Profiles in service

By sea, by air and by land – Cloverdale's veterans have left their mark.

Frances and Peter Clegg both served in the Royal Canadian Air Force: Frances for three years as a nurse and flight officer and Peter as a navigator. They helped bring wounded veterans from Korea to the U.S.

The Reporter put a callout to local veterans asking for memories, photographs and short bios of their time in military service. The results were published in our Nov. 4 print edition. Among the responses we received were from the following members of the Cloverdale Legion:

Frances J. Clegg

Frances was born in Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. She served for three years as a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Ottawa and in the United States.

“During the Korean War, I was bringing patients from Korea back to the Mainland U.S.” she said.

In her engagement notice to F.O. Peter Clegg, it says she flew between Honolulu and Tokyo accompanying wounded veterans of Korea, earning her Silver Wings from the U.S. Air Force.

Peter C. Clegg

Peter was born in Brantford, Ontario. He served 30 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force and army reserves, attaining the rank of major and working in various locations across Canada and in Japan.

He served as a navigator bringing patients from Korea to the Mainland U.S. during the Korean War.

According to his engagement notice to his wife Frances (See page 19), he received membership in the Order of the Arctic Worm for service in the arctic.

John McCourt was born in a town called Harlow in the county of Essex, England.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1980 at 16, and completed six years in service, first in the Navy and then three years in the reserves.

He saw active service during the Falklands War in 1982 and in Lebanon in 1983. He now lives in Cloverdale, where he’s a member of Branch 6.

We asked him to send in a photo, and he submitted one taken just after the Falklands War ended, likely in July 1982.

“The fighting had finished on the islands but we were still being buzzed by aircraft from the mainland,” he said.

Frank Redekop

Frank was born Nov. 9, 1965, in Burnaby, B.C.

He served with the Canadian Army, 8th Canadian Hussars, achieving the rank of Corporal.

He served in Petawawa, and on NATO missions.

Since his return, he has been a very active member of the Cloverdale Legion. He is a member of the Cloverdale BIA and is active in the community.

Currently, he is the Cloverdale Legion president.


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