Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 29, 2007 12:20 ET

DND: First-Ever Interment of Allied Personnel at Canada's National Military Cemetery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2007) - A semi-private funeral ceremony was conducted at Canada's National Military Cemetery (NMC) today to inter a Royal Air Force (RAF) couple. Padre Gerald Peddle presided at the ceremony.

Mrs. Ivy Lillian Hide (nee Long) served from 20 Aug. 1941 to 25 April 1947 in the RAF trade of telephonist. Mr. Robert Alfred Hide served in the RAF as Sig I from 10 June 1941 to 28 Nov. 1949. Following the War, the Allied couple immigrated to Canada to live and raise a family.

Mr. Robert Hide was a member in good standing with several organizations, including as president of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association (447 Wing). Mrs. Hide was also an active executive member of the Wing. In addition, Mr. Hide served in several other capacities, with the Bomber Command Association, the British Berlin Airlift Association, the Air Crew Association (RAF), the 7 Squadron Association (RAF), Branch 36 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canadian Wartime Heritage Museum.

"I'm delighted to know that my parents' wishes have been honoured," said Mr. Bernie Hide, son of the RAF couple.

"The interment has been a great occasion and a turning point in the evolution of Canada's NMC and of Beechwood Cemetery," said Padre Paul Alain Monpas.

Also present was British High Commission Advisor, RAF Squadron Leader Anthony Mountain.

For more information about Canada's National Military Cemetery visit www.forces.gc.ca

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