A ceremony has taken place to mark the formal end of the Canadian Veterans Association at Guildford Cathedral.
The Association was established on the 19 February 1949 with 15 branches, however over time number dwindled until just one remained, the Brighton branch.
There are also only a and a handful of surviving Canadian veterans, so the association felt it was time to call it a day.
The ceremony was conducted by Cannon Paul Smith and Brigadier General Lowell Thomas Chief UK Military Attaché attended to represent the Canadian Armed Forces.
CVAUK has spent the last 68 years supporting UK based Canadian veterans and events that have remembered their remarkable contribution in two world wars.
Some facts about Canada’s contribution in WW2
- 14,000 troops of the 3rd Canadian Division were given the responsibility of taking Juno beach on D Day.
- Over million men and woman (out of a population of 11 million) enlisted into the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in WW2. All that served overseas were volunteers.
- There were 100,000 Canadian casualties near 40,000 of which were fatal.
- 40% of men between 18 -40 volunteered to join CAF.
- The Canadian Army played crucial roles in amongst others the Battle of Normandy, taking of the Channel ports, the liberation of Holland, Invasion of Italy.
- Royal Canadian Airforce provided 43 squadrons and were credited with shooting down 1,200 enemy aircraft 100. Canadians shot down 100 aircraft in the Battle of Britain.
- A quarter of Bomber Command were made up of Canadians was were the dam busters.
- Royal Canadian Navy escorted 25,000 merchant ships across the Atlantic bearing 180 millions tones of freight.