Dieppe 2020

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They’re all gone: Remembering the fallen of Dieppe takes on new poignancy

By Jon Wells Spectator Reporter
Tue., Aug. 18, 2020
The August ceremony at Hamilton’s striking war memorial, that sits 50 paces from the lake’s edge and evokes a rocky bloodstained beach in Northern France, has always been about remembering duty, courage and death.
This time it’s different.
That is, they are gone now, all of them: the Hamilton soldiers slaughtered in the Raid on Dieppe Aug. 19, 1942, and now also the relative few who survived.
On Wednesday, the RHLI will combine their ceremony with a candlelight service hosted annually by the North Wall Riders Association, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who support veterans.

The guest of honour is 102-year-old Douglas Rickard, a Toronto native who lives in Burlington, who served at Dieppe with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.
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Remembering the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry who fell at Dieppe

By Barry GrayPhotojournalist
Wed., Aug. 19, 2020

A small group gathered in Dieppe Veterans’ Memorial Park, located on Beach Boulevard in Hamilton, to remember the ill-fated raid on the French town on Aug. 19, 1942, where 197 members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry were killed, 194 wounded, and another 174 taken prisoner.

Although there are no RHLI members still alive who fought that day, Douglas Rickard of Burlington, now 102, salutes during the playing of the Canadian national anthem.


Rickard was a member of the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals and took part in the raid aboard a tank landing craft.

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https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilt...milton-light-infantry-who-fell-at-dieppe.html
 
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