Canadian Second World War veteran, George Lynch-Staunton recently passed away. On June 6, 1944, he had landed in Bernières-sur-Mer, with the 14th Field Regiment. Lest We Forget
George Lynch-Staunton was born on June 1, 1923 in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Between April 1939 and October 1941, George Lynch-Staunton belonged to the 15th Alberta Light Horse. Between October 1941 and July 1946, he joined the 21st, 14th and 13th Field Regiments. He was wounded on D-Day as a member of the 14th Field Regiment, which supported the Queen’s Own Rifles in Bernières-sur-Mer. On June 6, his captain died in his arms.
During his 34 year military career he rose from officer cadet to Lieutenant-Colonel of the 19th Alberta Dragoons and 20th Field Regiment RCA He was honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and honorary colonel of the 20th Field Regiment and 5th (BC) Field Regiment for 28 years. He was also honorary Aide de camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta for 17 years.
After the war, George Lynch-Staunton graduated in Commerce and Law at the University of Alberta. He practiced law for 20 years in Edmonton, was Assistant Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta for 15 years and member of the Human Rights Tribunal panel for 2 years. In his retirement, as Associate Director of Juno Beach Centre Association, he was instrumental in securing contributions for the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy.
“I have always felt a duty and privilege to be involved in areas where I can make a contribution in the life of such a country as Canada and where I live.”
In June 2009, for the 65th anniversary of D-Day, George Lynch-Staunton’s history was portrayed at the Juno Beach Centre in the temporary exhibit Veterans’ Voices, which was presented again in 2014 for the 70th anniversary.
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