Alexander Bleoo

Sapper Alexander Bleoo, C2374
Ottawa, Ontario
6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Bleoo is sponsored by Steven and Lisa-Dawn Dolan.
Sapper Bleoo était parrainé par Steven and Lisa-Dawn Dolan.

 

Alexander Bleoo was born on 9 September 1917. He enlisted in 3 Field Company RCE in Ottawa on 19 January 1940. He had a hard time adjusting to military life and was found guilty of several military offences early in his training. However, after his release from His Majesty’s Prison Maidstone his record was almost spotless. On 18 November 1943 he was transferred to 6 Field Company RCE and he qualified as a concreter shortly after that. By this time the training emphasis of the Company focused on Assault Training and its training focus further sharpened in the first few months of 1944 in preparation for the D-Day landing and assault.

Bleoo landed in the first wave with 2 Platoon in support of B Company of the Regina Rifle Regiment. Of the six sappers in his team only Bleeo and the team leader Sgt G Chapman made it off the beach without being wounded. He didn’t survive the day, however, as at 1700 hrs while moving forward with the Regina Rifle Regiment one mile out of Reviers, the engineers and infantry came under heavy German mortar fire. A mortar round landed on top of a nearby ditch and he was killed. Due to heavy fire it wasn’t possible to recover his body and he was initially listed as Missing. Lance Sgt G. Chapman who saw him killed reported his death and Bleoo’s status was changed to “Killed in Action.” His body was eventually recovered and he now rests in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France.

…. Based on Research conducted by the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association.

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