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National Defence and the Canadian Forces

Joint Task Force Central & Land Force Central Area

31 Canadian Brigade Group


Peter Sliwa

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry has honoured a special veteran soldier. Pete Sliwa is the oldest-known "Riley", born October 13th, 1902. To mark his 96th birthday, our CO, LCol Bob Horning, presented Mr. Sliwa with a Commanding Officer's Commendation.

Mr. Sliwa (shown with a wartime friend, also wounded at Dieppe), who is now 98, was born in Poland, but emigrated to Canada in 1927, settling in Brantford. He joined the RHLI on the outbreak of World War II, at age 37, and was 40 when he landed at Dieppe - the oldest Riley on the raid. He was wounded but made it back to England, and went on to soldier through the remainder of the conflict.

Pete Sliwa, on the right, shows off his wartime medals and photgraph with a WW II companion after the presentations concluded. He also received a CO's commendation as the oldest surviving Riley. Photo: Capt Tim Fletcher


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