Canadian Phis Casualties at Dieppe
By I I A BRAY SPAULDING, Toronto
WO gallant Phis are prisoners of
war in the hands of the Germans following the engagement at Dieppe, and
at least two others are reported missing.
They are Lieut. Col. Douglas Ellisson
Catto, Toronto '23; Lieutenant William
Anderson Millar, Jr., Alberta '38; Lieutenant John Milloy Gordon, Manitoba
'32; and Pilot Officer Paris Richmond
Eakins, Manitoba '36.
The Dieppe Raid featured prominently the Canadian troops, among
whom the Royal Regiment of Canada
had the highest representation and took
a conspicuous part. Lieutenant Colonel
Catto, commander of the Regiment, took
his battalion to Dieppe, led the charge
after landing, and was last seen, unharmed, setting up his headquarters on
the sea-wall. His men formed part of the
assaulting party of the left flank. German
E-boats intercepted the troops as they left
the mother ships. As a result, the heaviest casualties of the raid were sustained
in capturing their objective.
Brother Catto was listed as missing,
presumed to be killed, on September 17.
Fortunately, however, word has now
come that he is a prisoner in a German
prison camp. He suffered no wounds.
Lieutenant Millar, of the Royal Canadian Engineers, went overseas in November 1941 and was active in several
of the practice raids. Rumor has it that
his job in the Dieppe Raid was concerned with the handhng of explosives,
but exact information is wanting. He is
a prisoner of war at Morencz, France.
Lieutenant Gordon and Pilot Officer
Eakins are reported missing after the
raid, but so far no particulars about
them are known. It is to be hoped that
later reports will show them to be alive.
It is not improbable that there were
other Phis engaged in the Dieppe Raid,
but information concerning them, if any,
has not been received.
Douglas Catto was born April 13,
1899, in Toronto. He attended high
school in the city and attained his University entrance requirements. At the
DOUGLAS ELLISSON CATTO, Toronto
age of seventeen, with the first World
War at the halfway mark, he enlisted.
As a gunner with the 2nd Howitzer Battery of the 1st Brigade he served from
October 1916 to June 1919. During this
time the artillery unit was in France,
Belgium, and Occupied Germany.
On returning to Canada, Catto attended the architectural course at the
University of Toronto. He pledged A
and became the 127th brother in the
Bond of Ontario Alpha. Though of a
light build, he made his mark in sports
by captaining the second football team
and playing hockey.
He worked in the City with his brother
in the firm of Catto and Catto. In 1929
he was married and now has two sons,
aged 11 and 7. He took a keen interest
in gardening and boat-building at his