Gunner Bernard Thomas McHughen, E21366
Royal Canadian Artillery – 19 Field Regiment
Birth place and date: Bernard was born in Sudbury, ON, on 22 March 1916.
Home town: Bernard grew up in Sudbury, ON.
Religion: Bernard was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Bernard served as a labourer.
Marital Status: Bernard was never married or had any children.
Next of kin: Bernard’s next of kin was his Mother, Mary McHughen.
Date and location of enlistment: Bernard enlisted on 4 July 1940 in Levis, QC.
Medals: Bernard was awarded Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp and awarded the First Good Conduct Badge.
Burial location: Bernard is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer War Cemetery in France. He was 22 when he died.
Student’s final reflection:
At the very young age of eighteen, Bernard left all of his friends and family to join thousands of other brave men and women to protect our country. Bernard gave up the protection of a life at home with the people he loved. Although he had no previous military experience, Bernard took up arms to fight for what you felt was the right thing to do. Bernard went through a lot of training and has so much to learn in such a short amount of time before being sent out to fight for us.
While Bernard enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces, he missed out on so many things back home; things like birthdays, and everyday activities. Life at home went on for everyone Bernard loved and cared for, but they never forgot him and what he did for them and his country.
It has been 70 years since Bernard’s demise, but he has not been forgotten, nor will he ever be forgotten. I, as a Canadian, am proud and thankful for Bernard and what he did for us. He gave his life to protect our freedom.
Written by: Rachel King, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Rachel King, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound Ontario, Canada.
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