Canada in the Second World War

People

Pierre Clément

Identity
Pierre CLÉMENT (Joseph Pierre Amable)
Born January 8, 1918 at St-Joseph des Cèdres, Quebec and died on November 26, 2010.
Son of Omer Clément and Virginie DeMontigny.
Married to Adrienne DeMontigny on September 6, 1951 (deceased October 6, 2005)
Father of Christiane and Martine

Norman origins
Paternal: Pierre Clément married Catherine at St-Jacques, in the city of Tarascon, Arles Diocese, Provence. His son Pierre Clément married Catherine Prézot in Montréal, April 19, 1702. The Clement families established themselves at Pointe-Claire, Soulanges and Les Cèdres. Pierre Clément is a tenth generation descendant of the Clément family. On October 16, 1900, his father, Omer Clément, married Virginie DeMontigny. The ancestors of Virginie came from Rouen, as did those of Pierre’s wife, as they came from the same ancestral line.
Maternal: Jean Testard married Anne Godfroy at Saint-Vincent in Rouen in Normandy (date unknown). His son, Jacques Testard, married Marie Pournain in Montréal, November 24, 1659. In 1748, the Testard family became the Sieur Testard DeMontigny family. Among other places, the family established itself in Québec City, Montréal, Ste-Marthe de Vaudreuil and Les Cèdres. The late Adrienne DeMontigny (the wife of Pierre Clément) was a tenth generation descendant of the Testard (DeMontigny) family of Normandy. 

Education
Pierre remained in school until the eighth grade. The son of a farmer, he worked actively on the family farm. In 1960, he enrolled to study golf course management at the University of Amherst in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Self-taught, Pierre became a lecturer to young students on the historical heritage of his region.

Military Service
Number: D-57592
Final rank: Sergeant
Pierre Clément enlisted in Montréal, July 12, 1940, in the Régiment de Maisonneuve. On September 5   1940, he arrived in England with the Régiment de Maisonneuve (2nd  Division). During the next four years, he perfected his skills, rising from the rank of private to sergeant (mortar instructor). He was very active on the Canadian hockey team of the Régiment de Maisonneuve, and in the choir of the Régiment. On July 6, 1944, he landed on the Normandy beaches. Moved to the front lines, passing through Authie, Caen, and the entire Normandy campaign, the Régiment de Maisonneuve pursued its march of liberation through Northern France, crossing the Seine, and finally arriving in Belgium and Holland. Boarding ship for the return on the “New Amsterdam” in September, 1945, he was officially demobilized on October 23, 1945 in Montréal.

Medals and Decorations
1939-1945 Star
France-Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)

Before and After the War
1934-1939: Sailor – internal Canadian merchant marine (St-Lawrence and Great Lakes)
1934-1939: Winter season: worker – hockey stick manufacturing in Vaudreuil
End 1945-1959: Transport Canada – Chief Painter, Soulanges Canal (23 km)
1960-1982: Superintendent – Summerlea Golf Club
1961-1980: Founding Mayor – Village of Pointe-des-Cascades
Since 1974: Founding President, Historical Research Society of Pointe-des-Cascades
1982: Official retirement; Curator at the Parc des Ancres Museum at Pointe-des-Cascades

 In June 1940, the France of Joan of Arc was crying for help! From this far off echo, I felt the call. By July 12, in the uniform of the Canadian army, I was a soldier! This was followed by a long stay in England. On July 7, 1944, feet on the Norman soil. Ancestors, here I am! Even if the ground often shook under my feet, I was there where I wanted to be! In September 1945, I re-crossed the Atlantic, returning home, alive, to see my mother, my father, my brothers and sisters. In 2004 at the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in Caen, I was presented with the Normandy Landing Insignia, of which I am very proud.”

 

Pierre Clément (on the left) with his brothers in arms.

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Pierre Clément with his grand-sons (1987).