George Richard La Croix

Sergeant George Richard La Croix, H17245  
Sturgeon Valley, Saskatchewan
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Birth place and date: George “Dick” La Croix was born in Prince Albert, SK on 1 March 1918.

Religion: George was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Occupation: Before the war, George served as a clerk.

Marital Status: George was married.

Next of kin: George’s next of kin was his wife, Elva La Croix.

Parents: His father was a pharmacist and owned a drugstore in Marcelin, SK. His father died during the flu epidemic of 1918 on 9 November 1918.  George was only eight months when his father died. His mother was nurse and had to put her children in a convent after her husband died.

Siblings: George had two older sisters, Marquerite and Marie.

Date and location of enlistment: George enlisted on 9 May 1940 in Manitoba.

Medals: George was awarded the Memorial Cross.

Additional information:

  • George loved to read and learned to play the piano while living in the convent.
  • George was a very loving husband father and wrote many letters to his family while he was serving overseas.

Burial location: George is buried at the St. Vaast-en-Auge Church-yard in France. He was 26 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

I want to thank George La Croix for leaving his family and friends and everything he knew to serve his country.  He risked his life every day and eventually made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

I cannot imagine how hard it would have been for him to leave his job in Winnipeg and spend the next four years of his life training and fighting every day. It would have taken a lot of bravery to say goodbye to his wife, Elva, and his two young children, a daughter aged 14 months and a son, under a year old. It makes me sad that George never saw them grow up and that they had to live without their father.

Without soldiers like George, it is possible that Canada would not be the free country like it is today. George mat not have been able to see the impact he had back then, but looking at it with hindsight, it’s obvious that he shaped Canada’s future. I think that he would be very proud of that fact because the rest of the nation is proud of him.

 

Witten by: Emma Elliot, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Emma Elliot, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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