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 Farley Mowat wrote of then Lt Col D C Cameron of Lochiel, the most decorated Glengarrian of the 2nd World War: Farley Mowat wrote of then Lt Col D C Cameron of Lochiel, the most decorated Glengarrian of the 2nd World War:
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 //"It was dark before the plans were completed and as the CO gave his orders one new Company commander could not conceal his doubts; “Sir”, he said. “We’ll never make it”. //"It was dark before the plans were completed and as the CO gave his orders one new Company commander could not conceal his doubts; “Sir”, he said. “We’ll never make it”.
 Cameron showed his mettle. ​ As if the interruption had not taken place he continued in his quiet voice to give the details of the battle. ​ His placidity in what seemed to most of his officers to be a suicidal action, perhaps made the difference between defeat and victory”.//​ Cameron showed his mettle. ​ As if the interruption had not taken place he continued in his quiet voice to give the details of the battle. ​ His placidity in what seemed to most of his officers to be a suicidal action, perhaps made the difference between defeat and victory”.//​
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-Donald Cameron was the son of Robert William and Elizabeth Cameron. ​ He was born on 5<​sup>​th</​sup>​ April 1911 on the family farm, Lot 35, Concession 5 in Lochiel Township. ​ This is a little east of the Fassifern cross roads. ​ When DC was five years old he was smitten with the long recruiting march of the 154th Overseas Battalion CEF pipe band as it wove its way through the Counties. ​ Family lore has it that he wanted to wear a uniform just like the soldiers. ​ His mother made him a uniform, and on visits to Alexandria, nothing delighted the boy more than watching the recruits drilling at the Armoury during the latter years of World War I.+Donald Cameron was the son of Robert William and Elizabeth Cameron. ​ He was born on 5<​sup>​th</​sup>​ April 1911 on the family farm, Lot 35, Concession 5 in Lochiel Township. ​ This is a little east of the Fassifern cross roads. ​ When DC was five years old he was smitten with the long recruiting march of the 154<​sup>​th</​sup> ​Overseas Battalion CEF pipe band as it wove its way through the Counties. ​ Family lore has it that he wanted to wear a uniform just like the soldiers. ​ His mother made him a uniform, and on visits to Alexandria, nothing delighted the boy more than watching the recruits drilling at the Armoury during the latter years of World War I.
  
 DC was educated at Alexandria High School and in 1926 went to work at Courtaulds synthetic fibres plant in Cornwall. He also had a dream of becoming an engineer, though there is no evidence of Courtaulds having an apprentice program. ​ His desire to become a soldier remained strong and he joined the Militia, the recently formed SD&G Highlanders. ​ In 1928 DC received his commission in the Regiment. Robert Cameron died in 1936, aged 55. Elizabeth moved to Cornwall to live with DC at 308 Pitt Street. DC was educated at Alexandria High School and in 1926 went to work at Courtaulds synthetic fibres plant in Cornwall. He also had a dream of becoming an engineer, though there is no evidence of Courtaulds having an apprentice program. ​ His desire to become a soldier remained strong and he joined the Militia, the recently formed SD&G Highlanders. ​ In 1928 DC received his commission in the Regiment. Robert Cameron died in 1936, aged 55. Elizabeth moved to Cornwall to live with DC at 308 Pitt Street.
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 In the early hours of September 20<​sup>​th</​sup>​ 1944, and throughout the day, The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment assaulted, and engaged in close combat with, strong enemy positions on the vitally important San Fortunato feature. The Divisional attack was led by this unit acting on a battalion plan formulated, and orders given, by Lt Col Cameron. The achievement of the Regiment was such that it very materially contributed to the success of the whole Divisional plan the seizing of this last defence of Rimini. In the early hours of September 20<​sup>​th</​sup>​ 1944, and throughout the day, The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment assaulted, and engaged in close combat with, strong enemy positions on the vitally important San Fortunato feature. The Divisional attack was led by this unit acting on a battalion plan formulated, and orders given, by Lt Col Cameron. The achievement of the Regiment was such that it very materially contributed to the success of the whole Divisional plan the seizing of this last defence of Rimini.
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 Throughout each of these actions, Lt Col Cameron handled his command with coolness, skill and great determination. ​ As a result of the disregard for personal safety, sound judgement and inspiring leadership of this officer, the battalion under his command carried out its tasks with precision and determination which brought success to their operations, and very materially contributed to the achievement of Brigade and Divisional plans.// Throughout each of these actions, Lt Col Cameron handled his command with coolness, skill and great determination. ​ As a result of the disregard for personal safety, sound judgement and inspiring leadership of this officer, the battalion under his command carried out its tasks with precision and determination which brought success to their operations, and very materially contributed to the achievement of Brigade and Divisional plans.//
  
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 With DC out of the line in December, the Hast P’s, under command of the Second in Command, suffered a severe setback at the Vecchio River. ​ During the next month, DC had to use all his leadership skills to restore “the battle confidence” of the Hasty P’s. Farley Mowat again wrote; With DC out of the line in December, the Hast P’s, under command of the Second in Command, suffered a severe setback at the Vecchio River. ​ During the next month, DC had to use all his leadership skills to restore “the battle confidence” of the Hasty P’s. Farley Mowat again wrote;
  
-//On February ​15th, the unit took a heavy blow.  Lt Col Cameron was promoted and ordered to return to England. ​ There was only one consolation and this was that by February 15<​sup>​th</​sup>,​ the Regiment’s spirit was again almost what it had been before the December shambles. ​ Cameron had managed a hard task with skill. ​ He had command the unit through some of its best days, and through its darkest hours, and he had not failed the Regiment which had adopted him, and of which he had become a living part.//+//On February ​15<​sup>​th</​sup>​, the unit took a heavy blow.  Lt Col Cameron was promoted and ordered to return to England. ​ There was only one consolation and this was that by February 15<​sup>​th</​sup>,​ the Regiment’s spirit was again almost what it had been before the December shambles. ​ Cameron had managed a hard task with skill. ​ He had command the unit through some of its best days, and through its darkest hours, and he had not failed the Regiment which had adopted him, and of which he had become a living part.//
  
 After a brief tenure with the 7<​sup>​th</​sup>​ Canadian Infantry Training Regiment in England, DC was given a unique command on 10<​sup>​th</​sup>​ May 1945.  After a brief tenure with the 7<​sup>​th</​sup>​ Canadian Infantry Training Regiment in England, DC was given a unique command on 10<​sup>​th</​sup>​ May 1945. 
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