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"Few people, except the surviving participants, have ever heard of CANLOAN, the code word for an arrangement during the Second World War by which a number of Canadian Army officers participated in the fighting in northwest Europe between D-Day 1944, and VE-Day 1945, by voluntarily serving in regiments of the British Army. The ferocity of the fighting in which these officers were engaged is indicated by the extent of their casualties (75 percent) and the number of awards for gallantry - nearly 100, more than 40 of them Military Crosses. At the special request of the War Office, a number of RCOC officers also volunteered to serve under the same conditions as the more numerous infantry officers" from Code Word CANLOAN by Wilfred I. Smith, Dundurn Press, Toronto & Oxford, 1992. 346 pages.

This list of officers served with the Durham Light Infantry.


Surname Name(s) Rank Honour Roll Decorations Regiment
BAKER Charles T. Lieut. K.I.A. 25-6-44 11 DLI
BEDFORD John T. Lieut. 10 DLI, 11 DLI, 9 Kings
BELANGER Henry E. Lieut. K.I.A. 28-6-44 10 DLI
COOPER Charles W. Lieut. Died of Wounds 12-7-44 10 DLI
DEMPSTER Jim J.J. Capt. 5 Wilts., 10 DLI
FERRIN Clarence W. Lieut. 10 DLI
FITZPATRICK Elmer J. Lieut. 11 DLI
FOSTER Hal H.D. Capt. 1 Dorset, 9 DLI
FREEMAN Earl M. Lieut. 10 DLI
GAUTHIER Joseph W. A. Lieut. 9 DLI
GELSTON Robert J. Maj. MC 10 DLI, 7 BW, 1 Tyne Scot.
JAMES William A. Lieut. K.I.A. 1-7-44 MC 11 DLI
LUFFMAN George H. Lieut. K.I.A. 1-8-44 8 DLI
MacDOUGALL Duncan Lieut. 9 DLI
MORRISON Carson E. Lieut. 8 DLI, 10 DLI
MOTTRAM William B. Maj. 7 S. Staffords, 5 Wilts, 2 DLI, 7 Som. LI
NIZNICK Harry Lieut. K.I.A. 9-9-44 8 DLI
O'HALLORAN Roy L. Lieut. 9 DLI
PURDEY Richard Capt. 11 DLI, 6 DLI
SPRAGUE Richard P.H. Lieut. 11 DLI
STEWART Francis E. Lieut. 8 DLI
SUFFRON Douglas G. Lieut. 9 DLI, 10 DLI
WATERSON Harry Lieut. 9 DLI
YOUNG Jack A. Lieut. 6 DLI, 1/4 KOYLI


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