William C. Dick, OBE, CD
Colonel William Clement Dick was in the class of '30 when he attended St. Andrew's College from 1923 to 1926.
He served with the Canadian Army throughout the war and participated in the raid on Dieppe as a Lieutenant with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry where he was wounded. From December 1943 to January 1944 he was Brigade Major of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade and commanded the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish from 19 July 1944 until 15 March 1945 serving in North Africa and Italy.
Colonel Dick was appointed Director of the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston in 1947 and then was Chief of Staff at postings in Quebec and the prairie provinces.
He died May 25, 1997 in Toronto, survived by his wife Eleanor and daughters Diane and Joan.
"Lieutenant-Colonel Dick has served with the Canadian Army since the outbreak of war, both regimentally and on the staff, including operations at Dieppe, in North Africa and in Italy. During this period he has shown unflagging energy, contagious enthusiasm, outstanding initiative and organizing ability. During the advance to and beyond Campobasso in October-November 1943, when the line of communication was extremely long, this officer, despite the difficulties, organized and carried out in one night a dumping programme of seven hundred rounds per gun for the Divisional Artillery. Later during this period he arranged the evacuation of refugees at the extremely high rate of four hundred per day. During December 1943 and January 1944, Lieutenant-Colonel Dick carried out his duties as Brigade Major, 2 Canadian Infantry Brigade, with outstanding ability during the famed assault across the Moro and the capture of Ortona. Subsequent to the operations of the Liri Valley, it was decided to include an additional Infantry Brigade in the Armoured Division. To obtain the necessary troops it was necessary, on 19 July 1944, to reorganize a light anti-aircraft regiment into an infantry battalion. Lieutenant-Colonel Dick was given command of the new infantry battalion [Lanark and Renfrew Scottish] and the job of reorganizing and training the unit for battle. By his untiring efforts he obtained the necessary extra officers from infantry units throughout the Corps, personally selected all key personnel from the reinforcement unit and arranged special training for the unit's reinforcements. The organization completed, Lieutenant-Colonel Dick so arranged the training that the unit was able to successfully acquit itself in the assault and breakthrough of the Gothic Line, 29 August 1944. The organization and training of a Battalion in forty-one days, in addition to services previously mentioned, adequately demonstrate qualities which are deserving of the highest recognition."
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe."