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H. Clifford Chadderton
Born 9 May 1919(1919-05-09) (age 103)
Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps
Known for Canadian Veteran advocate

Hugh Clifford "Cliff" Chadderton, CC OOnt (born 9 May 1919) is a Canadian World War II veteran and Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps.

Born in Fort William, Ontario, he worked as a news editor for Canadian Press and a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and he attended the University of Manitoba. Chadderton played for the Winnipeg Rangers hockey team, the farm team for the New York Rangers.

He enlisted on 15 October 1939, serving with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the Non-Permanent Active Militia. Chadderton rose from non-commissioned rank to officer commanding an infantry company with the acting rank of Major. He was stationed in Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was wounded twice, once by a bullet at the Abbaye d'Ardenne in Normandy and once by a grenade near the Leopold Canal, losing his right leg below the knee.

In 1965, Chadderton became the Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps.

In 1967, the Government of Canada named Chadderton to the position of Executive Secretary to the Canadian Pension Survey Committee along with Hon. Judge Randall and Colonel Nantel under the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ottawa, Ontario.

He is Chairman of the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada, an umbrella organization for a variety of veterans' groups. Chadderton played a leading role in the campaign against the controversial NFB documentary, The Kid Who Couldn't Miss and in pressuring the Canadian War Museum to rewrite its Bomber Command exhibit.[1]

Chadderton is married to Nina, and has two children, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.


  • In 1977, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[2]
  • In 1986, he was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada.[2]
  • In 1987, he was named a Serving Brother of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, more commonly known as the Order of St. John.
  • In 1990, he was raised to the rank of Officer Brother of the Order of St. John (OStJ).
  • In 1990, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) from Acadia University.
  • In 1991, he was awarded the Order of Ontario.
  • In 1992, he received a Doctor of Laws, Honoris causa, from the University of Winnipeg.
  • In 1998, he was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada (CC).[2]
  • In 1999, he was granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria and inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.
  • In 2001, he was admitted to the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the rank of Commander (CLJ).
  • In 2004, he was named a Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour of France.


Canadian artist Christian Cardell Corbet completed an oil painting of Chadderton in 2005.


  1. "War Museum to Reword Controversial Display", CTV News, April 28, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010

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