Joseph Guillaume Duguay

Private Joseph Guillaume Duguay, G27926
Shemogue, New Brunswick
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

Private Duguay is sponsored by Col. H. Colin MacKay, CD, Deputy Surgeon General, RCMS and Jennifer A. Lavoie.
Private Duguay était parrainé par  Col. H. Colin MacKay, CD, Deputy Surgeon General, RCMS et Jennifer A. Lavoie.

Uncle Guillaume newspaper clippingBirth place and date: Joseph was born in Shemogue, NB on 22 February 1917.

Home town: Joseph grew up in Shemogue, NB.

Religion: Joseph was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Occupation: Before the war, Joseph served as a farmer.

Marital Status: Joseph was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: Joseph’s next of kin was his mother, Mary Duguay.

Date and location of enlistment: Joseph enlisted on 11 July 1940 in Moncton, NB.

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

Burial location: Joseph is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer War Cemetery in France. He was 27 when he died.

Other: Guillaume, as he was known to family and friends, was dating a young woman named Sarah when he enlisted and was killed.

Student’s final reflection:

One 6 June 1944 Joseph was presumed missing and later discovered dead along with hundreds of other Canadian soldiers. Joseph risked his life to capture the beaches of France from Germany. I know Joseph was greatly missed by his mother and father and six brothers and sisters.

It was an honour to learn more about you and unveil your past. I will always remember you, and I promise to share your stories with my children so your life will continue through those who remember you.

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

Thank you also to the family of Joseph Guillaume Duguay for supplying additional information and photographs of their loved one. 

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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