It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Georges Regnauld on November 11, 2018.
Georges Regnauld was a great friend of the Juno Beach community.
When the Allies landed on June 6, 1944, he was 19 years old and he resided with his parents in Bernières-sur-Mer. He worked on a farm near Bernières. At dawn on June 6, he often told us that he saw the horizon full of ships and he understood that it was the landing. Georges shared with us his experiences on June 6, which he always described as the longest day of his life. Georges played an active role on D-Day, performing first aid on the wounded, but also burying the dead.
On June 6, he was particularly marked by his first meeting with a francophone Canadian who asked, “You, are you German?”. Since that conversation, Georges remained a friend to many Canadian soldiers. Correspondences exchanged over 70 years with veterans and their families testify to this bond.
Georges spent his life keeping the memory of the fallen alive by laying flowers on the graves of the young Canadians he encountered on D-Day, such as Corvac Medrick Joseph of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, killed on June 6, 1944. He welcomed many veterans to his home, and was always present during commemorations.
Georges also closely followed the creation of the Juno Beach Centre. In June 2017, he donated his correspondences, testimonials and photos to the Centre. We will always remember this benevolent man, informing tourists about the assault of Juno Beach, or seeing Georges passing by on his bike through Bernières and Courseulles.
“I am among those who remember but do not forget” – G. Regnauld.
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