Charles Merritt

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Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt VC, ED (10 November 1908 - 12 July 2000) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross and Member of Parliament.

Early life

Merritt was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 10 November 1908, the elder son of Lt. Colonel Cecil Merritt, who was killed at Ypres in the First World War. He entered the Royal Military College of Canada, H1866 in 1925 at the age of 16 and graduated with honors.

Career

He was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (a Militia regiment) in 1929 but read for the Bar and practiced law in Vancouver until mobilized at the outbreak of World War II.

Military service

After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada, H1866 in 1929, Merritt studied law and became a barrister in 1932. Merritt served as an officer in the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. At the outbreak of war, Merritt was promoted to the rank of major and in December sailed for England. In the next two years he held a variety of staff and regimental appointments and attended the War Staff Course at Camberley in June 1941. From GSO2 of the 3rd Canadian Division, in March 1942, he was promoted to command The South Saskatchewan Regiment, Canadian Army, (Canadian Infantry Corps). Two months later, they moved to the Isle of Wight to train for the Dieppe raid.

In March 1942, Merritt assumed command the South Saskatchewan Regiment, which he led in the Dieppe raid on 19 August 1942. Before being taken as a prisoner of war, Merritt was wounded...
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