Joseph Setlak

Rifleman Joseph Setlak, H41952
Hadashville, Manitoba
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
 

Joseph Setlak was born 25 March 1923 in Hadashville, Manitoba, Canada. He was raised by his mother and father, Francis and Adam Setlak.  He had three brothers and five sisters. His brother’s names were John, Walter, and Nick. The names of his sisters were Annie, Mary, Helen, Kathleen, and Sophie. Joseph was five feet and 8 ½ inches tall and weighed about 139 pounds. Joseph’s complexion was medium, and had hazel eyes with dark brown hair. Before he enlisted in the army, his occupation was that of a farmer. He enlisted in the war 7 October 1941.  His service unit was the 1st Royal Winnipeg Rifles of Canada.  His rank was that of a rifleman – the equivalent of being a private. Joseph died at the age of 18 on 6 June 1944 due to wounds he received in action. He is buried in the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian military cemetery Beny-Sur-Mer, France. The location of his grave is Grave 3, Row G, Plot 5.

Joseph Setlak joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (RWR) on 7 October 1941 in Winnipeg Manitoba. He was transferred to Portage La Prairie for basic training camp (BTC) on 18 October 1941.  He remained in basic training until 7 January 1942 when he enrolled for driver training, successfully passing the course on 17 February 1942. Approximately 1 month later he shipped out to Halifax in preparation to leave Canada by a transport troop ship heading to England. He leaves Halifax for England on 20 March 1943. In May 1942 he receives one week leave while in England. He takes a course with his unit on 25 June 1942 and remains in this course until 24 August.

On 15 January 1944 he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for enlisting early in the war.  On 3 June, Joseph and the rest of the RWR boarded their troop ships in Southampton England getting ready to land on the Normandy beaches.  Specifically, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the rest of the Canadian regiments would land on a beach area code-named Juno.  The RWR would land in front of the coastal village of Courselles-sur-Mer.

According to his military record Joseph left his worldly belongings to his father Adam back in Hadashville, Manitoba.  All of us can only hope that Joseph’s sacrifice and the sacrifice of other Canadians on this day will not be forgotten.  This would be the real tragedy of the war and for our nation.

Written by a student at Smiths Fall District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, 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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