In 1942, RCAF Squadron Leader Leonard Birchall discovered a Japanese fleet poised to attack Ceylon. His signal to the authorities saved Ceylon but he and his crew were shot down and captured. His warning earned him the title Saviour of Ceylon, but it was his demonstration of responsibility, integrity and courage as a Japanese prisoner of war that has made him a symbol of leadership in Canada. The following link is of a interview done by Radio Host Jordi Morgan of News 95.7 FM with Squadron Leader Birchall's Daughter. http://www.news957.com/listen/listenplayer/420447--friday-november-9-1030am
The Birchall Leadership Award is presented annually by the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada to carry on Air Commodore Birchall’s tradition of leadership. This year’s recipient was Vice Admiral (Retired) Larry Murray and he was presented the award Thursday 8 November at a dinner in CFB Stadacona. The pictures blow show some of the events of the evening. (All photos taken by MCpl Leona Chaisson)
Birchall Dinner Attendees
Vice Admiral Madison introduces Vice Admiral Murray Vice Admiral Murray accepts the Birchall Award from Mrs Sharon Chandler, Squadron Leader Birchall's daughter
Vice Admiral Murray speaks after award presentation Vice Admiral Murray with Sea Cadets.
RMC Band performs Her Honour Joan Grant, Claudia Buckley,
Vice Admiral Murray, LGov BGen JJ Grant