Ned Amy – Ardent Advocate for the Reactivation of the Halifax Rifles.

2510 Edward A.C. "Ned" Amy (RMC 1936) – 2510 BGen (Ret’d) Edward A.C. “Ned” Amy OBE, DSO, MC (RMC 1936)

A 1939 graduate of Royal Military College of Canada, he commanded A Squadron of the Calgary Regiment in Italy, where he won the Military Cross for his “determined and gallant leadership in taking and holding a vital bridgehead over the Moro River” with his Sherman tanks in December, 1943. He arrived in Normandy, France on July 26, 1944, seven weeks after D-Day. Three days later, then-Major Amy commanded a troop of the 22nd Guard Grenadier Canadian Armoured Regiment in the fight for Grentheville.

During the next five weeks, he participated in all the battles that led to the liberation of Normandy. His regiment was awarded four distinctions for its action in the Battle of Falaise. He led an attack against Kurt Meyer’s notorious 12th SS Panzer Division that resulted in the liberation of Cintheaux and Bretteville. From August 14 to 17, 1944, his unit was committed to the battle of Rouves, where his tank was destroy ed. Finally, he took part in the fights of Falaise against elements of the 3rd SS Panzer Division and the 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. After the Battle of Normandy, his unit went into action on the Seine and Somme Rivers, liberating many towns and villages and taking many German prisoners. In the closing months of the war, he fought in Belgium and Germany, where he was wounded.

Ned Amy and MND Peter Mackay

LCol E.A.C. Amy was appointed General Staff Officer Grade I in the Canadian Section Headquarters First (Commonwealth) Division, Korea from 16 Aug 52 – 3 Aug 53. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Order, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and recipient of the Military Cross, the Canadian Decoration and the American Bronze Star. He retired as a Brigadier-General in 1972. On July 18, 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Legion d’honneur, France’s highest distinction. In the citation, Mr. Nicholas stated that Ned Amy “demonstrated outstanding bravery in France during the fiercest battles of World War II.” On the 7th of November 2007, he was presented the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia SAC award.

He lives in Halifax. He is an ardent advocate for the reactivation of the Halifax Rifles, which were disbanded in 1965. The Halifax Rifles, an armoured recce unit, was reactivated on Sunday, May 10th, 2009. For more information on this, click here.

4 Comments

  • 3584 Archie Beare

    August 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    A typical success by BGen Ned Amy. I appreciated the opportunity to serve as the G3(Ops) in HQ 1 CMBG, Calgary from July 1965 – Aug 1966 during Gen AMY’S command of the brigade group. One could not have a finer example to follow and learn from.

  • Wyn van der Schee

    August 4, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Ned Amy deserves a medal for his relentless and long-lasting battle of 35+ years to re-establish The Halifax Rifles. It is very satisfying to see a battle won against the Ottawa bureaucracy.
    One small correction to the story. By 1944 Ned, as a major, would have been commanding a tank squadron; troops were and are commanded in the Armoured Corps by lieutenants. And he was a member of the 22nd Armoured Regiment (Canadian Grenadier Guards), not the 22nd Guard Grenadier Canadian Armoured Regiment (where did that come from?)

  • Victoria Edwards

    August 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Wyn Van Der Schee,

    I appreciated the opportunity to put this profile together.

    A major source was Issue 11 of the Senate Debates (Hansard) of November 14, 2007 in which Hon. Wilfred P. Moore recognized his friend BGen (Ret’d) Edward A.C. “Ned” Amy. The bio refers to the 22nd Guard Grenadier Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    http://www.parl.gc.ca/39/2/parlbus/chambus/senate/DEB-E/011db_2007-11-14-e.htm?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=2#3

    In ‘No Holding Back: Operation Totalize, Normandy’ details his commanding the lead tank squadron. http://www.journal.dnd.ca/vo6/no3/br-cl-06-eng.asp

    For BGen Ned Amy at the Halifax Rifles reception, see
    http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/36CBG…/LK2009-016-112.html

  • Wyn van der Schee

    August 10, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Victoria,
    One should never take anything from the government. including Hansard, as gospel; however, your effort to eulogize Ned is sincerely appreciated.
    Wyn