Lieutenant Hugh MacMillan Walker
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Humbly Sponsored by The City of Yorkton
Birth place and date: Hugh was born in Yorkton, SK on 14 October 1922.
Home town: Hugh grew up in Canora, SK.
Religion: Hugh was a member of the Baptist Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Hugh was a student.
Marital Status: Hugh was never married or had any children.
Next of kin: Hugh’s next of kin was his father, William Walker.
Date and location of enlistment: Hugh enlisted on 10 June 1941.
Medals: Hugh was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.
Burial location: Hugh is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France. He was 22 years old when he died.
Death: On the night of the invasion, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion parachuted into Normandy on the Eastern side of the Dives River; they successful achieved its objective of establishing a strong point here protecting the left flank of the Allied landing beaches from assaults by German armoured forces. Hugh landed with C Company, which suffered large losses of personnel and equipment. They fought hard to achieve their objective of establishing a strong point at the Le Mesnil Patry crossroads, but were badly outgunned. Hugh was killed by a direct shellburst from a German 88mm gun.
Student’s final reflection:
Not many people know who Hugh MacMillan Walker was, but I am one of the few that have gotten to know him and his story. Hugh was one of the many soldiers that fought in the Second World War. Hugh entered the army at a very young age in my eyes, only 18 years old at the time. Hugh was an only child and had a single parent, his father. Hugh grew up in Canora, SK.
I believe that Hugh was being very brave to go to war. Hugh stated that he was trained to be a parachustist and was in the unit 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. Hugh had to do jump training to qualify as a parachutist when he first joined the army. Hugh had no previous military experience but that did not stop him from doing what he thought was a great opportunity.
Written by: Ravyn, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Ravyn, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
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