Lt. Jack Butler of the 82nd Chemical Mortar Battalion with Filipino guerrilla Ricardo Gimotea sometime after Shimbu Line was broken around June 20, 1945. Ric and his cousin Jose had been fighting the Japanese for three years when they joined 2nd plt of the 82nd CMB. They were expert linesmen through difficult terrain, and described as "courageous and willing" warriors.
- WWII Files
May 21, 2016, with research from Lt Col (Ret.) Jack Butler's memoirs and recollections
Commemorating Liberation Day Netherlands 5.5.1945
Even though this photo was 6 months before Liberation Day, it shows the
bond between a Dutch family and Canadian trooper who is there to fight
for their freedom.
"Lance-Corporal Harry Repay of the Scout
Platoon, South Saskatchewan Regiment, visiting a Dutch family in their
home near Nijmegen, Netherlands, 8 December 1944. Photographer: Dean, Michael M. Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands" Courtesy Library and Archives Canada
"Lance-Corporal J.A. Thrasher of The Westminster Regiment (Motor), who holds the PIAT anti-tank weapon with which he disabled the German self-propelled 88mm. gun on which he is sitting, near Pontecorvo, Italy, 26 May 1944."
(Photographer: Smith, Strathy E.E. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada) James Alton Thrasher was soon promoted to Sargent but was killed in action about 7 months after this photo was taken on December 11, 1944.September 8, 1917 - December 11, 1944 Service Number: K/49637 Age: 27 Force: Army Unit: Westminster Regiment (Motor) Citation(s): 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.
WWII Westminster Regiment badge in WWIIFiles collection