How did Donovan Redknap die? Korean war veteran cause of death Explained

Donovan Redknap

Reg. Donovan James aka Reg Rednap passed away on November 22, 2022. Let’s see how did Korean war veteran die and Donovan Redknap cause of death in detail.

How did Donovan Redknap die?

Donovan James’ demise news was confirmed by the Canadian War Museum. The death statement shared on their Facebook page reads,

“We were saddened to learn that Donovan (Reg) Redknap passed away on November 22nd, 2022. Reg was a beloved Volunteer Interpreter at the Canadian War Museum and had been with us for over two decades. He will be sorely missed. We offer our condolences and gratitude to his family.”

Donovan Redknap cause of death

Donovan J. (Reg) Redknap, a retired soldier passed away on November 22, 2022. Major Donovan “Reg” Redknap was a son of a WWI veteran who fought at Paschendaele and himself a 30-year veteran with tours in Korea, the Golan Heights and Kashmir.

Reg was a genuine soldier to the very end, overcoming difficult medical obstacles over the past year with bravery and resiliency. Reg battled with illness for an year and sadly passed away. Donovan Redknap cause of death was illness.

Robert Gauvin shared a tribute and it reads,

“Our friend & museum volunteer Reg Rednap left us late last week. For those who didn’t know…Reg was his military name. His real name was Donovan James. I never had the nerve to ask him how the name Reg came about.”

Who was Donovan Redknap?

Reg was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1931 to Archibald and Violet. In 1935, he and his family relocated to Bournemouth, England. They later came back to Canada and settled in Guelph, Ontario.

Donovan Redknap enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1951, and in 1952. To his father’s delight, he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant in the artillery. 

Reg service includes the Korean War in 1953, two UN tours, peacekeeping missions in Cyprus, and later, observation missions in Kashmir. After his retirement, he settled in Ottawa and returned to military intelligence as a civilian, where he was a strategic analyst for ten years.

He shared his knowledge of Canadian military history for 20 years as a volunteer at the Canadian War Museum and served for eight years on the board of the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa. For his contributions, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Reg’s family:

Reg’s devoted wife of 34 years, Claudette C. Légaré, survives him, as do his daughter Susan (Graham Southwell), his grandchildren Thomas Southwell (Rebecca Lister) and Lucy Southwell. His nephew Scott Harding (Sue Dupuis), niece-in-law Debbie MacDonald. His grandniece Maddy Harding (Nick Johnson), his stepdaughter Christine Emond (Paulo Ouellet), and step grandchildren Cindy Ouellet and Zachary Emond (Danika Lavergne) were all included in Reg’s family.

Funeral services:

A private military service will take place at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa, a charity close to Reg’s heart –

Heartfelt thanks to Perley Health for their dedication and outstanding care shown to Reg when he needed it most. For the full memorial please visit the Beechwood Cemetery website at

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Tributes to Reg:

Jo L. Barden posted,

Mr. Donovan Reg Redknap, thank you for your service, G-d Bless you, RIP.

Sally Jane commented,

Beautiful photo of a beloved man fir his country and his fellow man RIP.

Michael A. Stickland

Thank you for your service to Canada. RIP.


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