Rifleman Charles Edward Higgins, B112940
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Charles was born on 13 May 1924 in Toronto, ON to parents Thomas and Bertha Higgins. Charles had four brothers and three sisters. Charles only completed his primary school education, never making it to secondary school. Instead he got a job as a plater’s helper who would create metal plating for things like electric boxes.
Charles enlisted to the army on 14 May 1942, the day after his 18th birthday, proving his strong desire to fight for what he believed in. He was placed into the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. His regiment of the QOR was one of the first to land on Bernieres-sur-Mer, which had a huge pillbox with heavy machine guns defending the beach. Unfortunately, Charles was among the ones who were killed in action on 6 June 1944. Charles did not die in vein as he, and the other soldiers who landed on Juno Beach, helped to push further than any other beach assault on the first day of D-Day.
Charles was willing to fight for his beliefs and for the liberation of Europe. In the end he made the ultimate sacrifice, losing his life. However, his efforts have not gone unnoticed and he will never be forgotten. Thank you Charles for the efforts you made in the fight for Juno Beach.
Witten by: Mitchell Peberdy, a student at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Mitchell Peberdy, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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