Hiscott, Patrick Brian

Captain Patrick Brian Hiscott

Captain Patrick Brian Hiscott was born 17 March 1912 in Hamilton, Ontario son of James Oscar Hiscott and Rose Alice O’Brien.

In 1928 at the age of 16 he joined the Brass Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry as a clarinet player.

Hiscott graduated from  McMaster University in 1933 with a B.A. (Political Economy) and the University of Toronto in 1938 with an M.A. (Political Science and Economics). He also completed extension courses in Spanish and Italian.

He then worked from 1933 to 1940 with Wood Gundy and Co. Ltd in Toronto as a salesman.

Military Service

  • Militia – date of joining unknown
  • Camp Niagara – 1932 – 2 weeks
  • Camp Niagara – 1940 – 2 weeks
  • 1941 July 25 – Officer’s Declaration Paper indicates he was serving in  2nd Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Canadian Army (Reserve) “ in the rank of “2 Lieutenant”, and was assigned to the No. 2 District Depot – Q.O.R. of C., with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, as a reinforcement officer.
  • 1941- O.T.C. Brockville, I.T.C Borden
  • 1941 December – Promoted to Lieutenant
  • 1942 – B.T.C Peterborough, I.T.C. Borden
  • 1942 July – embarked for U.K. – Division Infantry Reinforcement Unit
  • 1942 November – 10 days in hospital after being admitted to Canadian Field ambulance – reason unknown
  • 1942 August – December – various units – 3 C. D.I.R.U., E.R.U.
  • 1943 – January to December – various units – 1 C.E.R.U., E.R.U., G.R.U, C.I.R.U.
  • 1943 October 26 – embarked, November 8 – disembarked – N.A. (? North Africa?)
  • 1944  January to March – with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Central Mediterranean Force, Allied Armies Italy
  • 1944 March – admitted to hospital (assume due to shrapnel injury in field)
  • 1944 April – evacuated to U.K.
  • 1944 June 6 – embarked from northern England for Canada
  • 1944 July to December – various assignments – Toronto, Orillia
  • 1945 January to December – various assignments – Orillia, Toronto, Camp Borden
  • 1945 July to August – “On command to Directorate of Personnel Selection, National Defense Headquarters”
  • 1945 August to January – Personnel Selection Staff (Canada)
  • 1945 November– Promoted to Acting Captain
  • 1946 January 31 – Promoted to Captain, transferred to the Reserve of Active Officers
  • 1946-1953 – member of Reserve

Medals Awarded

  • Defence Medal – 1st Bn. Q.O.R. of C. – service in U.K. July19 1942 – October 25, 1943
  • 1939-1945 Star – R.C.R. (Q.O.R. Exchange) – Mediterranean Theatre, Italy – October 25, 1943 – April 25, 1944 – Evacuated on account of sickness
  • Italy Star – R.C.R. (Q.O.R. Exchange) – Mediterranean theatre – Italy -October 25, 1943- April 25, 1944
  • Canadian Volunteer Service Medal – and clasp
    War Medal, 1939-1945

Summary of Service, Training and Duties

  • 54 months service
  • 22 months overseas service in U.K. and Italy
  • 5 months training and courses
  • 6 months instructor
  • 36 months platoon commander
  • Army Counsellors Course
  • 7 months Army Counsellor
  • Promoted – 2/Lieutenant to Lieutenant – December 1941
  • To Acting Captain December 1945
  • To Captain January 1946

In 1946 he returned to employment at Wood Gundy And Co. Ltd.

Hiscott died 5 December 1957 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. Ontario.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"