Canada in the Second World War


Windsor C. Macdonald

Windsor C. MACDONALD was born on November 14, 1924 in Bay Side, New Brunswick.

On June 6, 1941, 16-year-old Windsor Clarence MacDonald 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. He deceased on November 13, 2014.

In 2009, as he was portrayed in the exhibition “Veterans Voices” at the Juno Beach Centre, Windsor C. Macdonald declared:

“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.”