John Reginald (Jack ) Peel circa 1940. C53151 served with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders – they were part of the invasion force on Juno beach, June 6th, 1944 (D-Day) and fought across Europe eventually liberating The Netherlands. He served his country from 1940 – 1945.
The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders were mobilized in June 1940 to guard the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Regiment absorbed companies from the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment and the Brockville Rifles to form an overseas battalion that went to England in 1941 as part of the 9th (Highland) Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.
The SD&G Highlanders landed in Normandy on D-Day as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and were the first regiment to enter Caen, reaching the center of the city at 1300 hours, July 9, 1944. The SD&G Highlanders took part in many brutal battles across Europe: Orne (Buron), Bourguebus Ridge, Faubourg de Vaucelles, Falaise (Falaise Gap), The Laison, Chambois, Boulogne 1944, The Scheldt, Savojaards Plaat, Breskens Pocket, The Rhineland, Wall Flats, The Hochwald, The Rhine, Zutphen and Leer.
At dawn on May 3, 1945, German marine-units launched an attack on two forward companies of the SD&G Highlanders, occupying the village of Rorichum, near Oldersum, that was the final action during the war, VE Day found the SD&G Highlanders near Emden.
SD&G info from the Military Wikia page.