Elmer Grenville Swan

Lance Corporal Elmer Grenville Swan, C75648
North Augusta, Ontario
The Royal Canadian Signals Corp

Lance Corporal Swan is sponsored by Col. James Holsworth (ret’d), The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and the Township of Augusta.
Lance Corporal Swan était parraine par Col. James Holsworth (ret’d), The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals et Township of Augusta.

In memory of RSM Walter Jamieson, 4th Division Signals, and all the Canadian Signallers who fought through France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany following the triumph of D-Day. 

Elmer Swan was born in North Augusta, Ontario on the February 21 1921. He had three brothers named Donald, Stewart and Robert as well as four sisters named Mary, Bertha, Margret and Nancy. His father’s name was John. At some point in his life he moved to Prescott, Ontario.  He lived in Prescott with his wife Helen Swan. He finished school in grade nine and begun working to support his family. He worked at several jobs before enlisting in the Canadian Army in 1942. He worked as a truck driver and then a garage mechanic before going into glove cutting for five years. He went right into the military from glove cutting, and even though his employer offered him a job when he returned from military service, he had no desire to return to his glove cutting job. Elmer was able to read and work in English as his first language.

Elmer enlisted in the military on 15 March  1942; On 10 April Elmer was transferred to Ottawa. From 14 May  to 21 May Elmer had embarkation leave. He was then struck off strength to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (R.C.C.S) on 20 May. From there he was taken on strength to a unit in Kingston Ontario as reinforcement for the Royal Canadian Signal Corps. Elmer was struck off strength to Kingston unit in preparation to being posted overseas on 30 May. He disembarked in the UK and was taken on strength to 1st Canadian Signalers reinforcement unit on 6 June 1942.

On 21 August 1942 Elmer got a week of personal leave. Then on 21 November  he got advanced wireless and telephony training before being attached to the third Canadian division signals. On 31 March  he was certified for trade qualifications. On 15 January  1944 he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer service medal and clasp. While in the field on 17 March  he was appointed acting lance corporal likely because the previous lance corporal was transferred to another division. Finally on 6 June 1944 he was killed in action on Juno beach.

Elmer Grenville Swan was killed on Juno Beach, Normandy, France on 6 June 1944. He was first buried at an unknown location before he was dug up then reburied on 18 November 1944. He was reburied in Grave 13, row E, Plot 5, of Beny-Sur-Mer cemetery, France. Elmer was awarded the France Germany Star, for serving in France. The 1939-1945 star for serving between the years 1939 and 1945. The Medal war awarded to army personnel for completing 6 months of service in an Operational command. He was awarded the Defense Medal for service in non-Operational areas for one year unless subject to attack or bombing then it was shortened to 6 months. He was awarded the War Medal which is awarded to all soldiers who served 28 days between September 1939 and September 1945 and dying during the service. He was finally awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for volunteer service over eighteen months.

Written by: A student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : un élève de Smiths Falls Collegiate, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

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