Canada in the Second World War


Sid J. Pass

Sid J. Pass served with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Sid J. Pass was born in 1926 in Brantford, Ontario. He began his military service in 1943 in London, Ontario, and qualified as a paratrooper in Shilo, Manitoba, on December 14th, 1943. He was sent to Carter Barracks, Camp
Bulford in the south of England and continued his training along with the rest of the Battalion. He arrived in Normandy on August 9th, 1944 by boat. He was slightly wounded in Normandy on August 14th, 1944, but not severely enough to keep him out of action. He returned with the Battalion to England on September 7th, 1944.

In December 1944, he fought during the Battle of the Ardennes in Belgium, then in the Netherlands. On March 24th, 1945, he parachuted over the Rhine River in Germany, and continued with his Battalion on the long trek to Wismar on the Baltic. He returned to England on May 19th, 1945 with his Battalion. He returned to Canada in June 1945 and was stationed at camp Niagara-on-the-Lake before being discharged after the Battalion was disbanded in September 1945. After being released from the army, he worked for Massey Ferguson, a farm equipment company. Sid married Harriet and raised a family of 3 children.

Sid Pass passed away in December 2017.


Source : Sid J.Pass & Joanne de Vries