James Ernest Sawdon

Sapper James Ernest Sawdon, H39159
Kirkfield Park, Manitoba
6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Sawdon is sponsored by the Province of Manitoba.
Sapper Sawdon était parrainé par Province of Manitoba.

James Ernest Sawdon was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on 17 March 1921. Sawdon’s father was Ernest Sawdon.  Sawdon had 3 other brothers; William who was 21, Robert who was 19 and Donald who was the youngest at 18 years of age. Sawdon’s sisters were Marjorie who was 23 and Barbara who was the youngest out of all the children at 13 years of age. Sawdon could read and write English and when Sawdon went into the war he wasn’t in school.

When he enlisted in Winnipeg on 1 June 1940 he was working as a farmer and truck driver on his father’s farm in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. Sawdon had no other experience other than driving and he had no other work experience.  However, Sawdon indicated on his employment record sheet that he did not desire to return back to driving after he came home from the war.

Sawdon’s overall health was great. Sawdon was 6”3/4’ weighted 154 had blue eyes and dark brown hair. Had a scar on his back left ankle and another one on his right shin. Sawdon’s hearing was great and his sight was good. Sawdon didn’t have anything really bad with him. No disease’s, any head injuries or broken bones. Sawdon had really good lungs and his heart was good.

During the war Sawdon was AWL (Absent without leave) 4 days in a row and got injured a lot/ Sawdon had 7 days of leave and was discharged 3 times. But then Sawdon got 5 days’ pay throughout 14 days and also awarded the Canadian volunteer service medal and clasp. Then Sawdon was killed in action.

Sawdon was enlisted to the army on June 1st 1940 when he was 19 Sawdon was in Winnipeg Manitoba at the time.

Sapper Sawdon completed his Pioneer training in Canada and was initially posted to 2nd Battalion RCE and arrived in England with them on 2 September 1940. On 2 December 1943 he was transferred to 6 Field Company RCE. By this time the Company’s training emphasis focused on Assault Training with its focus further sharpening in the first few months of 1944 to the preparations for the D-Day landing and assault.

During the D-Day assault Sapper Sawdon was part of L/Sgt W.A. Meek’s team supporting No 7 Platoon of A Company of the Regina Rifle Regiment during their assault on Nan Green beach. He had calmly remarked to his colleague Sapper Spencer the night before the landing: “I will be meeting my mother in the morning” (his mother had died a few months earlier).  He landed in the first wave and was killed by rifle fire at the water’s edge. He is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France.

Based on research by a student at Smith Falls Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada and research conducted by the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association.
Rédigé par:un élève de Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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