June 19, 2015

Tribute to Signalman Phillip Crouse (1941-1966)


On 5 June 2015, Liverpool High School (Nova Scotia) paid tribute to Signalman Phillip Crouse almost 50 years after his death as a member of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Egypt. UNEF was established by United Nations General Assembly to secure an end to the Suez Crisis on November 7, 1956. Signalman Philip Crouse died in the performance of his duties on August 20, 1966 while serving with 56 Canadian Signal Squadron in the outpost of Sharm El Sheikh. He is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery near Gaza City, the resting place of 23 Canadians (including Corporal Emmanuel Oliver, RC Sigs died 9 Dec 1961) amongst the thousands of mostly Commonwealth soldiers and peacekeepers who died in the region.

On 5 June 2015, Anita Hyatt, mother of Signalman Crouse and area Silver Cross mother, unveiled a plaque at the Liverpool High School attended by her son. She was joined by LCol Dale Warner, CO 36 Signal Regiment and Bill Murphy, retired member of The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals who helped organize the ceremony. Other former members of the Corps and colleagues of Signalman Crouse who attended the ceremony included Dave Elliot, Carl Amirault, Gene Williams, Allen Hopkins, and Ted Symonds.

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0 Comments on “Tribute to Signalman Phillip Crouse (1941-1966)
June 19, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Hi Eric, Thanks for this article on Phil Crouse. As you know, I look after all Airborne pers on Vancouver Island and would also like to pass this article on to all other Airborne Associations. Can you find out which Airborne Unit Phil was with before he went to 56 Sigs Sqn? I have been in Sharm when it was just a few tin roofed shacks; and later, after the Israeli’s built a resort city which the Egyptians use as a favorite wedding location. It is absolutely unbeliviable the differences since our Sigs served there. Also, I see Gene Williams name on the article. Would you pass my e/m on to him so I may make contact?

Thanks Eric,

Al Currie Jumpmaster DZVI 778-425-3282


Keith Brewer
June 20, 2015 at 5:01 PM

I served with 56 Cdn,Sig.Sqn. 1964-65 and knew Phil well as we were both in 3 Sig Sqn prior to my leaving for Egypt April 1965. I think Phil was with 3 Sigs. Airborn if Iam not mistaken.
Less we forget
Keith Brewer


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