr. Wilkes, escaped alive. In Cpl. Shire’s tank, Tprs. E.J. Annis and W. Feschuk were killed and in the tank commanded by Cpl. Pike, Tpr. C.F. Homuth was killed.”

The materials below have been generously provided by Edson’s son, David Pease. The photo on the top left shows Pease and his tank crew – Edson is standing on the left.  On the right is an image of their first grave. Below is a telegram received by Edson’s wife notifying her of his death. 

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