Lieutenant Colonel William Dalton "Dalt" Heyland, DSO
William Dalton Heyland was born on 31 October 1906 in Claresholm, Alberta. He joined the 2nd Alberta Mounted Rifles in May 1930 and was promoted to Captain in 1935. In 1936, the name of the regiment was changed to the 15th Alberta Light Horse. During this time "Dalt" attended training at Sarcee Camp in Calgary every summer. On 24 May 1940, he joined the Calgary Highlanders and reverted to the rank of lieutenant. He attended Infantry School for six months at Currie Barracks in Calgary before joining the Highlanders stationed at Aldershot, England in November. Upon Dalt's arrival, he was posted to "D" Company as Platoon Commander of 16 Platoon and he was soon promoted to Captain in charge of all unit transport. After about one year in charge of transport, Heyland attended Battle Drill Training and Senior Officer's Battle School. While in England, he married Margaret Anne. He then proceeded to France where he took control of "C" Company with the rank of Major. On 15 December 1944, Heyland was promoted to Second in Command of the regiment when Major Bruce McKenzie left for an indefinite posting at the divisional NCO school. Shortly after crossing the Rhine River, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ross Laird Ellis, fell ill and was taken to hospital. Heyland was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Highlanders for the remainder of the war and the battalion's return to Calgary in November 1945. Heyland was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defense of England Medal, the Voluntary Medal, the Victory Medal and the Efficiency Decoration (ED). He received his discharge from the army on 10 January 1946 and went into business with Ross Ellis, forming Ellis-Heyland Motors in High River. From 1958 until 1970, Heyland was the appointed Magistrate for High River and District and spent six years as a Justice of the Peace and then another six years as Chairman of the Development Appeal Board for High River.
The citation for his DSO reads as follows:
HEYLAND, William Dalton,
Major - Distinguished Service Order - Infantry - awarded as per Canada Gazette
dated 10 November 1945 and CARO/6193 dated 12 November 1945.
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