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Hub Gray fonds
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PPCLI Fonds 42
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6 cm of textual records. - ca. 300 photographs. - 31 slides.
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Hubert Archibald "Hub" Gray, 1928-2018, joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment in 1948. In October 1950 he volunteered for service in the Korean War, and transferred as a Lieutenant to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI). In February 1951 he arrived in Korea as second-in-command of the Mortar Platoon. He was said to have acted coolly and decisively during the Battle of KapYong, Korea, 24-25 April 1951. He was later appointed Commander of 12 Platoon, D Company in charge of a machine gun section. Promoted to Captain following his return to Canada in November 1951, he realized his goal of becoming a paratrooper in 1952. He resigned from the Permanent Force in 1953, but continued to serve in the Militia, with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and the 48th Highlanders, until 1958. In civilian life, he became a partner in Richardson Securities, specializing in petroleum investments. He was active in veterans' organizations and in the PPCLI Heritage Committee. He was the author of: Beyond the danger close : the Korean experience revealed : 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. - Calgary : Bunker to Bunker Pub., 2003. In 1953 he married Pam Cowie, and they had four sons, Char, Chris, Randy, and Tim.
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The fonds contains photographs (prints and negatives) of Exercise Sweetbriar and the Korean War (1950-1951); 31 slides illustrating Hub Gray's PPCLI service from 1950 to 1953; 13 photographs of the dedication ceremony of the Radar Hill Memorial, Tofino, BC (1998); and 11 photographs of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Trooping (2001). Includes researched reports on the events of the Battle of KapYong; and a copy of Gray's book Beyond the Danger Close.
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Gift of Hub Gray, 1990-2003
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Reproduction and publication of the photographs requires permission of PPCLI Museum and Archives.
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Additional textual records from Hub Gray can be found in Collection 1, the PPCLI Association Collection. Annotated prints of Hub Gray's Korean War photographs are also located in Collection P130, 2PPCLI in Korea photographs, identified as the H.Gray Collection series.
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