Private Clifford Melbourne Oxtoby, B135512
Scarborough Bluffs, Ontario
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Birth place and date: Clifford was born in Toronto, ON on 23 November 1923.
Home town: Clifford grew up in Toronto, ON.
Religion: Clifford was a member of the United Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Clifford served as a machinist.
Marital Status: Clifford was never married or had any children.
Next of kin: Clifford’s next of kin was his mother, Adell Oxtoby.
Date and location of enlistment: Clifford enlisted on 2 November 1942 in Toronto, ON.
Medals: Clifford was awarded the Memorial Cross.
Burial location: Clifford is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France. He was 20 years old when he died.
Student’s final reflection:
Clifford Melbourne Oxtoby was born on 23 November 1923. Coming from Toronto, he worked as a machinist. He was only 16 years old when he left high school. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the military.
Clifford will be remembered for his great dedication to his country and we will forever keep him in their hearts. As one of the great paratroopers that served in the war, I would like to thank you for your contribution to this country.
Written by: Alison Lemon, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Alison Lemon, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
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