Rifleman Emil Saruk, H41473
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Rifleman Saruk is sponsored by the City of Winnipeg.
Rifleman Saruk était parrainé par City of Winnipeg.
I am proud to pay tribute to the memory of the 16 Winnipeg soldiers killed in action during the assault on the beachs of Normandy on June 6, 1944. These young men, representing a number of different regiments, gave their lives fighting for freedom. It is right and fitting to remember their sacrifice. I commend the Juno Beach Centre for its committment to creating a striking visual memorial during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. These markers remind us of each individual sacrifice, as well as the gravity of Canada’s loss.
– Mayor Sam Katz, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Birth place and date: Emil was born in Winnipeg, MB on 13 December 1916.
Parents: Emil’s parents were Emily and his father had passed away before he enlisted.
Siblings: Emil had a sister which he financially supported.
Religion: Emil was a member of the Greek Catholic Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Email served as a carpenter.
Marital Status: Emil was married to Lena.
Children: Emil and Lena had one child, Sharon Dale, age 3.
Next of kin: Emil’s next of kin was his mother, Emily Saruk.
Date and location of enlistment: Emil enlisted on 30 October 1940 in Winnipeg, MB.
Medals: Edward was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France – Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.
- Emil spoke English and Ukrainian.
- Emil’s highest level of schooling was grade eight.
Burial location: Emil is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 27 years old when he died.
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