Rifleman Edward Kirk Garrett
The Queen’s Own Rifles
Rifleman Garrett is sponsored by the City of Toronto
Edward Kirk Garrett was a rifleman in 3rd Canadian Division who served in the Second World War. He was born 11 May 1916 in Toronto, Canada. Garrett grew up on St. George Street in Toronto with his parents, May E. and Herbert Garrett. He was raised in the Baptist Church.
Garrett went to Technical High School in Toronto, his highest standing in school was Junior Matriculation which was grade 11. Garrett was not married, but he had two children. Garrett eventually went on to work as a Service Station Attendant for Super Test Petroleum for around a year before enlisting into the army. His job as a Service Station attendant was not permanent and Garrett’s employer was unable to promise him a job if he came back from the war.
Garrett enlisted into the army on 6 May 1942 in Toronto; when he was 26 years old. Garrett was part of the 3rd Canadian Division, his Brigade was the 32nd Canadian Brigade Group, and his regiment was Queen’s Own Rifles. Garrett started his training in Simcoe, Ontario but after around one month of training Garrett was transferred to Borden to complete his basic training in Canada. Garrett then embarked from Halifax to the UK where he would take part in the D-Day invasion. Garrett was eventually awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for his voluntary service in the army.
Garrett’s regiment landed at Beny-Sur-Mer at 8:12am on June 6th, 1944. Garrett was killed in action in Beny-sur-Mer, and later buried in Beny-sur-Mer in a Canadian War Cemetery. His Grave reference is I.G.2 and his tombstone reads:
Til life departs
You live forever
In our hearts, Mom and Dad.
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
Written by a student at the Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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