Technically, Korea was a “Police Action” as the last time that the Government of Canada declared war on another nation was at the onset of World War II. In most reports, it is noted as the Korean Conflict 1950-1953 which was followed by the Korean Peacekeeping Mission 1953-1957.
|To the best of our knowledge, only one Milton soldier paid the “ultimate sacrifice” in the Korean Conflict. His name was Trooper John Fulton Smillie #B801149 the son of George Fulton Smillie (#663118 164th Bn, WWI) and Margaret (nee Wilson) of Milton, Ontario and brother of David, George, Samuel, Colin, Margaret, and Mary. He enlisted in Toronto on August 17, 1950 and was killed in action on December 17, 1951. He served with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse of the Royal Canadian Army Corp.
||Trooper Smillie is commemorated on the Victoria Park Cenotaph in Milton, Ontario. His name is shown on two places. As in the image shown here, he is listed under the KOREAN WAR at the bottom of the WWI soldiers. He is also listed under the war dead of Milton for WWII.
John Fulton Smillie is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour in the main hall of Milton District High School as well as in Knox Presbyterian Church.Records pertaining to Trooper Smillie can be found here:
Trooper Smillie’s name is also recorded in the Book of Remembrance in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa and on the Korean Memorial in Brampton.