Trooper Donald Brock Hilliard, K69438
Penticton, British Columbia
Fort Garry Horse
Donald Brock Hilliard was a 21 year old soldier who fought for his country and was unfortunately killed in action on military operation on 6 June 1944. Donald was born in Armstrong, British Columbia on 21 January 1923 to his mother Ruthella Hilliard and his father Wilmot Brock Hilliard. Donald never married and had four siblings: three sisters and one brother. Edward, Donald’s oldest brother, was also involved in the military. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Donald became involved himself. Donald was of Christian faith and before signing up for the war, he had a job as an electrician. He enlisted in Vernon, British Columbia on 27 October 1942 at the age of 19. After just more than eight months of serving overseas, Donald was killed in action on 6 June 1944 on Juno Beach in Normandy, France.
Donald was placed in Vancouver, British Columbia as a Private with the 11th District Depot with the Canadian Army as of 27 October 1942. As 19 November 1942 rolled along, he posted to 110th Canadian Army Basic Training Centre and was taken in the very next day. 26 January 1943 came and Donald was taken out of the Basic Training Centre and attached to the Canadian Armoured Corps for advanced training in Camp Borden and was promoted to Trooper. Donald became a qualified tank driver (Class III) on 9 April 1943. As of April 27 he was granted a nine day embarkation leave from the Canadian Armoured Corps Training Regiment, completely paid for by the military, before being sent overseas. Once he returns to the military on 5 May 1943, Donald is sent overseas to the United Kingdom eight days later. Upon posting to the Canadian Army Tank Regiment on 15 July, Donald Hilliard was taken on the Canadian Armoured Corps Reinforcement Unit a day later. Donald left the United Kingdom on 3 June 1944 and arrived in France on 6 June 1944 and unfortunately dies that same day. He dies as a member Fort Gary Horse Canadian Armoured Corps.
Donald’s father and next of kin, received his son’s 1939-1945 Star, France & Germany Star, Defense Medal, War Medal, and his Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. Donald Brock Hilliard is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery in Calvados. The village of Beny-sur-Mer is about two kilometers south-east of the cemetery. His gravestone is referenced at Grave 11, Row F, and Plot 12.
Written by: Danie Oosthuizen, a student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : Danie Oosthuizen, un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
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