Canada in the Second World War


Frank Battershill

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Frank Battershill was born on June 26, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

On June 6, 1944, Frank Battershill was a lieutenant commanding N°7 Platoon, “A” Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles who landed on the extreme right (western) flank of Courseulles. His platoon was fired at by a machine gun post in a lighthouse before it joined its company and eventually met up with British troops. Promoted to captain, Frank took part in the entire campaign in North West Europe, ending up for the last six months commanding a company with the rank of major. He arrived home in Winnipeg on December 31, 1945 and was discharged. He re-enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1951 and spent 14 months in Korea. He retired from the Army in November 1965.

Frank Battershill gained employment with the T. Eaton Company Limited in Edmonton in their Loss Prevention Department. In 1969, he was transferred to Vancouver as Divisional Loss Prevention Manager. He retired in 1981 and passed away on November 25, 2010.

In 2007, as he was portrayed in the exhibition “Veterans Voices” at the Juno Beach Centre, Frank Battershill declared:

“I joined the Canadian Army at a young age, in 1933, following a family interest in military rifle shooting, starting with my maternal grandfather and carried on by my father. I wish to go back to Normandy to remember in due solemnity those comrades who, in the search for world peace, offered their lives and paid the supreme sacrifice.”
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