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Passchendaele veteran honoured at Canadian War Museum

By Catherine Villeneuve, Guard of Honour News

The Canadian War Museum (CWM) recently made another Victoria Cross acquisition, this one belonging to Corporal (later Sergeant) Colin Fraser Barron of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Cpl Barron received the highest military valour award in 1917 for his heroism at Passchendaele, Belgium, where he successfully and singlehandedly conducted an attack on a cluster of three enemy machine guns.

“This medal is a testament to one soldier’s courage and a symbol of the service and sacrifice of all Canadian soldiers who fought on the Western Front a century ago,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “Its acquisition is especially meaningful this year as we commemorate the centenary of Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge and other iconic battles of the First World War.”

Cpl Barron is part of the nine Canadian soldiers to have been awarded the Victoria Cross for their outstanding bravery at Passchendaele. As history tells us, this battle is considered one of the most tragic and momentous battles in Canadian military history, with the Canadian army suffering terrible losses in the process, with some 16,000 killed or wounded. Following his valiant efforts in the First World War, Barron would go on to fight in the the Second World War as well. He passed in 1958 in Toronto, after having immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1910.

The Barron Victoria Cross Medal Set is the 37th Victoria Cross Medal Set to be acquired by the Canadian War Museum and the fifth one for the Battle of Passchendaele.

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