Memories of War: George Routledge

Roland “George” Routledge was born on February 17, 1938 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He enlisted as a peacekeeper with the Canadian Forces on August 26, 1955 and was with the Black Watch (B.W.) Depot until February 1956 in Sussex, New Brunswick. From February of that year to November 1959 he was with the B.W. 2 Royal Highlanders of Canada (R.H.C.) unit as an instructor, and later B.W. Depot until September 1964.

Peacekeeper George Routledge

Peacekeeper George Routledge

George married Shirley Maude Schofield on July 6, 1963, and had one child Gregory (May 21, 1965 – June 6, 1999).

From 1964 to October, 1969 he was a member of the 1 R.H.C. unit in Gagetown. In the Fall of 1966 to Spring 1967, George was stationed in Cyprus. From October 1969 to May of 1970, he was with 2 Royal Canadian Regiment (R.C.R.) in Fort York, Germany.

From May to August, 1970, George was stationed with the R.C.R. unit at the Combat Arms School Infantry Division in Gagetown, New Brunswick.

He received several medals including United Nations Cyprus, Canadian United Nations Cyprus, Canadian Forces, and the Canadian Decoration CD and Clasp.

George was discharged as Warrant Officer on February 8, 1978.  An avid fly-tyer, he continues to operate George’s Fly Shop in Renous.

Watch George recall memories of his time serving in Cyprus below, or click here to watch on YouTube:

Mr. Roland “George” Routledge husband of the late Shirley (Schofield) Routlege of Renous River Road, passed away Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Miramichi Regional Hospital, at the age of 78.


  1. Heather King on November 10, 2015 at 10:44 am

    My dad Roland F Scriver was in Cyprus at this time…also with the Peace Keepers…

  2. sonny weatherbee on November 9, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I was SGT Routledge’s driver in Cyprus before we went to Cyprus we train in Gagetown – George and myself went to the out post Like in Cyprus to give out Meals–.In Cyprus I drove George to the out-posts. THOSE WERE THE DAYS

  3. Edith Odonnell on March 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I have great respect for this hero… Such a wonderful man!

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