Service No.RankServiceDate of BirthPlace of BirthDate of EnlistmentPlace of EnlistmentDate of DeathAgeCemetery/MemorialGrave ReferenceSource:United Nations Cemetery
Clyde Reginald Cruickshanks 3530798Lance Corporal Royal Ulster Rifles1918 Halifax, Nova ScotiaNovember 27, 1950 32United Nations Memorial Cemetery (Busan), South Korea7808 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.