He Was A Soldier

John M. Rockingham


John M. Rockingham RCA WWII
Joined: Canadian Scottish Regiment
Rank: Lieut. Colonel/ Brigadier Commander
Job: Commanding Officer Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
9th Canadian Infantry
Brigade 8th British Army
European Theatre

RCA Korea
Rank: Brigadier General
Job: Commanding Officer 25th Infantry Brigade
Rank: Major General Commander, Can. 25th Infantry Brigade
Job: Korean War Commander, 1st Canadian Division

Major General John M. Rockingham CD CDE DSO ED CD

1911 - Born - Sydney, Australia

1933 - Joined Canadian Scottish Regiment. as a Private

1940 - Overseas to England

1942 - Rank - Major he transferred to Royal Hamilton Light Infantry

1943 - Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, landing in Normandy in June 1944

1944 - August - Promoted to Brigadier and commanded 9 Canadian Infantry Brigade until the end of the conflict in Europe. 1945 - After V.E .Day he was transferred to command 2nd Brigade in Pacific Force

1947 - 1950 - Served as Militia Brigade Commander of 15 Infantry Brigade in Vancouver. (1946 - 1950) - He took his discharge and was employed as an executive of a West Coast Utilities Firm.

1950 - Decision of Canadian Army to find a leader who would be a veteran from civilian life to command Canadian Infantry Brigade to Korea. Aug. 7th C.G.S phoned Brigadier Rockingham and needed a decision in 24 hrs.

1950 - August 8 - Brigadier "accepted command of the Canadian 25th Infantry Brigade."

1950 - 1952 - Organized, trained and commanded 25th Inf. Brigade in Korea War 

John M. Rockingham beside a Jeep

1953 - Posted to Imperial Defence College

1954 - Appointed to command 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade With his promotion to Major General he took command of First Canadian Division, followed by service as GOC of Quebec command in 1958 and Western command in 1961

1966 - Major General Rockingham retired from the Army, but continued to serve his country as Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Scottish Regiment.

Awards & Decorations = Commander of the British Empire, Companion of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order & Bar, 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, Cdn. Vol. Ser. Medal (bar), War Medal (Mill), Korea War, Cdn. Vol. Ser. Korea, UN Korea, Efficiency Decoration, Canadian Forces Decoration, Order of Leopold (Officer), Belgian Croix de Guerre, Order of Merit (USA)

He also served as a member of Canadian Olympic Committee, counselor with Canadian West Foundation, Honorary Chairman of National Ski Team Fund, and a Director of Vancouver Island Colleges Foundation.

We Will Remember

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Thank you, Veterans,

With sincere gratitude from all Canadians

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