Private Gordon Charles Connaghan, B75489
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Private Connaghan is sponsored by the Canadian Airborne Forces Association.
Private Connaghan était parrainé par Canadian Airborne Forces Association.
Birth place and date: Gordon was born in Toronto, ON on 30 June 1917.
Home town: Gordon grew up in Toronto, ON.
Religion: Gordon was a member of the Baptist Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Gordon served as a machinist.
Marital Status: Gordon was married to Gertrude Mildred Connaghan.
Next of kin: Gordon’s next of kin was his wife, Gertrude Mildred Connaghan.
Date and location of enlistment: Gordon enlisted on 22 April 1943 in Toronto, ON.
Medals: Gordon was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, the Memorial Cross, and the CVSM with Clasp.
Burial location: Gordon is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France. He was 26 years old when he died.
Student’s final reflection:
It has been almost seven years since Gordon’s passing. Rather, since the day Gordon was killed. A day that would make the tears run down his parents faces as they found out they had lost their only son, a day that his wife wouldn’t get out of bed because she felt so sick after hearing the news that the husband she loved so very much was now gone.
Gordon was one of the few paratroopers who were killed on D-Day. Gordon risked his life just so everyone back in Canada could live a strong and happy life. The thoughts that went through his head that day must have been immense.
Gordon was reported missing in action for two days and before being pronounced killed in action.
Learning about Gordon’s story and everything he went through just to protect Canada, our home country, was amazing. I just hope there are more people like him in the world. I can’t put into words how much I, and the rest of Canada, appreciate what he did for us.
Written by: Breanna Croft, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Breanna Croft, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
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