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Remembering the Korean War
Service No. Rank Service Date of Birth Place of Birth Date of Enlistment Place of Enlistment Date of Death Age Cemetery/Memorial Grave Reference Source: United Nations Cemetery  
     Clyde Reginald Cruickshanks  3530798 Lance Corporal Royal Ulster Rifles 1918 Halifax, Nova Scotia November 27, 1950 32 United Nations Memorial Cemetery (Busan), South Korea 7808   Lance Corporal Cruickshanks was the son of Adam Joseph Cruickshanks (d. July 17, 1936) and Bertha Veronica Cruickshanks of Halifax, Nova Scotia. On March 12, 1939 Clyde sailed from Halifax, NS to England where he joined the Manchester Regiment at Ashton-Under-Lyne.  He underwent six months of military training and with the outbreak of war in September 1939 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion and sent to France where on the borders of France and Belgium their first duties were building fortifications (pill boxes, tank traps).  This continued until December 19, 1939 where in front of the Maginot Line on outpost duty they encountered German Patrols. Clyde believed his platoon was the first to fight German soldiers in WWII.  They held the territory until relieved by the Cheshire Regiment and moved back to their former position on the Belgian frontier. Called upon to re-enforce the 1st Division at Wavry, Belgium, after three days of heavy fighting the troops were forced back and  Clyde’s “D” Company was ordered to hold the line.  On May 26, 1940 he was taken prisoner by the Germans and held until liberated by the Americans in April, 1945. With the end of WWII, Clyder returned to Halifax, NS for a time and then went back to the United Kingdom.   He was married in Scotland on November 9, 1945. At his death he was the father of three children. In 1950, while serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles in Korea, he was killed in action on November 27, 1950.    
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