Private Antonio Rene Vermette, H35754
Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Private Vermette is sponsored by the Province of Manitoba.
Private Vermette était parrainé par Province of Manitoba.
Antonio Rene Vermette was born in St. Norbert, MB on 16 June 1916. Antonio grew up speaking both French and English, and was fluent in both languages. He completed three years of high school and after graduating entered the work force. Prior to enlisting, Antonio worked as a baker. In April 1941 he enlisted at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg, MB. Shortly after enlisting, Antonio was attached to the 102nd Canadian Army Reserve Training Corp (C.A.R.T.C) and travelled to Fort William for training. In October 1941 he was transferred overseas and disembarked at Greenock. Shortly after arriving in England, Antonio enjoyed a few days leave before returning to duty. On 5 December 1941 he was posted to the 18th Field Ambulance of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He would remain with the Medical Corps until September 1943 when he was transferred to the 22nd Field Ambulance.
Antonio was killed in action on 6 June 1944 after suffering a fatal gunshot wound at 0900 hours. He was one of the 359 Canadians who were killed on the first day of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Antonio was just ten days short of his 28th birthday.
Antonio’s father died when Antonio was about to turn 8 years old in 1924. It was his mother, Clarisse who raised her son, and subsequently, she was the one to receive the notification of Antonio’s death by telegram. We can only imagine how the impact of the telegraph; the grief and sense of loss would have been tremendous but so too must have been the sense of fear for Antonio’s younger brother Emile who was serving with A Company of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. Undoubtedly, the loss of Antonio would have heightened her fear that her other son might also perish in Europe.
Antonio was originally interred near St. Aubin-sur-Mer, close to where he fell. Let us continue to remember Antonio and honour his sacrifice, and that of his mother, who bore the grief of his death. His life was given in the service of his country.
Witten by: Larry O’Malley, Principal of Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Larry O’Malley, directeur de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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