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March 21, 2002
Media Advisory: Toronto war hero honoured with park plaque
Parks and Recreation -- Members of the media are invited to attend the official
unveiling of a plaque at Topham Park that honours Toronto-born Corporal
Frederick George Topham (1917-1974), a Victoria Cross recipient for his bravery
in the Second World War.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor Case Ootes (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth), Councillor
Michael Tziretas (Ward 31, Beaches-East York), and Jan de Vries, President of
the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, will officiate the ceremony. The Queen's
Own Rifles Band and Buglers will perform. A platoon of serving paratroopers
will attend in support of the veterans.

Date: Sunday, March 24

Time: 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Topham Park
1 Tiago Ave.

(The closest major intersection is St. Clair Avenue East. and Victoria Park
Avenue. Topham Park is located on Westview Boulevard between Selwyn and Tiago

Corporal Topham was a medical orderly with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
in the Second World War. On March 24, 1945, he endured heavy enemy fire while
treating casualties of a mass parachute assault. Even after he received a
bullet wound to the face, he persevered and continued to rescue three other men
from a burning carrier that was about to explode. For his bravery, Topham was
awarded the Victoria Cross -- the highest decoration for valour in the British
Commonwealth. In addition, an East York park was named in his honour.

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