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A PART OF OUR HISTORY: RLA’s Connection With the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Formed in 1942, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion trained in England and first saw action when it parachuted into France as part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.  The Battalion battled through the Ardennes, Holland and on March 24, 1945 took part in the invasion of Germany during “Operation Varsity” (The Rhine Drop).  Disbanded on September 30, 1945, the soldiers of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion were the most skilled Canadian soldiers to fight in World War II and advanced deeper into Germany than any other Canadian unit during the war.

Robert Land Academy is proud of its strong relationship with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association.  LCol Fraser Eadie served with the Battalion throughout the war, and as Commanding Officer from March through September 1945.  He later served as a Governor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Robert Land Academy, maintaining close relations with the Academy until his passing in 2003.  The Academy’s parade square (Eadie Square) is named in his honour.  At a dedication ceremony in October 2005, Robert Land Academy hosted members of the Eadie family along with 11 members of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.  A plaque commemorating LCol Eadie’s service to the Academy was unveiled and is permanently mounted in a place of honour on the parade square.

Robert Land Academy maintains a close relationship with the members of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association, and flies the Association’s colours at special parades and functions.  The Cadets of Robert Land Academy are fortunate to regularly welcome Association members to the Academy. 

These veterans’ service to Canada truly exemplifies those values that the Academy promotes in each of its Cadets - LOYALTY, LABOUR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT and HONOUR. 

We are proud to include these heroes as part of the Robert Land Academy family, and to have them as part of our history.

For further information about Robert Land Academy or the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, visit these websites:

www.robertlandacademy.com