Canada in the Second World War


J. William Ross

JJ. William ROSS Born on February 15, 1925 in Montréal, Québec

On D-Day, William Ross landed at Bernières-sur-Mer with 14 Platoon of “C” Company of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. He then advanced to Basly and Anguerny. For the next 27 days, William’s platoon was in front line action participating in contact patrols, fighting patrols, night patrols and the Regiment’s attacks. On leaving Anguerny, they were actively involved at Brouay, Le Mesnil-Patry, Norrey-en-Bessin, Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse, spent a night in the Gold sector to help British Guards regiments against counterattack, Cairon (secondary position), Marcelet and finally Carpiquet and its airfield. William Ross was wounded on July 4, hospitalized in England, and returned to the regiment in early September at La Cappelle on the outskirst of Boulogne. He was in Germany when the war ended.

When William Ross returned to Canada after the war, he had not yet reached the age of 21. He returned to work at Canadair and finished his trade apprenticeship as a fitter machinist. He went to work in the sheet metal trade and also worked on manufacturing vending machines. He then changed careers to become a specialist in heating, cooling and airconditioning units. After 25 years of service, he retired as Sales Manager.

In 2009, as he was portrayed in the exhibition “Veterans Voices” at the Juno Beach Centre, William Ross declared:

“I feel very grateful for having survived the war and I think of our fallen comrades who never had a chance for a full life. I am very honoured and proud to represent them.”