Bill Andrews Daniels

Rifleman Bill Andrew Daniels,  L28053
Balcarres, Saskatchewan
The Regina Rifles Regiment 

Bill William Andrew Daniels was born in Balcarres,  Saskatchewan, Canada on 8 January 1920. He lived in Balcarres along with his father, Angus Daniels and his mother, Helen Daniels. He had ten siblings between the ages of three months to 27 years old. Bill also had three other siblings who passed away during infancy. He and his family were of the Roman Catholic religion.

Bill was a healthy man standing at 5 feet 7.5 inches with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. Bill had only finished schooling up to grade six. Even with his lack of education, he still was fluent in both French and English; English being his first language.

Bill joined the Regina Rifles Regimentand was then part of the unit #12th District Depot, CAA and was ranked private which is the lowest military rank. The Regina Rifles were nicknamed the “Johns”, reason being that the majority of people enlisted were part of the farming industry. (Farmer Johns)

He was first taken on strength training on 21 May  1941 in Regina. He got his first embarkation leave on 7 July 1941 for five days until he arrived to Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bill was then trained and ready to be on field and embarked on a ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 August  1941. The ship left Halifax the next day and landed in Gourock, Scotland on 1 September  1941. Bill was admitted to the 14 General Hospitals on 5 December  1941 and discharged on 11 December  1941. He proceeded to stay in the United Kingdom up until 6 June  1944, when he was killed in action on D Day at the age of 24.

Bill was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, a campaign medal achieved a naval personnel if they completed six months service, and at least one voyage made through an operational area or be a Royal Observer Corps personnel for service of 1080 days. He was also awarded the France and Germany Star, which could be achieved by operational service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Germany from 6 June  1944 to 8 May  1945. He was also awarded the Defence Medal, which was obtained by service in the Second World War. Also, he was awarded the War Medal, awarded to people who full-time served in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy for at least 28 days between 3 September  1939 and 2 September 1945. The last medal awarded was the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp, achieved by being any rank in the Navy, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service from 3 September 1939 to 1 March 1947.

Bill was buried in the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Normandy, France. He was killed on 6 June 1944. His father, Angus Daniels, being his next kin received all of Bill’s belongings.

 

Written by: A student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

 Rédigé par: un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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