Joseph David Dobbs

Captain Joseph David Dobbs
Royal Canadian Artillery

Captain Dobbs is sponsored by Col. David Patterson, 1st Canadian Division HQ.
Captain Dobbs était parrainé par Col. David Patterson, 1st Canadian Division HQ.

Remembering the gunners of 66th Battery, 14th Field Regiment, RCA who landed on Juno Beach to Bring freedom to Europe. Ubique!

Official account of Captain Dobbs’ death, as submitted by Rob Stark, Archivist, 12th Field Regiment, RCA:

I am the archivist for the 12th Field Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) and our Regiment History states that on June 8th, 1944, the 12th SS Panzer division attacked the town of Putot-en -Bessin and forced the Winnipeg Rifles to give up the town which they had just captured. During the Panzer attack, Captain Dobbs was wounded by an enemy mortar and later died of his wounds. There are always errors and discrepancies in the recording of events, especially during battle. Checking the official Secret War Diary for the 12th Field Regiment confirms that on June 8, 1944 Captain Dobbs of the 11th Field Battery was a casualty (along with all of the officers of the 16th Field Battery). It does not mention in the Diary that he subsequently died of his wounds.

Biography of Captain Dobbs researched by Luke Miller, student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada:

Birth place and date: Joseph was born in Taber, AB on 15 May 1908.

Home town: Joseph grew up in Vulcan, AB.

Religion: Joseph was a member of the Church of England.

Occupation: Before the war, Joseph served as a hotel manager.

Marital Status: Joseph was married.

Next of kin: Joseph’s next of kin was his wife, Frances Margret Dobbs.

Date and location of enlistment: Joseph enlisted on 21 May 1940 in Calgary, AB. Joseph was with the 12th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, serving with the 11th Field Battery as a Commanding Officer’s Troop Commander.

Medals: Joseph was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM.

Burial location: Joseph is buried at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 32 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cannot comprehend the thought of Joseph leaving his wife, children, friends and job to go and support our country in the Second World War. His courage and bravery that resulted in the loss of his life is not something that can just be “thanked.” Our appreciation towards the dedication Joseph had shown to Canada is something we need to show in a more personal way. I hope this tribute to Joseph shows my appreciation.

Joseph and his wife Frances has two children, Marlene June (born 1932) and Josephine (born 1938).  While living in Vulcan, Joseph worked as a hotel manager until he enlisted in Calgary with the Royal Canadian Artillery on 20 May 1940. Joseph was transferred overseas on 27 December 1940, only seven months after enlisting. In 2942 he was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to Captain.

Joseph is just one of many men and women who lost their lives during the Second World War. He left behind his young family to serve his country. His story, along with the other men and women who lost their lives, will never be forgotten in the minds of Canadians. Lest we forget.

Written by: Luke Miller, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Luke Miller, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, 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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