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provided by Peaceful Schools International, Nova Scotia,
Brigadier Harry H. Angle, DSO died
on 17th July 1950 when the plane he was travelling on
crashed in the mountains of Punjab-Kashmir region. He
had been acting as the Chief Military Observer for the
United Nations Commission for Kashmir, and was the first
Canadian peacekeeper to be killed whilst on a UN peacekeeping
He was also the first Chief Military
Observer in the region and helped to establish a UN
control headquarters in Srinagar, India, and then in
Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Angle had previously been serving
as an observer supervising the truce between India and
Pakistan in Kashmir since the beginning of 1949.
A statement given by the United Nations
Secretary General Trygve Lie, concerning the tragedy,
recognized and praised 'the high quality of their work,
and their devotion to duty' stating that 'their spirit
of cooperation will long be remembered in the annals
of the United Nations.'
During the Second World War, Brigadier
Angle had been in command of the British Columbia Dragoons
of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division in Italy, and
was later general officer (1st grade) at the division's
After the war he returned to Canada
with the B.C. Dragoons and remained as its commander
when the regiment was converted into a reserve unit.
When he retired from active military life, Angle returned
to fruit ranching and became a magistrate in Kelowna
United Nations Bulletin
August 1, 1950
Air Crash Kills Four
on India and Pakistan Representative's Staff
Four members on the staff of Sir Own
Dixon, United Nations Representative in India and Pakistan,
were killed in a airplane crash on July 17, on a flight
between New Delhi and Srinagar, Capital of Kashmir.
Among the victims were Sandford Major,
Communications Officer with Sir Owen; Brigadier H.H.
Angle of Canada, formerly Chief Military Observer for
the Commission for India and Pakistan; and two United
States military observers, Lieut.-Col. Mayfield and
Mar. Major, who was 36 years old, joined the Secretariat
in October 1946. He served with the United Nations Palestine
Commission as a communications officer and volunteered
to help organize and maintain United Nations communications
Brigadier Angle, who was 43, formerly
commanded the Ninth Armored Regiment of the Fifth Canadian
Armored Division. He led his regiment in Italy and northwest
Europe during the Second World War. He retired to the
Supplementary Reserve of the Canadian Army in 1947 and
was appointed Chief Military Observer to the Commission
in January 1950.
In a statement following the tragedy,
Secretary-General Trygve Lie said he was deeply grieved.
"All these United Nations Officers," he continued,
"have had a most excellent record while serving
the cause of the United Nations in India and Pakistan.
"The high quality of their work,
their devotion to duty, their spirit of co-operation
will long be remembered in the annals of the United
Nations," he stated. The Secretary-General also
expressed his sympathy to the Government of India for
the death of Indian officials on the plane.