About Steve’s Family History & Service

Steve has been involved with the military and police services for most of his working career. His first military service was in the British Army serving in the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, hence, the name “The Dragoon”. Steve has seen service in Aden, the U.K., and Germany.

After coming to Canada, Steve became a member of the Innisfil Township Police then transferred to the Barrie City Police. During this time, Steve joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and was commissioned.

For Canadian military service he was awarded the Canadian Decoration (CD). While serving with the Barrie Police Service, Steve was awarded one of Canada’s highest bravery awards, The Star of Courage (SC).
Other medals include the British GSM with Bar – South Arabia, Queen’s Jubilee and the Police Exemplary Service.

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Steve’s father was

R.S.M. Joe (Paddy) Graham of the Queen’s Bays.

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R.S.M Joe (Paddy) Graham M.S.M.

The Queen’s Bays

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Trooper J.S. Graham M.S.M
15th-19th Hussars.

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On patrol “Up the Khyber Pass” with the 15th-19th Hussars

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The Queen’s Bays in North Africa

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Bunch of happy lads, must have been payday and
after lunch in the mess. R.A.C. Ranges Kirkcudbright
Scotland 1953

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The R.S.M.

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Dickson Graham Royal Garrison Artillery( Uncle )

Dickson Graham, died in 1921 from wounds he received during the Great War. I do not know much of his involvement during the war. He is buried in Belfast City Cemetery and his headstone indicates he served with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He did marry an English lady who was his nurse in France. I hope to add more information on this fellow at a later date.

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Rifleman THOMAS JOHN GRAHAM ( Uncle )


 

James Graham (Uncle)

James Graham, another uncle is a bit of a mystery. He served in the British Army during the Great War. It is believed he served in the Inniskillen Fusiliers. There are several fellows who bear his name or initials. It is believed that we have located him in France. Once more information is gained I will add it the page. My dad always said he was killed within one month of Thomas Graham. It was not a happy Christmas season for my family in 1917.
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William Graham UlsterĀ (2nd Cousin)
Ulster Defence Regiment. William Graham was a serving member of the Ulster Defence Regiment. On the 25th of April 1987 at his farm located at Limehill, Pomeroy. Co. Tyrone N. Ireland. He was shot by two IRA gunmen, this took place in front of his wife and children. He was at the time unarmed, he had been working inside a drive shed, both gunmen are now dead. His death is recorded in several books about the conflict in Ulster. In one it is indicated that it was known to security forces that he was an intended target by the IRA. He is buried in the church yard of the Presbyterian Church Pomeroy. Sadly I did not have a chance to meet this soldier.

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SJT. S. Patterson Connaught Rangers (Great Uncle)
Here is an interesting fellow. The name he is buried under is not his. He is a great uncle of mine, who joined the army under an assumed name. The reason for this died with him, he served in the Boar War but sadly his medals for that campaign are missing. Recalled to the colours he died in action just month into the Great War. The photo shows my cousin Regina visiting our uncles grave. Please look at the attached certificate which shows his last resting place.

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