James George Broadfoot

Private James George Broadfoot, B135587
Toronto, Ontario
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Private Broadfoot is sponsored by the City of Toronto and Bruce McGoveran.

We Remember

Birth place and date: James was born in Toronto, ON on 6 October 1923.

Home town: James grew up in Toronto, ON.

Religion: James was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Occupation: Before the war, James served as a truck driver.

Marital Status: James was never married or hand any children.

Next of kin: James’ next of kin was his mother, Frances Louise Broadfoot.

Date and location of enlistment: James enlisted on 5 November 1942 in Toronto, ON.

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

Burial location: James is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France. He was 21 years old when he died.

Death: James, along with 2 others – Corporal Boyd M. Anderson and Lt. Joseph Phillipe Rousseau – had been tasked with proceeding to the village of Dozulé, located on the main highway to Caen, in order to meet up with the Mayor, who was also named Rousseau. Anderson later recalled: “It was thought that the mayor was friendly to our cause.  We were to ignore whatever trouble was going on and proceed immediately by whatever means we could to Dozulé and locate Mayor Rousseau and strike up a conversation with him with the hope of establishing a relationship and find out the numbers and disposition of the German troops in the area.  Lieutenant Rousseau was very excited about this assignment, and of course I was pleased to have been selected for this dangerous but unusual task, and like Lieutenant Rousseau, I was all gung ho to get at the job.” Unfortunately, Anderson was unable meet up with either Rousseau or Broadfoot when the jump got scattered.  He learned later that the lieutenant was killed in the early morning hours of D-Day at Gonneville-sur-Mer and Broadfoot was shot to death later in the day.

Student’s final reflection:

James George Broadfoot should be remembered again and honoured for a life well lived, and although short, it was in the name of freedom.

James was born in Toronto, ON and his parents were Frances Louise and Robert Broadfoot. He had three brothers, Ronald, Matthew, and Robert, as well as one sister, Elizabeth Lindsey. James attended public school until the age of sixteen. James enjoyed playing baseball and swimming and liked to roller skate with his friends. James worked for Christie Brown and Co. as a baker for two years and then went on to work at a Gurney Foundry as a shipper.

James enlisted in the military when he was just nineteen years old. Captain H.J. Newman, an Army, Examiner described James as “energetic, ambitious, with good aggressive attitude tempered with self-reliance and dependability” and “a military-minded youth.”

James embarked overseas to the UK on 23 July 1943 and took on various furloughs. On 6 June 1944 he was employed to Normandy and killed in action.

I want to thank James for fighting this war for Canada, freedom, and any other cause he was worth dying for. His death was not for nothing. James’ story and sacrifices have touched my heart and changed my perspective of the world. James’ fight, and the meaning of his death will not be forgotten.

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

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