John Baptist Louis

Rifleman John Baptist Louis, H195726
Fort William, Ontario
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

John was a Canadian soldier of Ojibway heritage, who died with his compatriots while attacking Juno Beach on D-Day. It is unlikely he knew that he knew his actions on that fateful day would actually result in the eventful liberation of Western Europe.

John’s parents – Nancy and Vincent – initially received telegraphs from the government informing them that their son had been wounded. Later they found out that he was actually killed during the D-Day assault.

John had been born 19 November 1923 in Northern Ontario. He received no formal education until the age of 13 when he went to live with a relative in Toronto. For three years he attended St. John’s School, learning technical subjects. At the age of 16 he left school to work. He originally worked as a farmhand and then as a deckhand on a ship. He would later go on to be a welder. His father had worked  in an aircraft factory in Fort William, ON.

John never married and had enjoyed sports, especially baseball and soccer.

John enlisted in 1943 in Fort William, ON. He was transferred to Shilo, MB for training and then left for the UK in August 1943.

He boarded a ship on 3 June 1944 which his fellow Royal Winnipeg Rifles, and disembarked on Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. He was killed that day.

John was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp. He is buried at Berniers-sur-Mer in France.

Written by: Miles Ross, a student at Oakville Trafalger High School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Miles Ross
, un élève de Oakville Trafalgar High School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

THIS TRIBUTE PROFILE CONTAINS AVAILABLE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ONE OF THE CANADIANS WHO DIED ON JUNO BEACH ON 6 JUNE 1944. THE PROFILE ALSO RECOGNIZES THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION WHO GENEROUSLY SPONSORED THIS SOLDIER, AND INCLUDES A MESSAGE OF THANKS AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE SOLDIER’S NATIVE TONGUE AND HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE LEST WE FORGET PROGRAM AND, IN SOME CASES, THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED WITH THE SOLDIERS. DUE TO THE INCONSISTENCY OF HISTORICAL RECORDS AND THE SPARSE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST-HAND WITNESSES, WE KNOW MORE ABOUT SOME THAN OTHERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE ANY MATERIAL OR HELP IN OUR EFFORTS TO PRESENT THE BIOGRAPHIES IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH, PLEASE CONTACT: JBCA@JUNOBEACH.ORG.

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