Rifleman Andrew Galoway Mutch, H42053
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Andrew Galoway Mutch was born on 16 March 1920. Andrew was born in McCreary MB. He grew up in McCreary with his parents Mary Ann and James George Mutch. He had eight siblings, four sisters and four brothers. Andrew attended Tobarmore, Eden, and Union schools until he was in the fifth grade. He worked on farms until 3 December 1941 when at the age of 21 he joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.
One of Andrew Mutch’s brothers, Robert Mutch, also landed on D-day with the “A” Company’s Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He was taken prisoner on 8 June at Putot-en-bessin, France by SS Officers before being executed along with twenty-six other soldiers.
He entered training on 4 December 1941 to become a Rifleman. He was granted Christmas leave from 22-27 December 1941. He then moved on to the Infantry Advanced Training Centre (I.A.T.C.) as a rifleman. He left Canada for Europe on 2 June 1942 and on June 12 he arrived in the United Kingdom. Andrew was considered in the ‘field’ as of 17 July 1942 which may mean he was in training with other units in preparation for the Dieppe raid as part of a special unit. He was sent to France as a member of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles participating in the “D-Day” Normandy landings. He was part of “A” company of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division.
Andrew was 5 feet 11 inches at time of enlistment. He had blue eyes and brown hair.
Andrew died at the age of 24 fighting for his country. Mutch Lake in Manitoba is named after him. He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer service medal and clasp. He is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian war cemetery in Normandy France. His grave is located at Plot 5 row B grave 6.
Written by: Blake Cameron, a student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Blake Cameron, un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
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