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Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« on: December 20, 2015, 11:22:02 AM »
Peter George Insole was born in London, England in 1922. His family immigrated to Canada, and he was a student in Galt, Ontario when he heard the call of duty. As soon as he reached the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on 15 August, 1940. On 28 November he became a Leading Aircraftsman and was posted to 13 EFTS (Elementary Flying Training School) in St. Eugène, Ontario. In January 1941 he was assigned to 2 Service Flying Training School, RCAF Station Uplands. In February he was posted to Manning Depot, but one month later was discharged as he had been getting dizzy spells which is unacceptable in the RCAF. Otherwise was rated very intelligent and of good character.


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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2015, 11:22:39 AM »
On 9 October 1942 Peter Insole was TOS to No. 1 District Depot on appointment as cadet, provisional reinforcement officer, Perth Regiment and attached to the Officers Training Centre in Brockville. On 16 January 1943 he qualified and was promoted to Provisional 2/Lieut. One week later he arrived at A-10 CITC (Canadian Infantry Training Centre) at Camp Borden. On 20 February he was promoted to the rank of Lieut., and received additional training at A-29 CITC at Camp Ipperwash and No. 6 TBTC, Stratford.

Lieut. Insole was then selected for 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion and on 20 August 1943 arrived at A-35 Canadian Parachute Training Centre at Camp Shilo, Manitoba. He became a qualified parachutist on 23 September and the next month qualified “D” (Demolitions Course).

Lieut. Insole arrived in the UK on 12 April 1944. He was initially attached to the 1 Canadian Parachute Training Company (1CPTC) but went on to participate in all three major engagements undertaken by 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion.


Lieut. Insole’s Military Identity Card dated 18 April 1944.
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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2015, 11:28:14 AM »
On 27 August Lieut. Insole rejoined the battalion and was sent to Normandy (Seaborne Reinforcement), arriving two days later.

On 26 September he was once again assigned to 1CPTC, but rejoined the Battalion for the Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge), arriving in Belgium on 26 December 1944.

In March/April 1945 Lieut. Insole was a Platoon Commander racing to the Elbe River in Germany, and finally beating the Russians to Wismar on 2 May to prevent their advancing into Denmark.

“The first contact was made between “C” Coy and the Russian Scout Officer on the night of 2/3 May, but the first contact with numbers of troops was between “B” Coy to the North of Wismar, with Lt. P.G. Insole doing the handshaking and Vodka-drinking on behalf of the Battalion.”


Lieut. Insole shaking hands with a Russian Officer near Wismar, 3 May 1945



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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2015, 11:30:32 AM »
Lieut. Insole returned to Canada on 21 June 1945 and was attached to No. 1 District Depot in London, Ontario. His training continued as he qualified as Driver, 1st Class, Universal Carriers and Motorcycles on 22 September. He was finally SOS the Canadian Army on 26 February 1946.

Lieut. Insole received the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, and the War Medal 1939-45. He rejoined the militia and in 1954 was a Captain with the Essex & Kent Scottish Regiment.

Sadly, he passed away at Victoria Hospital on 5 March 2011 in his 89th year, leaving behind his two children and wife of 65 years, Ruth (Keene) Insole.


Church service program for personnel of the 6th Airborne Division, Wismar, Germany, 6 May 1945, brought back by Lieut. Insole.



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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2015, 11:31:30 AM »
Lieut. Insole’s bullion wing for officer’s service dress.

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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2015, 11:32:11 AM »
Lieut. Insole’s dog tags, personalized with religious medal and a piece of ribbon that was given out by the liberated people of Belgium.


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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2015, 11:33:03 AM »
Very rare variant private-purchase Pegasus obtained by Lieut. Insole.

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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2015, 11:34:34 AM »
Lieut. Insole’s Collars, manufactured by Scully, Montreal.


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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2015, 11:35:15 AM »
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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2015, 11:36:03 AM »
Lieut. Insole’s UK-made cap badge which he wore in Germany.


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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2015, 11:36:49 AM »
Lieut. Insole wearing the above cap badge.

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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2015, 12:41:24 PM »
Roy , that is an amazing group and the research is fantastic .The whole thing from beginning to end is just fantastic !!

Thank you for sharing this with us

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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2015, 12:52:56 PM »
Thank you sir!

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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2015, 02:59:57 PM »
  Fantastic group Roy! I used to have a Canadian para mannequin but sold it years ago. It had no known provenance and some of it was parts like the boots, field gear, rifle. I used to communicate with a Canadian in Nepean ON, named Gary Boegel quite frequently. I still have a great book on the paras called AIRBORNE by Brian Nolan, its a signed copy and I love it!   Scott
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Re: Lieut. Peter Insole, 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2015, 04:23:15 PM »
Wonderful group.  Why does his nationality say English when he was a Canadian?

 

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