McGill War Records:

Chaplin wins Victoria Cross at Dieppe

John Weir Foote




McGill University (Grad 1934)


Foote, John Weir (1904-1988). Born in Madoc, Ontario, and serving with the Canadian Chaplain Services attached to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, the Reverend John Foote was the first Canadian Chaplain to win the Victoria Cross. Landing with his regiment at Dieppe on August 19, 1942, Reverend Foote assisted the medical officer in tending to the wounded. Through eight hours of exhaustive battle, Foote exposed himself to relentless enemy fire. The night after the raid, refusing to be taken into safety, Captain Foote surrendered to the Germans so he could continue to minister to his regiment. Three years later, Foote and his comrades were released by the British Grenadier Guards.