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Old 09-08-18, 08:27 PM
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Default Lieutenant G.P. Comper CANLOAN officer.

Lieutenant G.P. Comper (left), a paratroop officer who fought at Arnhem, talking with Major-General E.G. Weeks at the first annual reunion of CANLOAN officers, Royal Empire Society, London, England, 14 April 1945.
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George W. Comper, OC 18 Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion The Border Regiment at Arnhem, where he was wounded and ended the War as a prisoner of war.

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Glider-borne rather than Paratroop I believe.

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Lieutenant G.P. Comper (left), a paratroop officer who fought at Arnhem, talking with Major-General E.G. Weeks at the first annual reunion of CANLOAN officers, Royal Empire Society, London, England, 14 April 1945.
Jo, another great photo. Thanks for posting.

I notice Lieutenant Comper is wearing British BD with a CANADA badge. I'm wondering if the background colour of the CANADA badge is in the British BD colour or the greener Canadian hue. I also noted the ribbon at the base of the epaulette.

I can't understand why there would be a CANLOAN reunion before the war ended, but I guess they had their reasons.

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I also noted the ribbon at the base of the epaulette.
The Border Regiment, part of the 1st Airlanding Brigade, so yes, glider-borne, wore coloured epaulette tabs as follows:
HQ Comp – yellow
A Comp – green
B Comp – white, then (pre Arnhem) purple (to avoid being confused with officer cadet shoulder strip designations)
C Comp – red
D Comp – pale blue
S Comp – dark blue
T, (Training) later R Comp - black
Thus his would have been red.

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I can't understand why there would be a CANLOAN reunion before the war ended, but I guess they had their reasons.
According to my info he was POW until April '45, so either he was liberated or escaped before the end of the war, and shortly thereafter was at this meeting or either the date when the photo was taken is off or my POW info is wrong.

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Jo, another great photo. Thanks for posting.

Thank you very much.
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The Border Regiment, part of the 1st Airlanding Brigade, so yes, glider-borne, wore coloured epaulette tabs as follows:
HQ Comp – yellow
A Comp – green
B Comp – white, then (pre Arnhem) purple (to avoid being confused with officer cadet shoulder strip designations)
C Comp – red
D Comp – pale blue
S Comp – dark blue
T, (Training) later R Comp - black
Thus his would have been red.



According to my info he was POW until April '45, so either he was liberated or escaped before the end of the war, and shortly thereafter was at this meeting or either the date when the photo was taken is off or my POW info is wrong.

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Thanks Thomas for the great info.My guess is that he was a freshly liberated PoW and, being an officer he was sent to London on a priority list.


First annual reunion of CANLOAN officers, Royal Empire Society, London, England, 14 April 1945.
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Dan, from what I can see in the image, the Canada title is a Canadian made pattern.
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Dan, from what I can see in the image, the Canada title is a Canadian made pattern.
Thanks, Bill. Must have stood out quite distinctly on British BD.

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