Colonel James Riley (Jim) Stone, DSO, MC, CD

Col JR Stone Colonel Stone of Salmon Arm, BC enlisted in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in 1939 and in less then five years was commanding his unit in action in Italy. He was decorated four times for gallantry and leadership under fire.

For his skill in handling his troops in action, especially during the bloody and costly fighting at Ortona, Italy, he was awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order. Later, he was awarded a bar to his DSO.

After the war he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers (Militia).

He returned to the Army in 1950 to command the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, the first Canadian Unit in action in Korea. While commanding this battalion he won a second bar to his DSO for courageous leadership under fire.

Colonel Stone later commanded the Canadian Army's coronation contingent in London and on his return to Canada was appointed Chief Instructor at the Royal Canadian School of Infantry.

He was promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed Provost Marshal in August 1954, remaining in this post until being seconded to the Department of Justice in November 1958. He retired from the army in October 1960.


Source: Canadian Provost Corps "Silver Jubilee", 1940 - 1965, printed by Mortimer Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, May 1965.

Web Master's Note:
Colonel Stone passed peacefully away in Victoria, BC on the 24 November 2005.


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