Rifleman Bernhard B. Gross, H41255
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Bernhard Bernhard Gross was born on November 9 1916. He lived in Morden, Manitoba, Canada all of his life before he enlisted in the war. He was never married and he worked as a labourer. His mother was Mary and his father was Rudolph. Bernard had two brothers and one sister. Their names were Faldin, Fred, and Dorothy. Faldin was twenty-six, Fred was thirty-one, and Dorothy was thirty-two years old when Bernard passed away in 1944. Bernard also had another brother, Rudolph, who passed away in infancy. Bernard was born on a farm for four years and he had planned returning to the farm after the war.
Bernhard left school when he was seventeen years old. Bernhard could speak fluent English and German but could only read English. He enlisted in the war on June 27 1940. He was twenty-three years old at that time. His religion was Lutheran and he was part of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. His regimental number was H41255. On June 6 1944, Bernhard was wounded and died later that day. He was twenty-seven years old when he died. He was buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery. After he was killed, his family received his medals including the France and Germany Star and a Defence and War Medal as well as the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.
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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