CABELDU, Frederick Norman  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Cabeldu, Frederick Norman
Date of birth: 1905
Nationality:  Canadian
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO)
Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit: 1st Battalion The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
Action: Recommendation:
On 9 June 1944 at Putot-en-Bessin, after prolonged mortaring, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles position was over-run by tanks and infantry resulting in the loss of half the position.
Lieutenant-Colonel Cabeldu was ordered to counter attack with two companies of 1st Battalion The Canadian Scottish Regiment. This attack which he personally directed was successful ant the position was restored.
For the ensuing seven days 1st Battalion The Canadian Scottish Regiment held Putot-en-Bessin against several counter attacks and they were under almost continuous mortar fire.
The steadiness and high morale of the 1st Battalion The Canadian Scottish Regiment can be attributed to Lieutenant-Colonel Cabelduís calm handling of every emergency, his tireless devotion to duty and inspiring leadership under the most trying circumstances.
Details: Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 August, 1944.
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO)
Rank: Brigadier
Unit: 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
Action: Recommendation:
Brigadier Frederick Norman Cabeldu has commanded the Fourth Canadian Infantry Brigade in action in Western Europe since 31 August 1944. The brigade has established an enviable reputation and has been most successful in battle due in no slight degree to the able leadership and sound tactical knowledge of its commander.
During the period 19 February to 8 March 1945 the Fourth Canadian Infantry Brigade successfully completed some of the most difficult tasks ever assigned to it. On 19-20 February, they seized and held, in spite of the desperate efforts of crack German troops, the Louisendorf feature, vital to the success of the divisional assault on the Goch-Calcar road. Later they cleared the northern half of the Hochwald Forest in a brilliantly executed operation and against enemy who died in great numbers manning their weapons to the last. On 8 March 1945, Fourth Canadian Infantry Brigade successfully seized the area immediately south of Xanten and there the last fanatical resistance of the enemy defending the Wessel bridgehead was smashed.
At all times Brigadier Cabeldu exercised complete control, skilfully using supporting arms and quick to exploit any method or opportunity to hit the enemy harder or relieve a hard pressed situation. His frequent visits to his units in the midst of battle were always encouraging and his advice constructive. His enthusiasm was contagious and he has earned the absolute confidence of all ranks in his brigade. As a result of this commanderís outstanding leadership, good judgment, personal courage and exceptional resourcefulness, the Fourth Canadian Infantry Brigade is a fighting force ready and capable of handling any situation which may arise
Details: This award was obtained in the form of an Bar to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Periodic Award.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 11 October, 1945.
 
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Information source(s):   - ZUEHLKE, M., Holding Juno, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., Vancouver, Canada, 2006.
- National Defence and the Canadian Forces
   
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