Always a Patricia


541 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
ISBN 0-88887-221-6
DDC 940.54'215





Reviewed by J.L. Granatstein

J.L. Granatstein, Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus,
York University, served as Director of the Canadian War Museum from 1998
to 2000. His latest works are Who Killed Canadian History?, Who Killed
the Canadian Military, and Hell’s Cor


C. Sydney Frost served with gallantry and determination in Italy and
Northwest Europe in the Second World War, and he has made it a personal
crusade to see that the memories of his comrades’ sacrifices are

His first volume of memoirs, Once a Patricia, dealt with his wartime
service. This volume is a personal record of his travels in support of
his Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry’s causes and his
own. There are descriptions of his battles with bureaucrats and moving
tales of the reactions of Canadian vets and the Italian and Dutch
citizens they freed. There are accounts of war cemeteries across Europe,
and a variety of comments on other topics. PPCLI veterans and those
interested in commemoration will find this memoir moving.


Frost, C. Sydney., “Always a Patricia,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 22, 2024,