Lest We Forget – Windsor MacDonald

| December 3, 2014

The Canadian veteran Windsor MacDonald passed away on Novembre 13, 2014. On June 6, 1944, he had landed in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, with the North Shore regiment. Lest We Forget.

Windsor C. MacDonald was born on November 14, 1924 in Bay Side, New Brunswick. On June 6, 1941, at age 16 he lied about his age to join two of his brothers in the North Shore Regiment. He enlisted in Newcastle, New Brunswick and trained in Sussex before he set sail from Halifax, Nova Scotia in July. Pte. MacDonald became a regimental signaler and spent almost three years training in England before landing in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on D-Day.

He was in France for nine days before a motorcycle accident sent him back to England to recuperate. That September, he rejoined his regiment and finished the European campaign in Holland. He sailed home from England on July 21, 1945, exactly four years after he left Canada.

When he returned to the Miramichi, Windsor worked as a blacksmith. He spent time in Toronto where he made parts for the city’s new subway. For 12 years he worked in a body shop with his brother, before he moved to Moncton to refuel planes at the airport, where he retired in 1984.

In June 2009, for the 65th anniversary of D-Day, Windsor was invited by the Juno Beach Centre to be part of the temporary exhibit Veterans Voices, where his story was being presented. It was the first and last time he came back in Normandy and could visit his brother Alwyn’s grave at the Canadian military cemetery in Bény-sur-Mer/Reviers.

“During our training my brothers tried to get me sent home because of my age, but I was determined to go and promised to enlist elsewhere if they did. I thought there was a chance I would get injured, but never thought I would die and wanted to go with my brothers.”

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