Clifford Chadderton

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H. Clifford Chadderton
Born (1919-05-09)9 May 1919
Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Died 30 November 2013(2013-11-30) (aged 94)
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps
Known for Canadian Veteran advocate

Hugh Clifford "Cliff" Chadderton, CC OOnt (9 May 1919 – 30 November 2013) was a Canadian World War II veteran and Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Fort William, Ontario, he worked as a news editor for Canadian Press and a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and he attended the University of Manitoba. Chadderton played for the Winnipeg Rangers hockey team, the farm team for the New York Rangers.

He enlisted on 15 October 1939, serving with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the Non-Permanent Active Militia. Chadderton rose from non-commissioned rank to officer commanding an infantry company with the acting rank of Major. He was stationed in Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was wounded twice, once by a bullet at the Abbaye d'Ardenne in Normandy and once by a grenade near the Leopold Canal, losing his right leg below the knee.

In 1965, Chadderton became the Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps.

In 1967, the Government of Canada named Chadderton to the position of Executive Secretary to the Canadian Pension Survey Committee along with Hon. Judge Randall and Colonel Nantel under the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ottawa, Ontario.

He was Chairman of the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada, an umbrella organization for a variety of veterans' groups. Chadderton played a leading role in the campaign against the controversial NFB documentary, The Kid Who Couldn't Miss and in pressuring the Canadian War Museum to rewrite its Bomber Command exhibit.[1] In 1992, he led the fight to put pressure on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) from re-broadcasting a controversial documentary series it commissioned called The Valour and the Horror. The CBC's Ombudsman, William Morgan, decided with Chadderton, and stated that "the series was 'flawed' and 'fails to measure up' to CBC's standards."[2]

Chadderton married Dorothy Barnfather, with whom he had two children, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. He married his third wife, Nina, in the 1980s. He died on 30 November 2013.[3]



Canadian artist Christian Cardell Corbet completed an oil painting of Chadderton in 2005.[citation needed]


  1. ^ News Staff (28 April 2007). "War Museum to Reword Controversial Display". CTV News. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ Steed, Judy (1992-11-22). "Valor — and Horror — abound at the CBC". The Toronto Star. pp. A1, A4. 
  3. ^ "War Amps Mourns Passing Of Cliff Chadderton (1919 -2013)". War Amps. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010

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